The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

The Sword of Summer is the first book of the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard book trilogy: Rick Riordan’s trilogy about Norse mythology. If you want to know more about Riordan’s books, scroll at the end of the article and you’ll have every review I did of his book. (Yes, I was kind of obsessed with them last year :p)

Summary

The day Magnus Chase learns that he is the son of a Norse god, he is quite surprised, to say the least!

It seems that the gods of Asgard are preparing to go to war. But it is he, Magnus, who must prevent the end of the world by getting his hands on a sword that disappeared thousands of years ago!.

As if all that wasn’t enough, a giant flame attacks the city, forcing Magnus to choose between his life and the lives of thousands of innocent people… But for a demigod, what is death but the beginning of a new life? Magnus wakes up in the Valhalla Hotel, the warriors’ paradise: his first great adventure can begin.

Review

I started to read the Magnus Chase book trilogy straight after finishing The Kane Chronicles, and it was kind of a change of pace. Where I had great difficulty getting into the story with The Kane Chronicles, I had no issue at all with this trilogy. When I started reading The Sword of Summer, I could really feel that I was into the Percy Jackson universe! And I have to say, I was really happy about it. And what’s more, it actually really has a connection with Percy Jackson: Magnus is Annabeth’s cousin. For the longest time, I didn’t realize this, until SPOILER ALERT she actually appears at her funeral!

Anyway, back to the actual story. 

As I said, I had no trouble at all getting immersed into the Magnus Chase universe with The Sword of Summer. And, as a Marvel fan, it was really great (and hard, at the same time) to see the Norse gods in a new light. Seeing Thor, Odin, the Valkyries, or Loki in there, I really had a hard time getting the Marvel characters out of my head and actually substituting them with the (more or less) “regular” Norse gods. It’s something that’s actually referred to in The Sword of Summer and all of the following books in the trilogy. And, to be honest, I couldn’t picture them in my mind as anything else but how they look like in the MCU.

Back to The Sword of Summer, I said

Anyway, I lose myself! As I said, in this book, you can really recognize Rick Riordan’s style and universe building. And I’m such a fan of that. Like with Percy Jackson he manages to create a fantastical world out of thin air. Moreover, he manages to pull you into it! 

Aside from his worldbuilding, I enjoyed this book because of all of the pop culture references, which is something that he doesn’t do in the Percy Jackson books.

What about the characters?

The characters in this book are great: From Magnus to Hearthstone, Blitzen, or Samira (my favorite character in this trilogy). Rick Riordan always manages to build full, intelligent, and well-rounded characters, even just the minor ones have great dialogue. And I couldn’t wait to read more about what happened to them, especially to Samira.

And in the end, it’s the characters, more than the story that really make me decide if I like a book or not.

Should you read The Sword of Summer?

You should absolutely read The Sword of Summer! And for once, no required reading before.

But, if you really want to have the full Rick Riordan world-building experience, I would advise that you read, at least, all of the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books. Even if it’s just to comprehend a few details in the trilogy. 

Riordanverse

Percy Jackson and The Olympians

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Heroes of Olympus

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The Kane Chronicles

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

 

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