Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer follows Magnus, a homeless teenage orphan. Two years ago his mother told him to run, even after her mysterious death he never stopped running. Magnus survived on the streets of Boston avoiding his old life until his sixteenth birthday when his Uncle Randolph finds him and starts rambling about Norse mythology. When his uncle takes him to a bridge everything goes wrong. Magnus pulls a sword out of the river using telekinesis, then he cuts a fire giants nose off. In the epic battle between the fire giant and Magnus, they both die. Yes, I did say that the main character of the story dies. But the story’s not over yet! Come on now, we’re talking about a book written by Rick Riordan. You’ll have to read the book to learn about a giant screaming squirrel, the dwarf Taylor Swift and a talking sword.
I enjoyed how it has allusions to the other books that Riordan has written and even has dialogue between Magnus and Annabeth Chase.
I loved how the author described the gods, making them extremely human. Thor had a love of watching television shows instead of doing his job. Odin seemed a lot like a businessman because he had an extremely long powerpoint at the end that would be found in a conference room.
I also appreciated how the author didn’t make a knock-off of his other Series. Riordan made Magnus a completely new character that we teenagers could relate to. All of the characters that Riordan made had a completely different attitude than what his other series has been, it’s surprisingly refreshing.
The only thing that I didn’t like about this book is that the sequel isn’t out yet.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read in the fantasy genre. Or anyone who enjoyed the Percy Jackson series. You know what, I would recommend this to anyone that can read, that’s how good it is.
I give this book 5/5 stars.