Magnus Case and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

sword-of-summerMagnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Published: October 6th 2015

Pages: 499

Rating: Try It

Review

hammer-of-thorThor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.

Published: October 4th 2016

Genre: Mythology, Fantasy

Pages: 471

Rating:Try It

Format: Physical

Read from 9th to 21st December

So this review is probably going to feel very similar to the previous book because again I really struggled getting through this book. I don’t know if it’s due to me, the book, the story or what but I just really struggle to get into this story and this series. I’m glad there’s only one left and I’ll finish it considering I got this far but man it was a struggle.

The story is interesting but the pacing is just such a nightmare. It just doesn’t lend itself as well to the Norse mythology as the Greek in my opinion. There is a quest but it just sometimes feels forced along with the obstacles in place. Again, I don’t really love the characters. Magnus was the best part about the first book but his wit and humour is a lot less prevalent in this story but I like Alex. She provided a real contrast to the group and that was really important.

The main struggle I had was that the characters are older and seem smarter but miss some obvious plot holes in my opinion but the author confronts this by saying they know that they’re missing something. It just feels like such a long book and it’s not in an enjoyable way. There are just so many sections that are made to seem significant at the time but it then becomes insignificant because of how long the scenarios then take to play out.

There isn’t much I can say about this book. I can deal with it but I don’t love it. It isn’t a bad book, don’t get me wrong, but I would rather be reading something else.


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