Title: The Sword of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
Recommended for: 4th- 8th Grade
Pages: 512 pages
Call Number/Link: J FICTION RIORDAN, R.
Synopsis: Magnus 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 an uncle he barely knows—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph 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 . . .
I knew going in it was another teenage boy finding out his father was a god, but how many times can you go with that story line. Well, if you are Rick Riordan you can do this as many times as you like. This is another great series with action, adventure and a magic sword going up giantess’s noses. When reading Percy Jackson I had a great knowledge of Greek and Roman Mythology and so I enjoyed seeing those gods and goddess with modern twists. I have no Norse Mythology knowledge, (I don’t think watching Thor counts) but I felt like enough info was given that I was able to enjoy the sarcasm. Rick Riordan is great with the sarcastic characters. The group dynamics is interesting, their is Blitzen, a fashion savvy dwarf, Hearthstone, an elf who is deaf, and Samirah, a Valkyrie that is a teenage hijab-wearing muslim girl.