My Thoughts On: Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer

6:12:00 PM

Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Magnus Chase #1
Pages: 491
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 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 . . .

Rick Riordan is an amazing author! Everything that he writes is gold! I adored the Percy Jackson and Heroes Of Olympus series! They are definitely in my top 5 favorite series of all time! Rick Riordans writing is just so light-hearted and funny! Most YA books are very heavy reads, his books are like a breath of fresh air! while they are still action-packed and are very intense, they also aren't always serious, funny moments are happening 24/7 throughout this book and definitely making the fact they are fighting giants hilarious!

Annabeth is in it! DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT A SPOILER THIS HAPPENS ON THE FIRST PAGE I'm sorry I just felt like I had to make that heard. Annabeth is there on the first page, and it honestly isn't even important! I just thought I was very cute how he brought one of the characters we love into his brand spanking' new series! Although it isn't for long, at least she made an appearance! I also find the relationship between Magnus and Annabeth hilarious, as both are dealing with separate types of Gods and for some reason I find that amusing...?

The relationships between the characters are nice they all feel like one delicious family! Magnus and his friends are so perfect together! I enjoyed reading about them a ton, the situations they got themselves in and how they reacted were hilarious! One thing this book lacked, was romance! *gasps* a YA book without romance?! That's impossible. Although they are rare, they definitely exist, and Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer is one of them! Love wasn't on their minds in this book, they were a bit busy, you know doing more important things... I'm not sure whether to view this as a positive or a negative though. Some people might enjoy the refreshing break from all the lovey-dovey mushiness in other books, but I do enjoy shipping... So I haven't really made up my mind on that yet. At one point in the series I would like a l'il bit of love though, as Rick Riordan created Perabeth, why can't he create *insert ship name for Magnus and some other girl here*
(this is freaking adorable)

The ending wasn't intese but it left me begging for more! I can't exactly give details as that would be too much of a spoiler... All I can say is READ THE BOOK IF YOU WANT TO KNOW! Okay? Okay.

Percy Jackson is better... I can't bring myself to say I love this book when I have a glorious series called Percy Jackson to compare it too! I will always love Percy. I would never betray him. I found Percy's adventures a little better, this might however be because I found the Greek Gods more interesting than the Norse! I also felt as if Magnus Chase was a bit too similar, in Percy Jackson demigods went to Camp Half-Blood, in Magnus Chase Demigods (and occasional mortals) go to a hotel. Both ideas are flawless but after reading Percy Jackson first, they just seemed a little bit too similar to me! I did however greatly enjoy Magnus Chase despite this!

Final Rating:

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  1. I haven't read this yet but I'm exited to because I've heard so many good things about it! And I'm so glad to hear that Annabeth makes an appearance! I was wondering if she would or not, seeing as her and Magnus have the same last name.

    1. I totally recommend it! It's a super fun read! I'm really excited to see what you think of it!!

  2. I've read the first few Percy Jackson books and I've enjoyed them, still need to finish up with the last one though. I hear this series is really fun, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    1. Yess please finish Percy Jackson! It is my life *heavy breathing* also make sure to check out Heroes Of Olympus, because it is also AMAZING I will not deny that I have a Heroes Of Olympus shirt, I wear it all the time. Magnus Chase is super fun as well, you should try it out!

  3. I reeeally loved it too!! *parties quietly* I LOVE Percy and I think the Heroes of Olympus series will always be my favourite, but I LOVED Magnus and I loved how he was slightly more...sarcastic than Percy? Like Percy was 100% a dork. But Magnus had a bit more of a bite to him. Or something. IDEK. I JUST LOVED HIM. XD I was really surprised (and refreshed) at the lack of romance too! I wonder if it'll change in later books? But either way -- AFJDALD THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE RIORDAN BOOKS.

    1. YESSS I TOTALLY AGREE! Percy was a ginormous dork!! But Magnus seemed to have a little more of a meaneriness to him (great choice of words there, A+ for me) I ADORE sarcasm, passionately. It makes my day. I like using it, I like hearing it, I like reading about it. Is this normal? Probably not. But that is okay. I am so glad you liked it! This book is also one of my favorites and I don't know if I can manage waiting until fall for the next one!

  4. Hey you!
    I really enjoyed this review, especially since I have Magnus Chase in my TBR pile!
    I liked how you were honest with the fact that it has similarities with PJ and that PJ will always come first, but with that said, I'm glad to know that it is still a really fun read!
    Also, since it's my first time comenting on your blog, can I just say how much I love your design? Seriously, I'm all about clean, cool and simple designs!:D
    Take care girl!

    1. squeeee thank you so much! I will not lie, I spent HOURS working on this design, I have 0 knowledge of coding and designs. 0. So I am super happy you like it despite my... serious struggles! I changed it about a gazillion times until I came out with this one! Also,I am super excited for you, Magnus Chase is an awesome read!

  5. YAAAS wasn't this book amazing? Percy Jackson will always be my no.1 fav because c'mon those books were freaking epic and PERCABETH. *melts* And weren't the subtle nods to PJO just amazing? Rick Riordan, you sneaky bastard :P

    Great review, Maya! <33

    1. The subtly references made me SO happy. At one point I was dying because the reference just made me squeal from joy for some reason... And lets just say, my family was slightly concerned for my mental help at that point... I am also super-duper happy you enjoyed it as well!

  6. YES. I am so glad you liked this so much! To be completely honest, I’ve been a bit hesitant about reading this when it comes out because I’m worried that it won’t be quite as good as the Percy Jackson series, but you’ve eased my fears. (Although, I felt the same way when I started Heroes of Olympus, and, alas, look where I am now). So glad that Annabeth is in this (my spirit character TBH) and that there were some Percy Jackson cameos as well. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    1. I too was terrified of Heroes of Olympus! I felt like it was going to be some quick series that was just created to calm the raging Percy fandom... But it was not! No, no it definitely wasn't, it was amazing! With Magnus Chase I got the same feeling, that it wasnt going to be as good. I was however, very wrong! It definitely didnt fail me! You should totally read it!

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