Thursday, July 20, 2017
Book Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Book Review for: The Sword of Summer
(Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard)
Written by: Rick Riordan
Published by: Disney/Hyperion
I read: the hardback
An incredible escape to another world!
Riordan pens an enthralling new adventure involving the Gods of Asgard with “The Sword of Summer.” Our hero is Magnus Chase. After retrieving the sword of Summer from the Charles River, he’s promptly killed by Surt, the fire god. Thankfully, a Valkyrie named Sam, saves him and takes him to Valhalla where he becomes one of Odin’s soldiers known as the Einherjar.
Trouble is not far behind. Sam is expelled from the Valkyrie, and Magnus must re-find the Sword of Summer. Complicating matters is Fenris Wolf who is rumored to bring about Ragnarok in 9 days. Can Magnus and his friends, Sam, Blitz, and Hearth find the sword and save the 9 worlds from Ragnarok?
Riordan’s writing style is easy to read and engages the reader. His characters are likable and endearing. Magnus is brave in the face of danger, and loyal to his friends. There are plenty of villains who bring out the humanity of Magnus and his friends. The plot is fast paced, keeping young readers turning the pages.
The best character of the book is Sumarbrander – the Sword of Summer – who has a personality all his own.
Overall, “The Sword of Summer,” is a story with great characters, great action, and great appeal. The ending is satisfying and leaves the reader wanting to find out more about Magnus and his friends. I recommend this book for 10 years and older. A breathtaking read that will resonate long after the reader has finished.