Book Reviews

Book Review: the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan


Synopsis (Goodreads):

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’s never met – a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle 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.

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When I heard about this book, I got so excited because who doesn’t love Rick Riordan, right! So, I went and bought it and started reading it, and I loved the viking aspect of the story because Noris gods is one of the myths that I don’t know much about and Hollywood movies don’t do these myths their justice. So, I started reading the book and I was highly enjoying it in the beginning because it had a different beginning from Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus. But, 50 pages later, everything started to be so deja vu.

Although the main focus of the book is different, it was all the same. Troubled teenager, missing parent, weird stuff start to happen around this teen, going to some kind of camp (Valhara in this case), and of course there is a prophecy. All these elements exit in Riordan’s other series and honestly it made the book sound really repetitive! But, I didn’t give up on it and continued reading it because even if it’s repetitive, it wasn’t bad.

I loved how the book used popular culture, which is something Rick Riordan is known for, and I like that because it makes it more relatable to those who are reading it. I loved and laughed at most of the sarcastic jokes and comments, and this is what I love about Riordan’s writing; he never fails to make me laugh! NEVER.

Now let’s talk about our main character, Magnus Chase! First, I loved the name so much and I found it really fits the character’s personality. But, for me, I found Magnus as another Percy Jackson! More grown up, but basically another Percy and that annoyed me because I wanted to get to know a new character, and not read my favorite character  but in a slightly different form. Actually, this is what I noticed, that the main characters in Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus and Magnus Chase, are all mirrors of each other more or less.

Another thing that I loved is the reference to the other series! I just loved seeing glimpses and references to the other previous series here and there

The Action! I loved the action in this book; it was on point! Each chapter is more exciting and adventurous than the previous. However, I couldn’t get over the fact that the book was so predictable because if you read the previous two series, then you will know how things will unfold basically, and that took the fun out of my reading experience. I wanted be surprised and be all like, “Wooow, I didn’t see that coming,” but unfortunately, I saw most of it coming.

All in all, it was a fun read, and although the book was big (530 pages) it went by so fast because it was fast paced (in a good way) and adventurous and action packed. In case you’re wondering, no you don’t need to read the two previous series to read this one. But, if I recommend that you read Percy Jackson because that one was my favorite Riordan series.

Rating: 3 out 5 stars.


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