Magnus Chase: Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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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 . . .

Oh, Magnus Chase, what have you done to me and my Rick Riordan spree? I’m just so UnMotivated now. So much drats.

I think there were a few things that went wrong and I kind of just fell apart altogether to become a big mess of I’m not really a fan of Magnus Chase. Shall…shall we count the ways?

I think the biggest issue for me was the characters. In Riordan books, there are always some characters that I just LOVE LOVE LOVE. I mean, Percy was so much love along with Tyson, Grover, Nico, and all the unique gods and more. Then you move over to The Heroes of Olympus with MY ULTIMATES Leo and Coach Hedge along with Percy yet again, Hazel, Reyna, and Frank. They were memorable, distinct characters that I loved, grew with, was entertained by, cared for deeply.

These characters? Honestly, I didn’t like Magnus’s voice too much. He felt like he was trying WAY too hard. Like, he felt the need to slip in a sarcastic statement every chance he got, and I’m like, dude, there is a rapid squirrel up your butt – maybe save the snark for a quiet moment of contemplation??? I just never connected to him, and whenever he would make another sarcastic/snarky comment, I was like, HERE WE GO AGAIN. Can’t I just feel some emotions????

Also, the rest of the characters were so eh…and meh…bleh. I mean, I honestly didn’t enjoy one character in any sort of way. The best character was maybe Jack the sword?? Some of the gods were interesting, but how is it possible that I read a Riordan book and wasn’t invested in any of the main team? Blitzen, Heartstone, and Sam were just so…I got absolutely nothing from them. I also totally didn’t understand Sam at all. I felt like her characterization was all over the place. So much sadness.

For the plot, I honestly felt like it was…I felt like it felt too much like the way one is supposed to wash their hair: wash, rinse, repeat. I felt like we did the same things over and over and over again. Also, I really did feel like it was the same formula that was used in Percy and Heroes of Olympus, and I just wanted something moreeeeeeeeee. I knew what was about to happen even though I didn’t know the specifics. Maybe it’s because I binge read Riordan too quickly?

However, I did like some of the plots. I thought the elf world was cool with the competition, and the pacing was pretty great at the first middle part because I did binge read that part very quickly.

Cindy would be feeling Magnus, I think, unless they were related since they have the same exact hair color.

Riordan’s writing was great as well. He still brings the funnies (and when he snuck in the comment about Jason Grace, I was DONE. IN.), and it’s still super easy to read. You don’t have to think so much and just has a great lightness to it. He developed his worlds pretty great, and I loved the concepts that he created (Hotel Valhalla was quite epic).

I just wasn’t feeling this particular Riordan novel. I just wanted something more from this novel than what I got. To be honest, had I not bought the entire rest of the series, I would most likely be skipping the next two novels because I just wasn’t a fan of so many things. However, Riordan still brings his particular Riordan flair with funnies, pretty good pacing, and unique moments. Definitely going down as my least favorite Riordan novel, and let’s all hope the second one brings back the Riordan love…and allows me to finish the book in a better amount of time instead of 39 days like this one did. D: 2 crowns and a Cinderella rating!


What do you think? Which of Riordan’s series was your favorite? Did you have issue with Chase or was I the only one not chasing after him? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

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UN Right #22

22. Social Security. We all have the right to affordable housing, medicine, education, and childcare, enough money to live on and medical help if we are ill or old.

Well, Magnus certainly has no security in this novel. We start off by meeting Magnus while he is homeless on the streets. Definitely doesn’t have any housing and has stopped going to education along with no money. When he, um, meets his new home, he is given some security but I’m not sure it’s exactly what he wanted since he was kind of forced into it. Intriguing concept there – forced social security.

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14 thoughts on “Magnus Chase: Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

  1. I also felt like this was basically a re-hash of The Lightning Thief. Magnus’s voice was completely unoriginal, and I also didn’t connect with any of the characters. However, I will say that if you’re into diversity and LGBTQ rep the next book is definitely worth the read.

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    1. It honestly just felt like I was back with Percy and a more annoying voice? XD Ugh, very disappointed. And oooh, that does make me more excited to try out the next one since I lost a LOT of excitement after the first one.

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  2. I love this series, not so much for the first book tho, but the next two are better! My fav series by Riordan is HoO and ToA!!

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    1. OOooooh that makes me so excited to hear that it gets better after the first one! I kind of was dying out on the next two. But I definitely agree about HoO, and I’m super excited to hear about ToA, since I’m so so excited for that one. 😀

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      1. You should continue then! And believe me ToA was hilarious, I even fell in love with Apollo after reading that!!

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  3. I get what you’re saying, I wasn’t a big fan of the first book and it was kinda flat, but I really liked the second one!! There’s some great diversity and a more
    solid plot to it, and is really a lot better than the first book! Great review!!

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  4. Ehh, Rick Riordan’s writing has somewhat declined for me since Percy Jackson, so I’m not surprised you found this one repetitive and lacking. But I’ve just started reading Trials of Apollo, and I THINK it’s pretty good so far? Eh, we’ll see. 😉 Great review!

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  5. For me, I felt like Magnus was a regression in RR’s writing. It felt juvenile and so I enjoyed the premise of the story more than the execution. I definitely feel that my enjoyment level improved over the course of the novels, but I agree that Magnus does feel a little forced. Come on dude, you’re not Percy and you’re not going to be – but okay, yes, you grow on me a little.

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    1. Okay, I feel SOOOOO much better, Kyera. You are forever my mythology guide, and I’m like I feel like such a bad RR fangirl here. XD But I’m glad that it improved and I’m eager to see how it goes. But yessssss so very true. 😉

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