Magnus Chase: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

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Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.


2 million times better than the first one. Although that might not be fair to the first one, because I think I fell into what I like to call Riordan Burnout. I was in deep with Riordan Spiral time, and after binge reading Percy series and then Heroes of Olympians series along with the graphic novels and a few other extras….Mandy might have been a little tired out of her mythology man, Riordan when she got to the first book. But let’s say that Riordan brought it all in the second installment of this series, and I’m just so ready for book 3.

I thought this pacing was a lot better than the first. I will admit that the one crown is knocked off for the pacing parts mostly because I would get super hyped but then it would take kind of forever to get through one part and then I died out a bit. But then I would get super hyped again because Riordan brought the fun as usual. I just think it could have gone a bit faster in parts.

I really really really enjoyed all of the characters in this novel. In the first book, I really didn’t care for any of them, but I was especially harsh on Magnus and Sam. I LOVED them in this book, and Magnus was a wonderful MC. He was full of wit, he was realistic, and he brought a lot of heart. Sam was just so wonderful too. She is totally fierce and strong in so many of the ways, and her and Amir were just wonderful to see together. Hearth and Blitzen brought the fun and again SO MUCH HEART, and even though they’re not Coach Hedge, they’re fantastic sidekicks.

There were new characters introduced and some of these minor gods/new characters were hilarious and amazing. And speaking of new characters, we were introduced to Alex. Alex is just a shining, amazing addition to this cast. Alex brought the sass and so much strength to this story, but also forever showed that you can be strong and brave but also super vulnerable, too. It was brilliant characterization.

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Ariel’s quite upset that she’s not here for book 3, which has promises of water in it.

Also, Riordan continues to make a brilliant cast of characters that are exceedingly diverse. Alex is gender fluid, and it was amazing to see all the moments that Riordan devoted to this. I loved every second of it, and Riordan continues to bring the wonderful diversity needed in YA.

The plot was also a lot more interesting. There was a cool flow that we got into, and I was super invested in the search for Thor’s hammer. It brought the classic Riordan humor and random events that were equal parts hilarious and weird that he excels at. It reminded me a lot of the Percy book plots that I had come to expect instead of the long drawn out story.

Overall, this was a wonderful second book to the series. Riordan brought his writing game yet again, and to me, this series is right back on track. I loved the new additions to this book, and it was such a fun ride. I was so eager to get back to this book each day, and I love my Magnus Chase crew now. Cannot wait to see where book 3 takes us! 4 crowns and an Ariel rating BECAUSE IF YOU READ THIS AND KNOW THE ENDING, YOU KNOW WHY.

four stars

What do you think? What was your favorite book of the series? What was the last second book in the series that was better than the first? Was Magnus Chase your favorite series from Riordan? Let’s discuss in the comments below!


31 thoughts on “Magnus Chase: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

  1. I had the same reaction to the first book. I just didn’t connect to the characters. I almost didn’t continue the series, but then decided that it was Rick Riordan and I needed to read it anyways. The second was way better. Nice review.

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  2. I’m so glad you ended up enjoying this book more than the first! I really do need to get back onto the Riordan train because I’ve been hitting a lot of deadbeats lately. 😭 His characters and plot lines do tend to be so lively, and I also really respect how he manages to up the level of diversity in his books. Terrific review, and I hope you enjoy book 3 even more! 😀

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      1. Just the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series! I thought Heroes was pretty weak tbh (great characters though), but I discovered The Trials of Apollo recently and found it absolutely hilarious!😊 You?

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      2. I agree about Heroes. It was the characters that really stuck with it and made it shone. And Trials and the Kane Chronicles are the only ones that I haven’t tried. But I’m so excited for it you said you found it absolutely hilarious! 😀

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  3. hahaha yeah… you went all crazy with his books haha but that is completely fine and fun! This saga does not call my attention as it should haha but I am happy that you liked this book better than the first one! the love has returned! haha

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      1. Yeah I get it! his other books are really good, why not read all he has written? haha I am happy that you like them, once I get to that point I will try to pick them up!

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  4. I love this series, but I might be biased because I LOVE ALL OF RICK RIODAN BOOKS!! You’re gonna love book 3! 💕

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  5. Honestly I wasn’t really on the Magnus train in book one, but really enjoyed myself in book two so I thought maybe I was misremembering it? But I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one!

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  6. My gosh has it been soo long since we came back to this fabulous bookish community and now we’re back to increasing our TBR – which for the life of us can’t seem to shrink (but we all love it that way 😉)

    Riordan is just so fantastic when he writes mythological books that makes our hearts burst with feels!! The PJO/HOO series would always be by our hearts but Trials of Apollo is a close 2nd (or 3rd after HOO)! Though Magnus Chase is FANTASTIC (if we can excuse his dislike for blue *gasp*)

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      1. Aww thanks darling – and really we missed you!! 😊❤

        Who would have thought that out of all the greek/roman gods/godesses that Rick Riordan would choose Apollo and his POV is absolutely brilliant!! 👌👌
        How can one hate the colour blue?!!

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      2. ❤ ❤ ❤

        YES. Apollo wouldn't have been my first thought for where he would go with it. I mean Hades or Zeus or Athena would be quite intriguing to be be snatched in there but that's what I've heard about his POV. Glad to hear it!

        And I'm not sure!! There are so much of it in this world to enjoy.

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      3. From Riordan’s work (in HOO), Athena had became a goddess we disliked…so incredibly mean to dear Annabeth! But she’s generally an interesting goddess. Also, Artemis for us is extremely cool and badass!! (But then again…she is all about WOMEN POWER and Riordan perhaps feel he can’t do her justice – though of course he would ‘cuz he’s just ACE!)

        And we all know Zeus…um..goes around and that’s what gets his wifey all jell-jell (aka jealous 😉) and takes it out on the kids…let’s not mention her hurting our sassyprince Percy!

        But Hades…😍👍👌👌👌
        Soo misunderstood from the start but like the chillest god parent everrr!! And uncle at that (to Percy etc.)

        …would you look at that…we wrote a post – nope a comment! Basically sorry for wasting your time reading our rant (and this bit but yea) 😆😅

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      4. I definitely wanted to see more about Artemis. She had her epic girl power posse, and I was os ready for more of them.

        lol SO true. I definitely wouldn’t want to read about him.

        And I just want alllllllllllllllllllll the Hades retellings. Just little sulky, broody hades all for the win.

        And lol no worries!! 😉 No wasting but plotting the epic Greek mythology ness!

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      5. Well Riordan needs to see our comments!! And start writing more on those fave greek gods/goddesses of ours!!
        Literally Hades is the only REAL sane one out of the gods!! Lol

        Plotting is good. Plotting is needed for world domination.

        We mean – for books on greek/mythology awesomeness to be spread across the world for world domination.


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