Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book Two: The Hammer of Thor (Rick Riordan's Norse Mythology) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-06 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"I think that I’ve decided that Norse Mythology is maybe my least favorite of all the mythologies I’ve learned anything about. This isn’t the first series I’ve read that when it delved into the Norse Mythology I didn’t get excited about it I think it is a Norse thing with the world tree, different realms, rainbow bridge, gods, giants, ogres, Valhalla, Ragnarok and much much more. Sometime it just feels like too much maybe.


Rick Riordan is a fantastic writer. He tells very engaging stories with some pretty cool twists to them. This one is no different than that. It has all the humor, one liners and situational comedy that I expect from one of his book and yet…..I am not enjoying this series as much as his others. Maybe it is just he lack of Percy Jackson or maybe it is the added in cultural lessons. *shrugs* I’m just not sure.

This has so extra things in there for a Middle Grade to YA book that I guess if you are an uptight kind of parent you might want to be made aware of. I’m totally fine with these things being in there but if I had a kid around the age of 11-15 I’d be prepared for some discussion maybe.

First there is a teenage betrothal. Sam has been betrothed to Amir since they were babies practically. They are Muslim and so some of the book time is spent on their unusual (compared to an American Teenager) relationship and the upcoming marriage they will have in about 2 years. The good news is that they are actually in love so it isn’t like her family is forcing her to marry someone she has never met or hates. Still I really don’t have a lot of expertise in this area and so I have no idea if culturally speaking this is representative or let’s get our panties all bunched up over. I’m just mentioning it.

Second and this is where I’m sure some parents got peeved and Mr. Riordan got letters (good and bad) is he has a transgendered teen in this book. It works and is book appropriate because it is Loki’s child and so he/she is a shapeshifter and very gender fluid due to the nature his/her parent. Alex is the first transgendered teen to make it into anything I’ve read at this level. It is done well, it is never really preachy or anything and hey this is the world we live in. But that said I’m sure some parents will not be expecting to see that in an MG/YA book.

“Look, some people prefer they,’ Alex said. ‘They’re non-binary or mid-spectrum or whatever. If they want you to use they, then that’s what you should do. But for me, personally, I don’t want to use the same pronouns all the time, because that’s not me. I change a lot. That’s sort of the point. When I’m she, I’m she. When I’m he, I’m he. I’m not they. Get it?’
‘If I say no, will you hurt me?’
‘Then no, not really.’
She shrugged. ‘You don’t have to get it. Just, you know, a little respect.’
‘For the girl with the very sharp wire? No problem.’

I’m glad that RR went this direction with a character in his book and it totally makes sense to the story since Loki can also be male and female as well. Still heads up.

Third there is some discussion about homelessness since Magnus and Alex were both homeless from time to time. Again this isn’t something normally in a contemporary UF MG/YA book. But again some magical people in this world don’t really fit in well and are sorta looked upon as mentally ill so I think the homeless/troubled teen follows this line of thought.

Okay so enough stretching how much social messaging we can fit into one book series. The crux of the story is about trying to get Thor’s Hammer back since he lost it sometime in the last book. The problem isn’t so much that it is lost but about who took it. It seems someone stole it and made a deal with Loki to trade Thor’s Hammer for the hand of Sam (the previously mentioned betrothed to someone person) in marriage. So they need to find a way to get the Hammer back without marrying of their friend to a fate worse than death.

It is a fun and fast paced story full of lots of little adventures leading into the big showdown. Still it is all Norse Mythology and so while some of it is pretty cool I just miss the Greeks and Romans.

But, there is hope since at the end of this it is discovered that we might need a little help from my favorite Greek demi-god Percy in the next book.
“Annabeth smiled. “I don’t know the ocean very well, but my boyfriend does. I think it’s time you met Percy.”

I think what I’m saying is that is you haven’t read the Percy Jackson series then go read that first and then add this on after you finish those 10 books. Don’t let those movies fool you they were about a 1/10 as awesome as the books were. Unless Norse Mythology is totally your thing and you are the opposite of me and think that Greek and Roman mythology is less cool than Norse Mythology

Audio Note: I didn't enjoy the narrator at all. (The original Percy Jackson series 1-5) audio narration is fantastic and this one is sub par for me." said.

" I knew it was only a matter of time.... yay! " said.

" Este se convirtió en uno de mis libros favoritos del autor (y eso es MUCHO decir porque tiene una competencia bastante ajustada). ES TAN ÉPICO ‹3 " said.

"Ok, wow. What can i say about this book? Sheer perfection, brilliant, wonderful! Is this suppose to be middle grade? Because it did not seem like that at all; which that was the main factor for me to love it even more. I wish Rick would write an adult fantasy series. What makes this book stand out is the maturity and the development of the characters. It did not felt like his previous books whatsoever; Rick wanted to focus even MORE on the bond between friends, being there for each other physically AND mentally which made the quest less overwhelming in a good way (you know what i mean). #Blitzstone_forever! If i say more i am going to spoil it and i don't want that.
The plot was sooo engaging, fast paced, hilarious and sarcastic, as always; had me laughing out loud so many times. It totally sucks you in and takes you away from the crappy reality. Cheers to you Rick for making me feel that way. The chapters were not super long which i find it pretty refreshing.
I love this series sooo much! Oh, and what an ending!! What made me really excited is that it takes place at the same time as the trials of apollo woohoo! We also got to see Annabeth again and we had a few mentions of Percy; yaas! I sooo hope we get to see Annabeth and Percy in the next book! 
What a fabulous ride has been a huge step up from book 1. I cannot wait to read the next book! You guys should start reading the series if you haven't already. Big happy sigh..
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"You Keep Using the Word Help. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.

I didn’t think it could be possible, but this book was even better than the first one. Shocking I know. Rick Riordan is THAT good. Obviously.

Like for the first book, I don’t want to talk about the plot because if I did, I wouldn’t be doing you a favour.

I actually don’t have much to say in this review that I haven’t previously said in my review of The Sword of Summer . . . but I’m going to talk about Alex Fierro, our new character and my Queen.
She’s transgender and gender-fluid and I love her to death. She’s not afraid to set straight someone who obviously has no respect for her, she tells things the way they are and if you’re not happy with that, then screw you. She’s someone I aspire to be like, she strong, brave, kind — yes she is, even though she doesn’t want to admit it — and though she could kill me with her bare hands I want to put her in a blanket like a burrito and make sure she’s never hurt again.
I also love how speechless Magnus is when he’s next to her, my sweet summer son is so in love it’s both embarrassing and the best thing you’ll ever witness.

I’m so lucky to have read this book with two of the most wonderful persons on this little earth, and I cannot wait for us to read the third book the moment it comes out!

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" "Just like the good old days: marching together into the unknown, searching for missing magical weapons and risking painful death. I’d missed my buddies!"

Every time I try to ignore one of Uncle Rick's releases, or act like there are too many of his books for me to possibly still love them, I end up preordering it anyway and binge reading it. At this point I might as well admit I'm hopeless, and will be reading at minimum Magnus Chase and Trials of Apollo to completion.

This was the perfect book to get me out of my reading slump. It was fast paced, hilarious, and honestly, held a lot more maturity than I was expecting. This book handled some topics that most authors won't dare to poke with a stick (religion, gender fluidity, and even mentally abusive parents) well and without pause.

Besides a few more childish jokes, I can tell that Uncle Rick's books are beginning to mature into novels I would consider much more young adult than middle grade. Besides the stunts of the gods, Magnus and co. are definitely much more mature and deeper than past books. (Don't worry; this is by no means a jab at any of his past books.)

Look forward to lots of great pop culture references guys, because as usual, there are lots and I love it. What other author talks about Netflix, Captain America, Star Wars, and Jessica Jones so freely in their novels?

This book is also fantastic for Blitzstone fans, as we get a much deeper look into Hearth's childhood and many awesome bromantic scenes between everyone's favorite elf and dwarf. These two are definitely one of my favorite bromances of all time, and one of, if not my favorite, parts of the book.

Now that I'm itching for The Ship of the Dead, I'll inform you that if you haven't yet, you should pick up this series. It has humor, a man-eating squirrel, diversity, an elf and dwarf who you may or may not ship, and the best promise for the next book ever:

"I think it's time you meet Percy."

Are you excited now?!?!
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"“At this point, most people would have thrown themselves down on the ground and given up hope. And by most people, I mean me.”

Okay, I’m sold. I loved the first book but I was not as enthusiastic about it as Percy Jackson. This book though, was amazing and definitely turned me into a little fan of this series. A book that have characters from all origins, with different religions, gender representations and characters with disabilities. But the best thing about it ? The books doesn’t make it the only thing about these characters. Their story and involvement in the story do not revolve only around it and the narrator doesn’t make a bid deal out of it.

I love all the characters of the story and this is rare. Alex, Sam and Hearthstone are my big favourite but I love Blitzen and Magnus so much too. I’m really happy we got to see more of Hearth’s past and of Sam’s relationship with her family, Amir, and her religion. I loved that not once the book made fun of her religion, or made use of common misinterpretation or judgements. This book (and the characters) was as open-minded as you could be. Alex Fierro. She/he became my favourite in this book. A gender-fluid character, a shapeshifter (how cool is that), uses a garrot as a weapon, and is an angry little cupcake. I don’t need more than that. This sister team is the best. The friendship between Sam and Magnus is also immensely beautiful and I’m so happy the book decided to show such a positive and totally platonic friendship between a boy and a girl. I won’t even talk of the relationship between Blitz and Hearth.

The story was as fun and full of action as every other Rick Riordan book that I’ve read. Like always, I love that I’m reading and learning some stuff about North Mythology and North Gods at the same time. You can obviously feel that you are reading a book which is aimed at middle age children first, but it never really did bother me, the same way it never did with Percy Jackson. And I definitely feel like this is the kind of book I would want my children to read. Amazing message of open-mindedness, a fun and exciting story and some learning. What more could you ask for.
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Why this book?

I really liked the first book

What I thought

Rick Riordan did it again another amazing book! I just can't wait to get my hands on them and devour all the Rick Riordan goodness!!! Can I just say how much I love the bromance between Blitz and Hearthstone! I just love them!!! One thing I didn't like though Sam and Amir drama,I just don't care! Magnus is really growing on me though, I wasn't so sure about him in the first book. That being said I just loved the hell out of this book definitely a must read (view spoiler)" said.

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