Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 1 The Sword of Summer Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-13 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 1 user ratings

"I gave up at the point where the homeless kids shot some giant fire destruction daemon type thing with a plastic cupid bow and arrow.

I mean, seriously? That actually happened?

That ruined it for me. I’m all up for humour in books, but when the humour seeps into what I consider a serious situation of life and death, it becomes a little bit too stupid. It just didn’t feel real. Bare with me a moment here. There is a giant fire daemon that has emerged in an otherwise normal world, there’s nothing wrong with that, but the danger didn’t feel real. Okay, so the protagonist may die in the encounter, though it wasn’t a real death.

It was more of a case of ‘Oh, I’m dead. This is cool. Let’s see what happens next. It might me fun. I’m a stupid teenager btw. I’m like, totally, self-absorbed. I’m that awesome that I don’t even care that I’m dead. Screw you world. ’

There wasn’t really any sense of seriousness about it. If I was fighting some evil hell type spawn, I would like to think I wouldn’t act with a high degree of nonchalance. It’s like the protagonist shrugs his shoulders and doesn’t give a fuck about his imminent death. It made the situation a little bizarre. Magnus is your typical sarcastic teenager. He’s the type that has nothing but shitty comments up his sleeve and stupid innuendos. We all know the kind of guy I mean, and on a personal level, I find this type of personality rather annoying. I certainly don’t want to read an entire book where this douche bag is the narrator. No thank you. So I gave up. I wasn’t going to waste my time finishing a book I knew I’d dislike.

The writing isn’t bad. It is heavily character driven. But, when you don’t like the said character then you know this isn’t going to work for you. It’s only going to get worse as time goes on. I also found the idea of Magnus being the decedent of some ancient Norse God a little bit crappy. It’s the type of idea I’d expect to see in some lame-ass b movie on the science fiction channel. The blending of ancient history with a modern world has always seemed a little bit forced to me, and, well, a little bit cheesy. There are few things I’d like to read less than a story about a moronic teenager being gifted with random ancient powers that he doesn’t understand or deserve. I like my history in the past. And I like my characters with redeeming personalities, not flat in their singular defensive attitude. Gosh…..I hate teenagers like this.

This author is sooooooooooooooooo not for me . Judging by the blurbs of his other books, and comparisons by other reviewers with his previous books, all his stories are pretty much based on this single idea. I won’t be reading anything else by Rick Riorden in the future because I know I will dislike it. Never again will I try his books, I’ve got better things to read.

" said.

"We need to talk about Rick Riordan.

Come, dear reader, have a seat. It's time for me to tell you a secret.

Would you like to hear how Mr Riordan writes his books?

Would you like the exact recipe?

Well, you're in luck, my friend. It seems I have managed to deduce exactly how Mr Riordan writes his novels. Time for me to go off and write some 5 book series about Chinese, Hindu and Irish Mythology.

But first I shall tell you everything. Are you listening closely? Good. Then we'll begin.

Step 1: Create a teenage main character who has a cheesy sense of humour. Give them only one parent and a bit of tragic backstory. That will create sympathy. Discuss some weird incursions your MC has had with things in the past. Subtly veil their origins in this and some other thing you'll use as a twist in Book 78 of the Percy Jackson and the Greek Flowers.

Step 2: Stick some monsters in there. And we want lots of them. By lots, damn it, I mean LOTS. MC will fight a big monster or demon or god which will be their awakening. Now the story can really begin! Throughout the story, stick in some of these creatures and give them weirdly human details. This will lower them to a Middle Grade Level which brings in even more big bucks. CHA-CHING!

Step 3: Stick in some of those background characters. Most likely a mythical creature that all the fans will fall for. That'll be perfect. Also, add in a love interest. Create some development there and make the readers ship them like crazy. Then put them through a whole load of shit and drink up the reader's tears. Yum!

Step 4: Character will be introduced to their new world. We find out their backstory and origin. Suddenly, they're the son/daughter of -INSERT NAME HERE- and BOOM! Our character can now get some powers. Also, stick in some version of future telling people according to mythology. Now make you're character go on a quest. And remember, we must keep calling it a quest at all times in the book. Cause that's what it is goddamn is.

Step 5: Create 1,000,000,000 problems for your characters that stop them from achieving their goal. Readers love it! No way are they bound to get mad and tired of it after a while. NOT A CHANCE IN HELL. Anyways, create lots of problems. End chapters with plenty of pointless cliffhangers about getting killed by someone. Make them have plenty of adventures with random people which will ultimately help them in their quest. Add a splash of mythology in there too for good measure.

Step 6: Let your MC reach their goal and make them have a huge battle against some god or mythical creature. Let your character win and make sure that there are no casualties. Now let your character go off with their friends into the sunset. Or something along those lines. Never end in a cliffhanger or big twist. Keep it simple and sweet. This method will keeps your readers happy.

Step 7: Repeat for 4 more books and promise not to make another series about them. This could potentially annoy your readers and create a Cassandra Clare effect. Instead, create another series and stick your old characters back in there. Do a few short story crossovers for good measure.

And that is how to write a Rick Riordan novel. In 7 stupendously simple steps, you'll have your very own bestselling mythology series. Sounds like fun, am I right? Well, get to it!

And remember kids: Never kill off any of your characters. Use a prophecy and fake it with a nosebleed.
" said.


“My name is Magnus Chase. I’m sixteen years old. This is the story of how my life went downhill after I got myself killed.”

So I think The Sword of Summer is the revised edition of Percy Jackson. Everything feels the same way, Magnus reminds me of Percy and Valhara as Half blood camp. I couldn't stop comparing these two books while I was reading though, it gave me my first impression when I first read Percy Jackson. It's hilarious, delightful and engaging a lot I can't peel my eyes of the book. Yes ! this book is good even if so many things are alike Percy Jackson. But sorry ... who cares ?

“I hate this plan,” I said. “Let’s do it.”

Rick Riordan created a world where Norse mythology comes alive. It fascinates me to no end to be gradually pulled into this world. Yet Rick doesn't stop at throwing many things to my face and let those characters do their quests, he has a trick up his sleeve and he put the layers into his book. Every characters is endearing. Every quest keeps me wondering what will happen next or what if he fails ? My mood was up and down all the time I spent reading. It surpassed all of my expectation since the first chapter and I wouldn't give it less than 4 stars because it's so good and seemingly wonderful.

I dare say this book is special. Rick Riordan knows what he has to do to impress his fans. If you are a die hard fan of him, read it ! But if it's your first book of RR, give it a chance and it won't let you down.

The most unreal thing about the bar was Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ blasting from the speakers." said.

"El tío Rick nunca falla.
Hace mucho quería leer este libro y no había tenido el tiempo para hacerlo, pero finalmente tuve el placer de volver a leer las historias mitológicas de este autor, esta vez con una trama totalmente diferente, mitología nórdica, nuevos personajes, mitos fascinantes, dioses espeluznantes, aventuras extraordinarios y un primo de nuestra amada Annabeth Chase como el protagonista.

El humor de los personajes de Rick es bastante característico y Magnus no se quedó atrás, le verdad es que es bastante divertido leerlo, es un personaje muy ocurrente, novato en todas las tareas que tiene que ejecutar para lograr su misión, sentí que el personaje a pesar de ser un semidios es bastante humano, esta tan perdido como nosotros en este nuevo mundo y trata de hacer las cosas lo mejor que puede.

Todo el equipo de lucha involucrado en la misión es maravilloso, los personajes de Rick siempre logran llegarte al corazón, me encanta que cada uno sea totalmente diferente al otro, que todos se destaquen en cosas diferentes, que todos sean indispensables en la misión y que se complementen de esa forma tan maravillosa.

De mitología Nórdica se muy poco y por lo que leí en esta historia, los mitos de los vikingos son bastante locos, el tema de los nueve mundos, del árbol de los mundos y todo lo demás me pareció fascinante, aunque los nombre de todos los elementos (dioses, lugares, criaturas...) me fueron imposibles de pronunciar.

Finalmente, la trama esta llena de aventuras por diferentes mundos hasta llegar a la conclusión de nuestra misión (muy el estilo de Rick), el último capitulo fue un guiño hermosos para los fans de todos sus libros, leer a Annabeth en esta faceta es maravilloso y escuchar referencias a nuestros semidioses griegos te llena el corazón.

Nota: Rick es tan maravilloso a la hora de escribir sus personajes que te encariñas de ellos sin que te des cuenta siquiera, me pasó con una de las tragedias de la historia, nunca pensé que leer esa escena me fuera a doler como me dolió (los que ya leyeron sabrán a que me refiero)

" said.

" Me duele ponerle esta nota, pero bufffff. Este jueves os cuento :( " said.

" jam! it did take a bit for me to actually get into the story and i don't think anyone can say that riordan's novels aren't at least a little formulaic, but the cast of characters is refreshing and the plot is non-stop (*sings hamilton in my head*). i think the book gets better the more you read and by the end, i was sad to see it was over. also, i cried at the last handful of chapters. i'm a huge mess sorry. " said.

"“To Cassandra Clare
Thanks for letting me share the excellent name Magnus.”

No joking. I swear on all the books I own that this is the actual dedication of this book.
And then people dare ask me why I love metaliterature or what the heck it is...

“The once warriors-the warriors who fought bravely in the last life and will fight bravely again on the Day of Doom. Duck.”
“The Day of Doom Duck?”
“No, duck!”
Hunding pushed me down as a spear flew past.”

Seriously, how am I supposed to review a book that contains quotes like this?

In truth, there are very few thing you need to know about The Sword of Summer. I'll try to recap them for you as briefly and clearly as possible:

1) Does Riordan use and reuse all the schemes he already used in Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus and the Kane Chronicles ?
Yes, and you all already knew that, so no need for me to linger on the topic.

2) Does Magnus Chase resemble, for attitude and personality, Percy Jackson?
Ok, really, who actually gave himself an answer to this question different from 'yes'?

3) Did I hopelessly fall -again- for his sense of humor just as I fell for Percy's?
Hell (lol) yes!

4) Do I give a darn about Mr Riordan's repetitiveness as long as he manage to make me double up with laughter?
Absolutely no!

If you are looking for something different, people, don't pick up this book. But if you're looking for an intelligent, well-written, impossibly funny and hilarious middle-grade book, with characters so realistic, complex (clearly, as much as a character can be in a book meant primarly for children) and easy to connect with, and so fast-paced as to not give you time to catch you breath, then this (or any other Riordan's book, for that matter) is your best choice.

The only thing that bothered me a little concerns the characters: there are really many, and maybe that's the reason why I struggled to make myself care for those who appear the least, who coincidentally where also the ones I was most curious about, namely the Valhalla Hotel gang, as I call them: TJ, Mallory, Halfborn and X -and do we want to talk about that plot twist? X, seriously? It hadn't crossed my mind not even by mistake. I hope to find them again and more in the next books.

I completely loved, instead, the components of the group that follow Magnus in his quest; they were kind of fresh in Riordan's inventory, and each of them came with a solid background story, so I have nothing to hold against them. Of these, Sam was not exceptional in terms of characterisation, but Hearth and Blitz, the elf and the dwarf, are marvellous. It broke me that they probably won't be in the next instalments, or at least not as much as they were in this one. I still hope Riordan decides to give them an adequate space.

And the villains! I swear I will kill someone if The Hammer of Thor does not bring me more Loki. We want Loki. Loki is my king. And yes, he's so cool that from now on every time I write his name I'll write it in bold. Like, Loki.



And to go out with a bang, another little pearl. It's not properly a quote, but a chapter title. If you never read Riordan, really, people, you can't even imagine what this man can do with a pen in his hand and a chapter without a title. He redefines the concept of chapter title. Like the masterpiece we see at the beginning of chapter forty-eight:

"Hearthstone Passes Out Even More than Jason Grace (Though I Have No Idea Who That Is)"
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" Hilarious! Here's my video review - " said.

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