The Sword of Summer Review

The Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase lost his mother in a terrible incident two years ago, and has been living on the streets of Boston ever since. He has seen his fair share of trouble, but never would he have thought that his life would take such a drastic turn. Until one of his relatives, Uncle Randolph, tracks him down and tells him about his birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. Suddenly, Magnus’s life is full of gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard is Rick Riordan’s newest book series. I absolutely loved Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus, two of Riordan’s other series, so it’s with high expectations that I dove into The Sword of Summer.


I am delighted to announce that this book met all of them! I was definitely not disappointed with the way things went down. I highly enjoyed the ride with Magnus and his friends!

First, before I get into the review, can we just take a moment to appreciate this beautiful cover? (because yes, that matters) When I saw it pass by at my local library while I was working, I couldn’t resist : I had to take it! I would be lying if I said the cover didn’t make me want to read the book.

Now, let’s dive into the crazy world that is Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.

To begin with, Magnus is hilarious. I don’t know if it’s because it’s been a while since I read PJO, but I felt like Magnus was more sassy than Percy. Which, of course, made me enjoy the book a lot more. I had forgotten how funny Riordan’s characters could be and how witty his writing style was. While the story is usually packed with action and drama, the humour of the narrator keeps the novel from being too heavy. It keeps it on the light, fun side. The chapter titles are intriguing, funny as hell and sometimes genuinely confusing. I didn’t like Magnus’s character as much as I loved Percy, but I very much enjoyed reading from his perspective.

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Then, the story line is captivating. Riordan came off with a great idea (which reminded me a lot of The Lightening Thief) that made the reader want to know more. The fate of the entire world sitting on a teenage boy’s shoulder? You can be sure I will want to read on to find out how that turns out! He actually managed to keep me hooked from beginning to end. The 500 pages make you think that the story would be dragging at some point, it wasn’t the case with this one. Magnus and his crew faced a lot of obstacles, and each was necessary to ensure that the story still made sense.

However, I will admit that the ending was a bit anticlimatic. When I finished reading the final chapters, I thought: “What? That was it?” But I don’t see how Riordan could have made it better without the story becoming a little too crazy. Overall, I thought the plot was intricate and well woven. And that epilogue! I definitely want to know what will happen next.

Also, I lift my hat to Riordan for creating such strong characters. Magnus, Blitzen, Hearthstone and Sam all had a strong story line and served a purpose to the story. They were complex and very well built. I wanted to find out more about their background story and Riordan managed to make them all bearable. I liked the interaction they all had – they built a strong relationship throughout the book.

Though I do Sam and Magnus, I am glad the author decided not to add romance to the already exhausting story line.

Can I also add how much I loved the very few mentions of Annabeth? I was off the roof when I realized that Magnus was actually her cousin (okay, not literally, but still). I certainly hope that we’ll see her more in the next books!

The only negative thing I have to say about the book is that all the mythology could get confusing at times. The only knowledge about Norse mythology that I have comes from Marvel movies so sometimes it could be a little overwhelming. I wish Riordan would have spent more time explaining everything. Nevertheless, I think he did a pretty decent job. I’m not really interested with this mythology, but I think I’ll still enjoy these books anyways.

Overall, I loved it. However, I didn’t get engrossed in it like I did with Percy Jackson and the Olympians or Heroes of Olympus.

Rating: 4 stars | Find this book on Goodreads