Review: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer

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Since his mother’s mysterious death, Magnus Chase has lived alone on the streets of Boston. One day his uncle tracks him down to tell him a secret so bizarre it seems impossible: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

From that moment on, Magnus has to go on a quest that leads to him discovering more about his family and heritage than he could ever have imagined. Along the way he makes some unexpected friends, all of which help him to complete his quest and help delay Ragnarok.

This book was highly entertaining; Magnus is a sarcastic and humorous character. The relationships between characters are very well written. Parts of the novel had me laughing out loud.

I loved how well written the characters were in this novel. Samirah was an excellent character. She was strong and confident, a wonderful female character. Another fantastic character was Hearthstone, an elf. His character is deaf and while that could have been difficult to write into such an action packed book, Riordan did it very well.

I would recommend this book for fans of Riordan’s other novels, especially the Percy Jackson books. However if you haven’t read the previous books, this novel does not hold any spoilers for the story (but it does have some notable references!).


Review: Demon Road – Derek Landy

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Amber is a sixteen year old girl, who spends most of her time talking to friends online. She is shy and insecure, and prefers to spend her time avoiding her parents and their weird friends.

But when one day a shocking incident reveals a terrifying secret, Amber has to run. She is then plummeted from one horrifying threat to the other, doing her best to fight off the danger all the while trying to find a way to save herself from the pursuit of her parents.

Demon Road comes from Derek Landy, the author of the bestselling Skullduggery Pleasant books. Landy has a distinct humour that is as present in this novel as in the Skullduggery Pleasant books.

I really enjoyed this novel. Full of plot twists, suspenseful moments and action packed scenes, this novel has something for everyone.

I would recommend this novel to any fans of the Supernatural TV series, as well as fans of supernatural creatures and novels.