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: Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero – Rick Riordan

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When Jason wakes up on the bus to a school trip, he has no recollection of how he got there, or any of his past. His friends Piper and Leo both try to help jog his memories, but Jason has the feeling that something isn’t quite right.

The Lost Hero is the first book in the second series in the world of Percy Jackson. Rick Riordan is well known for his modernization of Greek myths. In this new series, Riordan shows his skill at adapting Roman myth in the same way as Greek. I think his combination of both Greek and Roman mythology in this novel works really well.

I really enjoyed this novel. When I picked it up, I was incredibly excited to be reading a new book by Rick Riordan. Being a fan of the Percy Jackson series, I had high expectations for The Lost Hero. Thankfully I wasn’t disappointed.

As a continuation of the previous series, it could have been difficult to catch up and follow what was going on. However there was no confusion when reading this novel. It was clear that it was a new story, with the introduction of three new characters, Piper, Leo and Jason, but the novel still had very familiar elements, such as the appearance of old characters Annabeth and Thalia.

I would recommend this book for any lovers of mythology, as well as teen readers who enjoyed books such as the Harry Potter series.