Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2
Published by Disney Hyperion on October 4th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
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Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon--the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki--and the price he wants is very high.
So I wasn’t exactly the biggest fan of The Sword of Summer because of the characters. I don’t know why, but I couldn’t really connect with them. Anyways, after reading The Hammer of Thor (which I had to read because I can’t pass a Rick Riordan book without reading it and I wanted to see Annabeth and Magnus exchanging stories) the characters grew on me. I’m still unsure about Magnus. I still think his sense of humor is similar to Percy’s, but despite growing up in an environment that made him a bit rough around the edges he’s kind hearted (a softie?) and thinks more about others than himself.
I was pretty surprised that the sequel was more action packed than I thought it’d be. Riordan doesn’t let any of his characters take a breather, which is how I like my sequels to be honest. He also introduces us to new characters like Alex and at the same time we find out more about Sam’s and Hearthstone’s family. I loved seeing Amir getting more of a role than just being on the sideline as Sam’s boyfriend. Even though I kind of silently shipped Sam and Magnus in The Sword of Summer, I think she and Amir made a cute couple especially how Sam really wants him to open his mind about the fact that the Norse Gods are real and not just some fairy tale. Anyways I think my favorite character in the Hammer of Thor is Jack, the talking sword. I LOVED his sense of humor and the way he belted out pop songs even though it’s kind of weird but okkkaaay. While we didn’t get to know him much in the Sword of Summer and only as the Sword of the Summer, I enjoyed his character development. He cracked me up whenever they approached another sword and he can tell the level of hotness is.
I really enjoyed the diverse characters in this novel and how Riordan addressed them instead of just saying like “Oh and he’s an Asian by the way” before going on about other things and never bringing them up again. It’s especially intriguing to see how he manages ASL with Hearthstone. Anyways, even though Annabeth gets even more little screen time in this book (although a suspenseful one) I’m really looking forward to seeing her and Percy in the last book The Ship of Dead (crossing fingers!) (I have a feeling we might be seeing Nico here too?). Ahhh!! I’m so excited.