Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

15724396 Publisher: Disney – Hyperion Books (October 6th 2015)
Paperback: 432 pages
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Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .


I was super excited about The Sword of Summer release that my mom graciously took me to the bookstore the day of the release to pick it up. But, when I did finally read it the excitement kind of fizzled out. I’m not saying that it wasn’t good, I think for me the problem was that I should’ve waited until the hyped for this book died down before getting into it. It was a bit long and there were couple of days that I didn’t feel like picking up the book.  There were times I wished the novel was different because the format felt very similar to the PJO series. Most of the time even Magnus and Sam sounded a bit like Percy and Annabeth from way back when they were barely getting to know one another.  The plot also got  predictable at times.

I struggled to finish it, but I think it’s because Norse mythology isn’t exactly my thing. Kudos to making me laughing out loud as usual Rick Riordan. Magnus’ humor reminded me of Percy’s. It’s definitely snarky and humorous. There were times that he did sound like Percy, though I’ve heard some readers saying that Magnus’ humor is a bit darker than Percy’s. I really can’t distinguish the humor between his male characters. They all sound alike one way or another.

This book was really fun with its diverse characters. It made me interested in Norse mythology and I’m considering checking out a book or two on it from the library just to brush up on what we can expect for the future of this series though I wouldn’t mind if Magnus wrote a Norse mythology a la Percy Greek Gods and Greek Heroes style. I enjoyed seeing Magnus’ friendship with Sam grow (and here’s the other thing Sam reminded me of Annabeth). I wouldn’t be surprised if it developed into something more as the series progresses, but at this point I really enjoy their friendship.

That ending though. I hope we get to see Magnus’ reaction in the next book after Annabeth tells him about Camp Half Blood and Jupiter. Yes, Annabeth makes a cameo. It’s not important, but I have a feeling she’ll be playing a bigger role in the later books. I wouldn’t mind seeing what she and Percy are doing. But, it’s like every time she and Magnus encounter one another I just want to say omg just tell your crazy stories already.

Here are a couple of my favorite parts of this book:

“Then why don’t you just say A.D.?”
“Because Anno Domini, in the Year of Our Lord, is fine for Christians, but Thor gets a little upset. He still holds a grudge that Jesus never showed up for that duel he challenged him to.”

“This has always been true. I hung from the World Tree for nine days and nights, racked with pain, in order to discover the secret of runes. I stood in line in a blizzard for six days to discover the sorcery of smart phones.”
“What?” I muttered.
Blitzen coughed. “Just roll with it.”

Author: Jackie

4 Replies to “Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan”

  1. Oh I am sorry. It is hard when a book you have been anticipating fizzles when you read it. I have read this author’s adult books but not these.

  2. I thought this was so much fun and I loved the diversity and the humour as well! So glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  3. I’ve yet to read Rick Riordan (sad, I know lol) but, I did pick this up and hope to get to it around the holidays. I actually like Norse mythology, so crossing my fingers. I’m wanting a fun escape.
    Thanks for sharing the lovely review, Jackie 🙂

  4. I do like Rick Riordan’s humor, he’s very funny. I’ve had this on my shelf awhile but that’s a little disappointing that it didn’t wow you more.

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