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Synopsis:

“Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and truant officers.

One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down–his Uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches, Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place. Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus’s memory. But he does;t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents…

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

Review:

Once again, Rick Riordan has not failed to impress me.

I have loved every single book that I have read by this author up to this point. Whenever I go to pick up one of his books, I’m just so excited to dive back into the world that Riordan has created. They all are special in their own way.

Unsurprisingly, I loved the setting of this book. I love books that are set in Boston (my home town) and this book was no exception. Usually, I will be somewhat more critical about books set in Boston by, up to this point, I haven’t been disappointed in any book I have read like that. This book had many of the places that I know and love. I recognized every place that the author mentioned from my own personal experiences. It was just awesome to see my (as well as the author’s) home town represented so well.

The characters in this book were great. Magnus was hilarious to read from. Seeing the events going on through his perspective were great. I can’t imagine what being homeless on the streets of Boston must be like. To see him pull through his struggles and become a hero was truly amazing.

I also loved all of the side characters in this book. This author has the ability to write great main characters as well as great side characters. My favorite side character was by-far Sam. I like how she had a bit of sass to her and wasn’t afraid to stand up and state her own opinions. The whole group of friends that were there to support Magnus were great and I can’t wait to see them develop as the series goes on.

The plot of this book was probably this book’s strongest part. It made me laugh out loud so many times. It was another one of those page-turning plots that made me not want to put the book down. I did find it a little slow at times but in the end, the positives outwayed the negatives and it came through and left me very pleased.

I also loved all of the representation that was featured in this book. I think that this will be this author’s most diverse series by far. We had Sam who is Arabic. We had Hearthstone who is deaf and uses American Sign Language (ASL) throughout the course of the book. I also have heard that (and maybe this becomes more prevalent in the rest of the series) Magnus is questioning his sexual orientation. This book brought all of the diversity that I had been missing in some of his other series and put it all together perfectly.

Overall, this book was great. I didn’t know much about Norse mythology going in but I walked out with a ton more information than before. I can’t wait to see where this series goes from here because I heard that it gets better with each book!

RATING: 4.5/5

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