Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1), By Rick Riordan

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1)
By: Rick Riordan
ISBN: 1484760387
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Magnus had a descent life as far as being a homeless orphan sleeping on the streets went. Then he died. Suddenly if he doesn't find his way back to Earth and stop a super powerful bad dude from setting free an even more powerful bad dude the world or rather worlds (yep, plural) will be over. Fried, toast, done and gone.  So much for resting in peace.

The Sword of Summer is the first book in Rick Riordan's young adult series centered around Norse Mythology. The story is told in first person with a similar tone and pacing to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. The story leans heavily on places and characters from Norse mythology and there is a brief cameo from a Percy Jackson universe character with strong suggestion that further crossover is to come.

The Sword of Summer Includes:
  • Dysfunctional extended family 
  • Deaf & Mute character with a history of cruelty and unacceptance by family and society. 
  • Muslim character (Includes brief references to mosque, hijab, social perception of the character as a terrorist, family expectations)
  • Reference to a character's parents not being married when they were born. 
  • Arranged marriage referenced.
  • Character who justifies theft so long as it is from people who the character perceives as a jerk or a jerk and wealthy.
  • Death of a parent (historical event) 
  • Deaths (many in a variety of ways, there are references to limbs/heads being lost, persons being eviscerated, burned etc - but the actual events aren't really given much more detail. There are references to blood.) 
  • Wounds (chopped off nose, burns, etc)  
  • Implied flipping someone off. 
  • Profanity: gods, bastard (used by a character to describe themselves due to their parentage), many references to characters using profanity without the actual words given.
  • Several myths that involve cruel "punishment" of gods by gods are referenced as well as myths that involve messed up sexual bargains (such as bartering "marriage for a day" for goods)
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  1. I've seen this around and when I read your list it definitely makes me want to read it.
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. Thanks, Sherry! So glad it was helpful. :-)


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