The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2)
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.

The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2) Details

TitleThe Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 4th, 2016
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
ISBN-139781423160922
Rating
GenreFantasy, Mythology, Young Adult

The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2) Review

  • Christine Riccio
    January 1, 1970
    I finished it. I LOVED IT. OTIS IS MY FAV <3 Here's my full booktalk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy3Dd...
  • Kat O'Keeffe
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED THIS SO MUCH. Rick Riordan just gets better and better with each series. This right here is proof that a book can be hilarious and fun and make the reader feel a whole range of emotions while also touching on some really important and relevant topics.I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS JUST A TRILOGY I NEVER WANT IT TO END BUT HOLY HELHEIM AM I EXCITED FOR THE NEXT BOOK.
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  • Darth J
    January 1, 1970
  • P
    January 1, 1970
    “Otis," I said."Shhh," he said. "I'm incognito. Call me...Otis.""I'm not sure that's how incognito works, but okay." The Hammer of Thor is the second book of the series. The book starts off with the quest which is about Magnus finding Thor's hammer. He has to fight against the giants, his uncle and LOKI. BIG BAD LOKI. AWWWW ! It looks promising, right ? And Alex is kinda kickass in this book. I liked her character, but not that much. Heart and Blitz are also my favorite characters, too. I have “Otis," I said."Shhh," he said. "I'm incognito. Call me...Otis.""I'm not sure that's how incognito works, but okay." The Hammer of Thor is the second book of the series. The book starts off with the quest which is about Magnus finding Thor's hammer. He has to fight against the giants, his uncle and LOKI. BIG BAD LOKI. AWWWW ! It looks promising, right ? And Alex is kinda kickass in this book. I liked her character, but not that much. Heart and Blitz are also my favorite characters, too. I have lost count of the moments when I laughed and cried over them.So why didn't I give this book five stars ?Rick Riordan has done many things in these last ten years or so. The things that made me a fan of him was his humor and wonderful idea. The concept of Percy Jackson was new, fresh and vivid - it was easy to love that series. Then comes Carter and Percy Jackson season two. Honestly, because I grow up or other reasons, I didn't enjoy them as fully as possible. However, last year I gave the Magnus series a try and liked it a lot after that. I had had high expectations for this second book, I read it with twinkling stars in my heart. And then, nothing. I felt nothing after I finished this book. Although The Sword of Summer fired me up with its spectacular ending, The Hammer of Thor was another predicament. “Mjolnir is always getting misplaced. I swear, Thor needs to have that hammer duct-taped to his face.” Rick recycled his plot. He polished the materials of his previous Percy books and mixed them up to be the new book showing before your eyes right now. The whole story was predictable. I'd known since the begining that(view spoiler)[ Loki is to be released from his confinement. (hide spoiler)] As why I was not excited and so lazy to finish. If I didn't get a lot of work to be done this weekend, I would put this book on hold until next month.However, I still liked this. I want to know more about Magnus and his friends chasing after Loki and stopping Ragnarok. The next installment is going be mind-blowing ! I know it.Anyway, I was so curious why Thor didn't beckon to his hammer as in the movie...and it would come to his hand like this....https://goo.gl/6ZnIQI
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  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    I mean OBVIOUSLY I LOVED IT. It's a Riordan book! What other emotions is a reader to have except: 40% laughing, 40% fangirling, and 20% thinking about falafel??? (There is so much falafel appreciation here, by the way. It's truly inspirational.) ANYWAY. I definitely thought this was another exciting and captivating instalment (although, still, like the first book...I think it got a bit rambly) and I loved the newly introduced characters and I loved how whacky all the gods were. And can we take a I mean OBVIOUSLY I LOVED IT. It's a Riordan book! What other emotions is a reader to have except: 40% laughing, 40% fangirling, and 20% thinking about falafel??? (There is so much falafel appreciation here, by the way. It's truly inspirational.) ANYWAY. I definitely thought this was another exciting and captivating instalment (although, still, like the first book...I think it got a bit rambly) and I loved the newly introduced characters and I loved how whacky all the gods were. And can we take a moment to just appreciate HOW HILARIOUS THESE BOOKS ARE??!? I LAUGH. I LAUGH AND LAUGH.Ahem.So firstly, I have to yell about the characters. There's just so much diversity here, that it's glorious. Plus all the secondary characters are enormously interesting and complex with a good dollop of TRAGIC. 3 Magnus of course remains a top-favourite...although at times (this might seem weird to say...) he nearly felt like a secondary character in this story?! It was honestly more about Loki's children and Magnus is child of Frey so...YEAH. But he has tons of sassy quips, he's such a sarcastic dork, and he gets a terrible haircut. So lovely. Sam is still AWESOME although totally stubborn which gets them into a bit of puddles. Also I think it's adorable how in love she is with her betrothed Muslim boy, Amir. (And I'm still so insanely impressed there's no romance between her and Magus. YAAAAS.)I also loved the introduction of Alex Fierro...but I was worried for a bit! Alex comes in really rude and snipy and, gah, I was just worried? BUT THEN ALEX ENDS UP BEING COMPLETELY AWESOME AND I LOVE ALEX. Also Alex is gender-fluid, but goes by he/she pronouns depending on the day. And like, I hope this is okay to say, but I really appreciated the open and blunt discussions on gender-fluidity. I think that'd be really helpful for kids who have questions (or maybe are discovering things about their sexuality/identity themselves) to be able to just read how Alex experiences their gender-fluidity OUTRIGHT without people being angry all the time at discussing it. Also Alex is a shape-shifting child of Loki so, like awesome is just in the top percentiles here.(SORRY I HAVE A SLIGHT SOFT SPOT FOR LOKI EVEN THOUGH HE'S EVIL HERE BUT HE'S ALSO TOM HIDDLESTON SO YEAH.)I love the Sam/Magnus/Alex trio!! (And of course we won't forget Hearth and Blitz the trusty sidekicks!) The dynamics, banter, and adventures surrounding them were awesome.Also no romance?! wOOO!! I have a feeling it'll be Magnus/Alex eventually? Magnus has done a lot of staring and kind of dropped his brain when he saw Alex in a really nice dress. SO. I predict....but so far, I would still say "No romance" for this book.And I appreciate all the pop-culture references too. IT'S HILARIOUS. (Although the book will be seriously dated in 10 years, but whatever.) When gods are taking selfies and watching Netflix, I'm just going to be over here enjoying myself okay?!As for the actual plot? It was like 80% awesome and 20% "this is kind of a needless side-tour and why are we doing this get to the point mate". #awkward The quests (in this case, to find Thor's hammer) are always rambly...but sometimes I just want to CUT TO THE CHASE (hahhahhahaa...get it??! Magnus Chase?? HAHAH. Yeah I'll shut up) instead of having a bowling competition with some giants. What can I say. I'm impatient.But we still met more hilarious ludicrous gods. Including more about Thor who's addicted to Netflix, and the guy who guards the bridge (I'm sorry...Norse spelling = me dead) being super into selfies. OH and we get more of Hearth's backstory and it's super tragic. POOR ELF.ALL IN ALL: It was a fabulously awesome hilarious and engaging story! I kept getting interrupted every time I sat down to read and YEAH I'M GONNA START CHUCKING HAMMERS IN A SECOND TOO. I weep 2 tears for the rambly plot and shout 8 hurrahs for how much I snickered. And then I'll just go pet the cover because the font is slightly raised and shiny and I'm in love with it. Book dragon, yo.*** QUOTES ***"Where have you been the last month and a half?"Her shoulders tightened. "My workload this semester has been killing me. I'm tutoring kids after school. Then, as you might remember, there's my part-time job reaping souls of the dead and running top-secret mission for Odin.""You kids today and your busy schedules.""Why doesn't Thor go check this barrow himself?" I asked. "Wait...let me guess. He doesn't want to draw attention. Or he wants us to have a chance to be heroes. Or it's hard work and he has some shows to catch up on.""To be fair," Otis said, "the new season of Jessica Jones did just start streaming."I flung him overhead. Jack spiralled out of view, flying after the goat-killer while singing his own version of "Shake It Off". (I have never been able to convince him that the line isn't cheese graters gonna grate, grate, grate, grate, grate.)"Where's the gold?" I demanded. "Don't make me unleash my sword's playlist."Etiquette tip: if you're looking for the right time to leave a party, when the host yells "No one leaves here alive," that's your cue."Your horn is a phone?" Amir asked."I think technically it's a phablet," Heimdall said. "But, yes, this is Gjallar, the Horn and/or Phablet of Doomsday! I blow this baby once, the gods know there's trouble in Asgard and they come running. I blow it twice, then it's Ragnarok, baby!" He seemed delighted by the idea that he could signal the start of the final battle that destroyed the Nine Worlds. "Most of the time, I just use it for photos and texting and whatnot.""That's not scary at all," Alex said.Heimdall laughed. "You have no idea. Once, I butt-dialled the apocalypse. So embarrassing. I had to text everybody on my contact lists, like, False alarm! A lot of gods came running anyway. I made this GIF of them charging up the Bifrost and then realising there was no battle. Priceless."
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  • Simona Bartolotta
    January 1, 1970
    "At this point, most people would have thrown themselves down on the ground and given up hope. And by most people, I mean me."•I know that I have already raved plenty about how much I love this author and his characters, but Magnus Chase defies all standards of cutie-pie-ness and adorable-ness and funny-ness and whatnot. You just cannot not love the kid. And guess what (OBVIOUS FACT ALERT) (cit.)? I love him! •So now that we got the Obvious Fact out of the way, I should start listing all the rea "At this point, most people would have thrown themselves down on the ground and given up hope. And by most people, I mean me."•I know that I have already raved plenty about how much I love this author and his characters, but Magnus Chase defies all standards of cutie-pie-ness and adorable-ness and funny-ness and whatnot. You just cannot not love the kid. And guess what (OBVIOUS FACT ALERT) (cit.)? I love him! •So now that we got the Obvious Fact out of the way, I should start listing all the reasons why if you love Riordan and his previous books, you'll love this one too, and then those why if you have never read anything of his, you'll love it anyway. But I won't, partly because many of them already are in my review of The Sword of Summer, first book in The Gods of Asgard series, and partly because they can be more or less summed up in this sort of epiphany I had right after finishing this book: I think that when Riordan writes a new book, the world becomes a little better place. His books are fun and hilarious. They are also utterly brilliant and full of mythology (yup, you might not have figured it out but that is kind of the point), which is cool and instructive for the children and a real treat for the mythology/history/this-kind-of-stuff freaks, and I know it first-hand now because I'm currently studying for a Germanic philology course and, being able to being up on all the gazillion references? Priceless. Plus, while they entertain you and teach you all this great stuff, they also manage to tackle some sensitive and topical issue on the side. Impossible, you say? People, meet Alex Fierro."I’m gender fluid and transgender, idiot."•And not only is Alex a great character as she (as said, Alex is gender fluid, but since in most of the scenes she appears as a female, I'll use this pronoun for convenience and because she made it clear that she doesn't do "they") represents diversity in such an unusual and compelling and absolutely perfect way, she is also likeable, relatable, kick-ass and a million shades of splendid. I also appreciated how the magical element intervenes in Alex's characterization -she's a shape-shifter, so she can be male one minute and female the next. Brilliant. And she and Magnus actually talk about what it means for her to be gender-fluid and how she feels about it. I think this is all the more perfect and astonishing when you consider that The Hammer of Thor is the second instalment in a middle-grade series. We need more writers like Rick Riordan.Plus, I ship Alex and Magnus so hard you can't imagine.•And now yes, a couple of quotes for you because I'm not that cold-hearted. “The dragon’s mouth opened wide, revealing several extra rows of teeth—just in case the outer row of teeth didn’t kill me dead enough.”---“Hearth finger-spelled: K-E-N-N-I-N-G.“What’s that?” I asked.Samirah edged a little closer to the inscription. “A kenning is a Viking nickname.”“You, mean like… Hey, Kenning. How’s it going?”(My professor would have killed you so much, Magnus.)---“Dagfinn looked at me apologetically. “It's a Thing thing. You wouldn’t understand.”---“Stop that, I told my brain.Also, the wedding is tomorrow, said my brain.Get out of my head.My brain refused to get out of my head. Inconsiderate brain.”---“I think it's time you met Percy.” And that must TOTALLY happen in the next book! Thumbs up for the incoming crossover! *happy dance*PRE-READINGSo, book, this is what I want from you:Oh gods- sorry, wrong gif!*mpfff*- okay, that's funny, but no!Yes. Yes, that's what I want. Evil Loki reigns.
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    YAAASSSSS!! Magnus Chase is going to meet Percy Jackson!! My two faves!!
  • ambsreads
    January 1, 1970
    “Otis and his brother, Marvin, pulled the god’s chariot. They also provided Thor with a never-ending supply of goat meat. Each night, Thor killed and ate them for dinner. Each morning, Thor resurrected them. This is why you should go to college, kids—so when you grow up you do not have to take a job as a magical goat." Rick Riordan's books are always some of my favourite books to read so Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor is no exception. That being said, it was even better than the first book “Otis and his brother, Marvin, pulled the god’s chariot. They also provided Thor with a never-ending supply of goat meat. Each night, Thor killed and ate them for dinner. Each morning, Thor resurrected them. This is why you should go to college, kids—so when you grow up you do not have to take a job as a magical goat." Rick Riordan's books are always some of my favourite books to read so Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor is no exception. That being said, it was even better than the first book. The Magnus Chase series feels different from Rick Riordan's other books as well, I'm not sure if it's because Norse mythology is a whole lot more intense or because he uses a series of diverse characters, but it is beyond enjoyable to read. This book got so good that I stopped taking notes and recording quotes for my review because I had been excitedly telling people about this series and running around screaming. Accurate representation of me:Now, what else can I say?I don't even know what to say because I just dove straight into this book and if you have read the first one it may be the best plan of attack. Diversity. I will talk about diversity. Now, I noticed the other month when I joined Twitter for a short period of time people wanted diverse representations in YA fiction. The Hammer of Thor has this diversity. How? You may ask. Well, first we have Samirah al Abbas who is a Muslim character in the Norse world but also believes fully in Allah. Sam's religion plays a large part in this series, with her prayers even being mentioned throughout this book. I studied Islam religion for two years in high school, so it is interesting to be able to use information I learnt in school to help me understand the book further. However, Sam was in the first book so she isn't that big of a shock. The big shock of this book is Rick Riordan introducing the first gender-fluid character in his books, Alex Fierro. I can say so much about Alex, but they were honestly my favourite character throughout this book. The fact that the pronouns were instantly taken on, whether Alex wanted to be called she/he, was amazing. I just loved it. Now, I should probably talk about the plot and the world building. Everything in this book is just perfect. The fact that we have Magnus' witty sense of humour and other characters. The fact that Magnus makes mistakes and screams in situations. The fact that Magnus sucks at sword fighting. Now, that is just Magnus. The rest of the characters are developed so much further in this book. This book doesn't suffer from second book syndrome.The plot was completely action packed. I'm not sure there was a page where something wasn't happening, or if there was it was a chapter filled with humour that had me laughing incredibly loudly. I mean the way that Rick winds his words together, because Magnus, is in fact, Annabeth's cousin, is beautiful. “I’d even had a mind-melting conversation with my cousin Annabeth about the Greek gods who hung out in New York and made her life difficult. Apparently North America was lousy with ancient gods. We had a full-blown infestation." I'm not even sure what else to say, this whole review is a complete mess. I am a mess. I love this series so much. I think the only thing that could have made this book better if our Thor was more like this You can't live in my household, where my mum is so obsessed with Thor/Chris Hemsworth that our dog got named Thor, without loving the man too. Overall, this book is a masterpiece and is definitely on my favourites of 2016 list.
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  • Natalie Monroe
    January 1, 1970
    Nice Natalie: I don't like that we're always here these days with Riordan's books.Cynical Natalie: Maybe if he wrote quality material, we wouldn't be here. Exhibit A: the plot. Hello, quest-with-sidekicks narrative 65.0.Nice Natalie: Oh, come on, you liked the plot! You laughed a bunch of times.Cynical Natalie: I laugh at Vines, but that doesn't mean they deserve an Oscar. What about Hearthstone's dad? (view spoiler)[They basically left him there, half-mad and terrorizing his guests. (hide spoi Nice Natalie: I don't like that we're always here these days with Riordan's books.Cynical Natalie: Maybe if he wrote quality material, we wouldn't be here. Exhibit A: the plot. Hello, quest-with-sidekicks narrative 65.0.Nice Natalie: Oh, come on, you liked the plot! You laughed a bunch of times.Cynical Natalie: I laugh at Vines, but that doesn't mean they deserve an Oscar. What about Hearthstone's dad? (view spoiler)[They basically left him there, half-mad and terrorizing his guests. (hide spoiler)] That plot thread is so loose, people keep mistaking it for the word "lose."Nice Natalie: They were on a tight schedule. I'm sure they'll get back to it next book.Cynical Natalie: And don't even get me started on the ending.Nice Natalie: Oh boy, here we go. *takes cover*Cynical Natalie: "I think it's time you met Percy." Percy. Fucking. Jackson. He has to be dragged into every damn series, every damn mythology now, does he? We all know why—The Kane Chronicles bombed without Percy. The fans want Percy, so Riordan's going to keep extending the franchise and stabbing Easter eggs in places Poseidon's son has no business being.And people are eating it up! Oh, my God, hardly anyone is complaining about this. Why are we sitting by and letting this blatant fanservice sneak by?Nice Natalie: Maybe because, like us, they squealed with delight during that part and maybe because, like us, it's the main reason they're excited for the next book.Cynical Natalie: ...Shut up. Nice Natalie: Can we talk about the good stuff now? There's a transgender and gender fluid love interest. How awesome is that?Cynical Natalie: Yes, and the reveal was about as subtle as a haddock to the face. Sam told us outright that she's transgender. It's lazy writing.Nice Natalie: It's a middle-grade book. A good portion of adults don't understand the gender spectrum beyond gay, lesbian, and bisexual. This way, the message clearly comes across. Culture appropriation is mentioned, too. It seems as though Riordan is finally getting a handle on this diversity thing. It felt a little for show in The Hidden Oracle, but here, we get to see Sam pray and interact with her culture. Nothing against Muslim-Americans who don't feel strongly about their religion, of course, but in the wake of the election and all these hate crimes going on, it's nice to see a Muslim American character who indulges in these belief and still be portrayed positively. She's someone we can root for, not a fear-monger's terrorist. This line is beautiful: "I wondered how Inge felt about being required to show her tail at all times. Was it a source of pride to show her identity , or did it feel like a punishment?" Respectful, thoughtful while leaving room for personal consideration. Cynical Natalie: You think you have me beat, don't you?Nice Natalie: Nice girls don't engage in competition, but yes.Cynical Natalie: ...Fuck you.Nice Natalie: I love you, too.Other Nice Natalie/Cynical Natalie brawls reviews:The Fault in Our StarsA Girl Like YouIf I StayDreams of Gods & MonstersThe MartianMe and Earl and the Dying GirlCatching FireAll The RageAn Ember In The AshesHarry Potter & the Cursed ChildCaravalWarcross
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  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    January 1, 1970
    Thor's lost his dang hammer again.Loki is scheming and causing trouble, again.3.5 stars. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:The god Thor has lost his hammer again, but this time it’s even worse: the giant Thrym has gotten hold of it and has hidden it away where no one else can reach it. If the hammer isn’t returned to Thor quickly, enemies of Asgard will take advantage of their weakness and attack, triggering Ragnarok, the battle at the end of the world, and bringing massive death Thor's lost his dang hammer again.Loki is scheming and causing trouble, again.3.5 stars. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:The god Thor has lost his hammer again, but this time it’s even worse: the giant Thrym has gotten hold of it and has hidden it away where no one else can reach it. If the hammer isn’t returned to Thor quickly, enemies of Asgard will take advantage of their weakness and attack, triggering Ragnarok, the battle at the end of the world, and bringing massive death and destruction in the Nine Worlds.Loki the trickster, who has been chained up by the other gods as punishment for his misdeeds, visits Magnus Chase in a dream (Loki gets around pretty well in dreamland). He tells Magnus that he’s worked out a deal to get Thor’s hammer back: all Magnus has to do is bring Thrym a certain bride for a wedding in five days, along with the bride-price, and Thrym will give back the hammer as his wedding gift.There are just a few problems with this plan: The intended bride is the Valkyrie Samirah, Magnus’ friend and Loki’s daughter, who is already engaged to another man and, by the way, has absolutely no interest in marrying a giant. The bride-price that Magnus is supposed to bring to the giant is the magical Skofnung Sword, hidden in a mummified Danish king’s tomb and protected by zombie Viking guards. And certainly not least is the fact that Loki certainly has a scheme, his own devious reason for brokering this deal … if only Magnus could figure out what it is. But Magnus doesn’t see any choice but to go along with the plan, at least for now. Luckily he has his friends Samirah, Blitzen the fashion-forward dwarf, and the elf Hearthstone to help him, as well as a new acquaintance, Alex Fierro, the latest addition to the halls of Valhalla.The Hammer of Thor (2016) doesn’t diverge from Rick Riordan’s formula of mythological gods and smart-aleck half-blood children who are sent off on various quests and adventures in each book, but Riordan excels at telling a fast-paced, humorous adventure. Magnus’ talkative sword Sumarbrander, the Sword of Summer (fondly known as “Jack”) is back in full force, chatting with Magnus, flying through the air to fight enemies all by himself, and ill-advisedly falling in love with the lovely and deadly Skofnung Sword. Samirah and Hearthstone both become more fully fleshed out characters, as we get to know more about their lives and backgrounds, particularly when we visit Hearthstone’s family home in Alfheim. Thor’s hammer strikes me as a bit of a MacGuffin, an object whose primary function is to advance the plot, and, entertaining as it was, I’m not certain the overarching plot of this series was advanced much in this middle book. While the plot is amusing and we explore a few more of the Nine Worlds, the entire book struck me as a rather elaborate way to set up just one particular event that occurs toward the end.The most notable difference from his earlier books is that Riordan is making an appreciable effort to include more diverse characters, particularly in the MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD series: Magnus is a formerly homeless teen, Hearthstone the elf is deaf, and Magnus’s closest companion is Samirah, a devout Muslim. Now in The Hammer of Thor we meet the gender-fluid Alex, whose self-identification as either male or female can change from day to day. Like Samirah, Alex is a child of the trickster god Loki, who in the traditional Norse legends was able to change his sex: he often disguised himself as a woman. So it does make sense for Loki to have a gender-fluid child. There’s a slightly clunky lecturing tone to Magnus’ discussions with Alex about respecting Alex’s current gender choice and calling Alex by the gender he/she currently identifies as, but overall this somewhat touchy subject is handled sensitively and in a way that most will consider appropriate for its intended age group of readers.The MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD series is generally light-hearted and humorous, though it does include a fair amount of violence and mayhem, in a nod to the warlike Viking culture that inspires this series. Most of the time the violence is played for comic effect, so it’s not likely to traumatize any but the most sensitive readers. The Hammer of Thor is a solid story; it might not appeal to readers who are tired of Riordan’s formula, but it will almost certainly please the Riordan fan in your house.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. Thank you!
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  • Ashley Nuckles
    January 1, 1970
    This book took me so long to get through for absolutely no reason at all BUT IT WAS SO WORTH IT. 5 STARS. ALSO ALEX IS MY NEW FAVORITE CHARACTER IN THESE BOOKS! (If that wasn't obvious enough before)
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I'll admit there were times when I thought this book was a little too silly (again, maybe I'm slightly outgrowing middle grade books finally). Regardless, I still really enjoyed the story! I'll definitely want to pick up book 3!
  • Marnie Krüger
    January 1, 1970
    Yet again Rick make me stay up way to late!What I love most about Rick's work is that the action and suspense just keep getting better! It's not like with most trilogies where you feel the second book is just a bridge to the third book and doesn't really add any value to the story. The Hammer of Thor gives us dynamic character growth, new characters to cherish, epic adventures, suspense and of course a cliffhanger ending!In all honesty, I'm not giving this review my full attentions, because I re Yet again Rick make me stay up way to late!What I love most about Rick's work is that the action and suspense just keep getting better! It's not like with most trilogies where you feel the second book is just a bridge to the third book and doesn't really add any value to the story. The Hammer of Thor gives us dynamic character growth, new characters to cherish, epic adventures, suspense and of course a cliffhanger ending!In all honesty, I'm not giving this review my full attentions, because I really, really just want to read the next book...So I'm not gonna torture you (or myself) any further, I'm just gonna stop now and go READ!
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Aaaaand the year of waiting for Riordan's next book commences! You'd think I'd be good at waiting since I've been doing this for so many years now but NOPE. At least there's THE HIDDEN ORACLE coming out on May 3rd...
  • no
    January 1, 1970
    This book felt like a basket case of déjà vu. Literally speaking.Sword that turns into utility item: ✔Stupid gods: ✔16 year old 'heroes' do all the quests: ✔Snarky do-gooder protagonist: ✔What is surprising is, despite the fact that it is near indistinguishable from the Percy Jackson series, this novel managed to hook me. It was funny. “Valkyrie business. Possible code three-eight-one: heroic death in progress.""You're making that up.""I'm not.""So...what, somebody thinks they're about to die an This book felt like a basket case of déjà vu. Literally speaking.Sword that turns into utility item: ✔Stupid gods: ✔16 year old 'heroes' do all the quests: ✔Snarky do-gooder protagonist: ✔What is surprising is, despite the fact that it is near indistinguishable from the Percy Jackson series, this novel managed to hook me. It was funny. “Valkyrie business. Possible code three-eight-one: heroic death in progress.""You're making that up.""I'm not.""So...what, somebody thinks they're about to die and they text you 'Going down! Need Valkyrie ASAP!' followed by a bunch of sad-face emojis?” The story is the same - the usual demigod squad save a bunch of assess, nearly get killed, get gold trophies. You know, your usual Rick Riordan book.What made it worth reading was the diversity:✔ We have Samirah Al-Abbas (aka Sam, and my favorite person in this novel) who believes in Allah (and is the embodiment of badass: does her prayers by noon, and transports heroic souls by night)✔ There's Hearthstone, who might be my favorite elf ever. He's deaf, but never is that portrayed as a handicap or something that holds him back. There's another deaf minor character too.✔ And of course, everybody's (my) favorite, Alex Fierro, who's gender fluid and transgender. “Look, some people prefer they,’ Alex said. ‘They’re non-binary or mid-spectrum or whatever. If they want you to use they, then that’s what you should do. But for me, personally, I don’t want to use the same pronouns all the time, because that’s not me. I change a lot. That’s sort of the point. When I’m she, I’m she. When I’m he, I’m he. I’m not they. Get it?’‘If I say no, will you hurt me?’‘No.’‘Then no, not really.’” Oh, and did I mention I'm in love with all of Floor 19?...and Sam and Amir. They're so cute, they make me blush.----It's been so long since I read a Rick Riordan book, I can feel the absence of snarky puns and sassy high school protagonists fighting gods.
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  • Carlos.
    January 1, 1970
    Rick Riordan lo ha vuelto a hacer. De verdad, con cada libro de este señor que leo me enamoro aún más de su forma de escribir. Y sí, todos sus libros son iguales, pero es que me da igual.Como con todos los libros de este señor, ha sido un libro súper divertido y súper ágil de leer. Me lo he pasado genial reencontrándome con Sam, Magnus, Blitz y compañía; y me ha encantado saber un poquito más de Hearth, de su historia y de su mundo.También quiero señalar una cosa que me ha parecido muy heavy, in Rick Riordan lo ha vuelto a hacer. De verdad, con cada libro de este señor que leo me enamoro aún más de su forma de escribir. Y sí, todos sus libros son iguales, pero es que me da igual.Como con todos los libros de este señor, ha sido un libro súper divertido y súper ágil de leer. Me lo he pasado genial reencontrándome con Sam, Magnus, Blitz y compañía; y me ha encantado saber un poquito más de Hearth, de su historia y de su mundo.También quiero señalar una cosa que me ha parecido muy heavy, incluso para ser Rick Riordan: la introducción de un personaje genderfluid, Alex Fierro (que ya lo sabía porque lo leí en tumblr pero whatever). Me parece ameisin que este señor esté inculcando este tipo de tolerancia y de respeto a la cantidad de niños pequeños que leen sus libros, y que se esté enfrentando a todos los padres retrógrados que dicen que ya no van a comprar más sus obras. No sé, quiero mucho a este señor.En fin, no puedo decir nada de este libro que no haya dicho de cualquiera de Rick. Es maravilloso, ameno, y entrañable. Yo creo que me ha gustado incluso más que el primero, y con ese final estoy nerviosito por leer el tercero.
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  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    January 1, 1970
    "Just like the good old days: marching together into the unknown, searching for missing magical weapons and risking painful death. I’d missed my buddies!" Every time I try to ignore one of Uncle Rick's releases, or act like there are too many of his books for me to possibly still love them, I end up preordering it anyway and binge reading it. At this point I might as well admit I'm hopeless, and will be reading at minimum Magnus Chase and Trials of Apollo to completion. This was the perfect boo "Just like the good old days: marching together into the unknown, searching for missing magical weapons and risking painful death. I’d missed my buddies!" Every time I try to ignore one of Uncle Rick's releases, or act like there are too many of his books for me to possibly still love them, I end up preordering it anyway and binge reading it. At this point I might as well admit I'm hopeless, and will be reading at minimum Magnus Chase and Trials of Apollo to completion. This was the perfect book to get me out of my reading slump. It was fast paced, hilarious, and honestly, held a lot more maturity than I was expecting. This book handled some topics that most authors won't dare to poke with a stick (religion, gender fluidity, and even mentally abusive parents) well and without pause. Besides a few more childish jokes, I can tell that Uncle Rick's books are beginning to mature into novels I would consider much more young adult than middle grade. Besides the stunts of the gods, Magnus and co. are definitely much more mature and deeper than past books. (Don't worry; this is by no means a jab at any of his past books.)Look forward to lots of great pop culture references guys, because as usual, there are lots and I love it. What other author talks about Netflix, Captain America, Star Wars, and Jessica Jones so freely in their novels?This book is also fantastic for Blitzstone fans, as we get a much deeper look into Hearth's childhood and many awesome bromantic scenes between everyone's favorite elf and dwarf. These two are definitely one of my favorite bromances of all time, and one of, if not my favorite, parts of the book.Now that I'm itching for The Ship of the Dead, I'll inform you that if you haven't yet, you should pick up this series. It has humor, a man-eating squirrel, diversity, an elf and dwarf who you may or may not ship, and the best promise for the next book ever: "I think it's time you meet Percy." Are you excited now?!?!
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  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    The Hammer of Thor can firmly be described as "alright." And by that I mean, it had very good parts and very bad parts, but through a mixture of entertainment value and respect for the author, it landed itself a solid three out of five stars. I may change that later (update: I did), but for now, this is what I'm going with. Essentially, the first half of The Hammer of Thor was pretty rough, but the second half was able to (mostly) make up for it. And now, on to the good, the bad, and the iffy.Th The Hammer of Thor can firmly be described as "alright." And by that I mean, it had very good parts and very bad parts, but through a mixture of entertainment value and respect for the author, it landed itself a solid three out of five stars. I may change that later (update: I did), but for now, this is what I'm going with. Essentially, the first half of The Hammer of Thor was pretty rough, but the second half was able to (mostly) make up for it. And now, on to the good, the bad, and the iffy.The GoodSam's Religion In one respect, I do find it strange that this is the only time Rick has explored monotheistic religion in his demigods series (although I suspect that that's about to change), but what really worked with the exploration of Sam's faith was that it actually felt like something genuine and spiritual, not like he was just making a Point (which we'll get to later). It was a very respectful representation, and although it did get a bit heavy-handed at one point, Sam was at her most peaceful and intelligent during the scenes where she practiced and discussed her religion. My only quibble was with her arranged marriage, which I'll get to later on. But for the most part it was very well-done, and I enjoyed being able to learn a small bit about Arabic culture through her.Fun and Enjoyable to Read I'll be honest: the humor in the last book was simply cringe-worthy. Jack the Magic Talking Sword felt juvenile and cheap to me, the jokes were too pun-y for its own good, and Magnus' pessimism often overshadowed the rest of the story. That's why I was so relieved to see how genuinely funny and enjoyable the prose was this time around. Although I didn't appreciate the pop culture references (they make the book feel dated), the humor was much more subtle and far less obnoxious here. Even with its faults, The Hammer of Thor was still a fun read for me, which is always a good thing.The BadElf Police Rick had a lot of Points to make with this story, and for the most part, they worked. The exploration of Sam's religion went well, and even though Alex's story felt a bit like an infomercial at times, it still did the trick. However, both of those plots were created to be inclusive and promote acceptance; the evil elf police was not. As an extremely thinly veiled metaphor for the real-life police force, Rick portrays the elf police as being a bunch of racist, elitist jerks who have no purpose in this story other than to be racist, elitist jerks. Even the most vocal of anti-police brutality activists have stated that they don't believe all cops are corrupt or immoral, so to have a pointless scene where we're shown the generalization that they are is extremely disconcerting. Perhaps that wasn't Rick's intention, but that's the way it came across. It was a clunky and poorly-handled addition to the story, and the story suffered because of it.The Gods In the Percy Jackson books, the gods were often portrayed as quirky and silly, but still capable of having wisdom and other abilities. In the Magnus Chase books, they're dithering idiots. Maybe it's because Rick is running out of plot devices, but being treated to Thor, the smelly, incompetent dullard or Heimdall, the Vine-making airhead, is nowhere near as enticing as when we met Hera, Zeus, Artemis, or any other of the Greek deities. Indeed, this is the one aspect where the The Sword of Summer was actually much better than its successor. Remember when we met Frey and Freya, and actually learned some things about Norse mythology? Or when for a span of five glorious pages, Hel showed up to lay down some serious philosophy and give the concepts of life and death some legitimate perspective? Man, those were the days. With the exception of Loki, an uber-villain, and Sif, the endearing trophy wife, the only gods who managed to peak my interest were Vidar and Sigyn, who were both mute. Needless to say, I found it disappointing. The Demigods One of the things that made reading a series about demigods so endearing was that it was essentially about young superheroes, only with history thrown in. Camp Half-Blood was so much fun to read about because the kids all had their own powers, each connected in some way to the Greek myths. I realize that Rick needed to make this series different from PJO, but it simply wasn't as enjoyable to read about elves and dwarves as it was about a whole group of unique demigods. Frey is a close counterpart to Apollo, but Magnus' powers aren't nearly as exciting as the Apollo kids' are. Blitzen is a son of Freya, but you wouldn't know it unless someone mentioned it every so often. And Sam and Alex are the children of the same god--Loki--who shape shift occasionally, but usually just throw sharp objects at people. That's not much compared to characters who control water, raise the dead, enchant people with their voices, and summon thunderstorms.Magnus The big one. Most people will disagree with me on this, but the weakest part of the Asgard series is our very own narrator who, in my opinion, doesn't have a solid personality. There are multiple Magnuses that exist in this story, and it appears that Rick can't figure out which one is the real deal: the angry social justice warrior who hates the upper class and is exceptionally well-versed in cultural rhetoric, the condescending anti-establishment bro who is too enlightened to be your friend, or the funny little dork who loves soap operas and silly puns. I don't think the author ever really figured out what to make of Magnus, and as his desire to address social issues grew, Magnus became his de-facto mouthpiece. It simply doesn't make sense for a scraggly bro like Magnus who only wants to chill and eat falafel to randomly whip out words like "non-heteronormative" and "appropriation." One minute Magnus wants to feed the homeless and protect the vulnerable, and then the next minutes he's mouthing off to anyone who blinks at him the wrong way. Rick seems to be somewhat conscious of these inconsistencies, and tries to cover for it towards the end when he has Alex say, "You pretend like you're all tough and sarcastic or whatever, but you're a big softie." The only issue is, there's no internal struggle that suggests that Magnus is fighting to hide his tender heart. It certainly would fit with his situation--Magnus lost so much and lived such a rough life that it would be only natural for him to have his guard up--but I've read plenty of books where the main character faces this interval vs. external struggle, and they've all been handled better than this. Magnus never has any regrets about being a jerk, nor does he often put himself into another person's shoes. If we're supposed to believe that Magnus is really just a sweet guy who protects himself by acting like he's above everyone else, then that's not what we're given. All it seems like is that Magnus Chase is an inconsistent character whose personality changes based on the narrative. (Note: while on the subject of the Magnus that hates the upper class, there definitely seems to be a running theme in this book that wealth = low moral character. I find this a bit hypocritical given that Rick is one of the top earning authors in the world. There's something rather distasteful about being lectured on the evils of affluence by a multi-millionaire).The Iffy Combination of Religions It's clear that Rick really wanted to write about a Muslim character, and while I do think that he did a great job with this, a whole new level of confusion is added to the story by somehow making monotheism and polytheism exist within the same realm. Add to this that Magnus is somehow an atheist despite being the son of a god who is living in a spiritual afterlife. Just by doing a quick online search, the definition of an atheist is "a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings." I believe that Rick decided to make Magnus non-religious because he wanted to give non-religious kids representation, but it doesn't make any sense, thematically, for Magnus to be an atheist when he's the son of one of many "supreme beings." I also don't understand who all these polytheistic religions exist in the same sphere (were the Norse not at all concerned when Gaea returned? Why aren't Norse demigod children trained and protected the way the Roman and Greek ones are? Which afterlife do non-divine mortals go to when they die?) but I'm going to cut Rick some slack here, since it looks like this will be addressed more in future books.Inconsistencies Forget the timeline issues--I can forgive Rick for giving up on that. But what was the point of Loki confronting Sam's grandparents, only to have them forget about it five days later? Why were they able to forget so easily, but humans in the other series weren't (such as when Piper's father had to have his memory erased)? These weren't huge issues, but they did puzzle me quite a bit.Alex I like Alex very much (even if she did remind me of Thalia at times), but as mentioned above, discussions of her gender identity often turned into after-school TV specials. I realize that representation is very important to these books, and that certain things have to be explained for the middle-grade audience. However, Rick had already shown that he was able to write about touchy subjects without turning the story into a dissertation with how he portrayed Sam's relationship with Islam (or to go back to the Greeks, with the excellent way he wrote about Nico's sexuality). I understand why Rick was so stringent with how he explained Alex's identity, but I would have preferred that he made it sound more like part of a story and less like a college lecture. (Also, call me crazy, but I'm just not feeling the Magnus/Alex ship. It just doesn't do anything for me *shrugs*).Sam's Arranged Marriage Both of them, actually. For the engagement to the giant, we've seen this already: it was in The Sea of Monsters, when Grover was pretending to be a cyclops' fiance and needed to be rescued by Percy within a few days' time. As for her other engagement, the legitimate one, I am more conflicted. I like Amir, and I realize that, once again, this is part of Rick trying to promote tolerance and inclusion in his work. However, the irony was not lost on me that despite being an exceedingly socially liberal story, we're somehow supposed to not question the fact that a teenager is being married off by her grandparents simply because it's part of her culture. Respect for other cultures and religions is something that I take very seriously, but I also have met many hijab-wearing Muslim girls in my lifetime, none of whom were engaged at sixteen. This makes me question why Rick felt inclined to include this aspect of Islamic culture in the first place. When eager fans asked if Annabeth and Percy would get engaged anytime soon, Rick had responded that they were much too young--something that I fully agree with. So why then is this not the case with Samirah? Heck, he could have totally avoided this issue by having Sam still be betrothed but not set to actually be wed until after she finished college. But instead, we're specifically told that she and Amir are planning to get married once she turns 18. Much like how I find Rick's regard for wealth in this story to be hypocritical, I also can't help but feel that there's a double standard with this as well. If any other teenage girl were being married off--no matter how likable her fiance is--it would be considered outrageous, but because Sam comes from a culture where this isn't unheard of (albeit not necessarily common in North America, at least from what I've gleaned), it's considered perfectly acceptable. These are merely my own opinions and observations, and I understand that plenty of people feel differently than I do. All in all, I did enjoy this book, but it had many flaws, and I sincerely hope that the next one is better.
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  • Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
    January 1, 1970
    "Mientras sus historias sobreviviesen, los dioses sobrevivirían. Y las historias eran casi imposibles de eliminar".El Martillo de Thor, el arma más poderosa del universo nórdico, se ha perdido y los planes de Loki de desencadenar el Ragnarok están más cerca que nunca. Por eso, Magnus Chase tendrá que embarcarse en una nueva misión que lo llevará a recorrer varios mundos nórdicos, seguir pistas de cabras, salvar a sus amigos de la muerte y destrucción, evitar bodas macabras y ser más inteligente "Mientras sus historias sobreviviesen, los dioses sobrevivirían. Y las historias eran casi imposibles de eliminar".El Martillo de Thor, el arma más poderosa del universo nórdico, se ha perdido y los planes de Loki de desencadenar el Ragnarok están más cerca que nunca. Por eso, Magnus Chase tendrá que embarcarse en una nueva misión que lo llevará a recorrer varios mundos nórdicos, seguir pistas de cabras, salvar a sus amigos de la muerte y destrucción, evitar bodas macabras y ser más inteligente que el dios del engaño. Además de Magnus, Samirah (la valkiria), Hearth y Blitzen, nuestros personajes habituales, en El Martillo de Thor aparece alguien muy peculiar. Alex es una hija/hijo de Loki que acaba de morir y se acaba de unir a los guerreros nórdicos en el Valhalla. Lo interesante de este personaje es que, en sus mismas palabras, es de género fluido, es decir que unos días se siente más chica que chico y otros días se siente más chico que chica. Si bien es un asunto un poco complejo de entender en un principio, con el paso de las páginas nos vamos acostumbrando más, al igual que los demás personajes, a dejar fluir a Alex. En medio de aventuras, engaños y traiciones, el libro va reinterpretando varios de los mitos nórdicos más representativos. Las reglas que rodean a la espada y la piedra Skofnung, las barbaries de algunos habitantes de Alfheim, la gran misión de Heimdal en el puente Bifrost, el engaño de la boda, los castigos de Loki y, por supuesto, las tareas imposibles de Thor en el reino de los gigantes. Para una amante de la mitología como yo, el ver estos mitos reinterpretados con tanto experticia y humor en los libros de Rick Riordan siempre es una experiencia fenomenal. Una de las cosas más interesantes de El Martillo de Thor es que, a pesar de que se me hizo un poco más lento que el anterior, la historia se apoya muchísimo en las experiencias individuales de los personajes, en sus sentimientos y en sus motivaciones. Es por eso mismo por lo que el juego de engaños en esta segunda entrega de Los Dioses de Asgard es mucho mayor. Tenemos más variables y más personajes en juego que pueden engañar a los protagonistas y, por supuesto, los lectores. Llega un punto en el que no sabes si confiar en Alex, por ejemplo, ya que es hija/o de Loki.Si bien el libro, como decía antes, es un poco lento, todo se compensa con las grandes dosis de humor que Rick Riordan le imprime a todas las situaciones y a sus personajes. Las conversaciones de doble sentido, los chistes deliberadamente malos, las situaciones absurdas y, ¿cómo dejarlos por fuera?, los nombres de los capítulos, hacen de esta aventura algo muchísimo más memorable. Además, ¿podemos hablar de la cabra de Thor encubierta como agente secreto? ¿O del hecho de que Jack, la espada de Magnus, tenga citas con otras armas peligrosas? Ay, tío Rick. Pero no todo es humor en El Martillo de Thor. De hecho, hay escenas bastante oscuras y retorcidas que, por supuesto, corresponden con lo más retorcido de la mitología nórdica. El pago del wergild, la deuda más difícil de sostener y la cual Hearthstone ha llevado a sus espaldas toda la vida; el dilema que atraviesa Samirah, no sólo por sus creencias, sino porque su vida personal se ve truncada por una boda malintencionada... eso sin mencionar la manipulación a la que la somete Loki, su padre; el mismo castigo de Loki con el veneno goteando en su cabeza y su esposa Sygin, obligada a acompañarlo, sirviéndole y con los brazos destrozados... Todos estos no son más que ejemplos de la oscuridad que atraviesa el libro. Si volvemos a un tono más alegre, me encanta que Rick Riordan haya sido consciente de que sus libros se enmarcan en un panorama actual y, por lo tanto, la representación e inclusión de todo tipo de personajes era necesaria. Ahora, hablando de Alex, ¿soy la única que notó un je ne sais quoi entre ella/él y Magnus en algunos momentos? No sé, díganme loca, pero estoy absolutamente segura de que algo va a suceder más adelante entre ellos dos. Ahora, lo que se viene en The Ship of the Dead promete muchísimo, pues el Ragnarok se presenta como algo absolutamente real, Loki tiene más ases bajo su manga y nuestros personajes van a necesitar ayuda de sus conocidos en el Campamento Mestizo para sobrevivir al fin del mundo... o detenerlo.
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  • Catarina (TravelerBetweenWorlds)
    January 1, 1970
    October 23, 2016 UPDATE This magnificent book is already out and I haven't had the chance to read it. *sniff* #cryingoutloudOctober is getting closer!!! *dancing around* July 5, 2016 UPDATE You can find the first chapter here. April 30, 2016 UPDATE I'm late, as usual! I just seen the synopsis and sounds amazing...And the cover.... It's so beautiful!!! January 12, 2016 UPDATE The second book from Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard..... October 4th.... I'm going to die... Why, Why??? Just:
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  • Mariam
    January 1, 1970
    You understand there's no such thing as a little death prophecy, right? I really wish I could give this five stars (this is Rick Riordan's book after all!) but if I sit down, take a deep breath, and think about how many of these chapters Riordan's reused from his Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, I can't. I loved the characters, and the hilarious adventures Riordan writes about, but it's getting to be too much. Sure, there were some amazing, brand new scenes. But the rest? All reused wi You understand there's no such thing as a little death prophecy, right? I really wish I could give this five stars (this is Rick Riordan's book after all!) but if I sit down, take a deep breath, and think about how many of these chapters Riordan's reused from his Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, I can't. I loved the characters, and the hilarious adventures Riordan writes about, but it's getting to be too much. Sure, there were some amazing, brand new scenes. But the rest? All reused with maybe a couple of tweaks to it. Don't get me wrong, the book was very good. So much better than The Sword of Summer. And the last chapter got me super pumped for the next book, which is coming out in 2017 (!!!!!)Despite my complaints, I will always, always read Rick Riordan's books. So keep writing, Rick!
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  • Tabby
    January 1, 1970
    THE REVIEWWhy this book?I really liked the first bookWhat I thoughtRick Riordan did it again another amazing book! I just can't wait to get my hands on them and devour all the Rick Riordan goodness!!! Can I just say how much I love the bromance between Blitz and Hearthstone! I just love them!!! One thing I didn't like though Sam and Amir drama,I just don't care! Magnus is really growing on me though, I wasn't so sure about him in the first book. That being said I just loved the hell out of this THE REVIEWWhy this book?I really liked the first bookWhat I thoughtRick Riordan did it again another amazing book! I just can't wait to get my hands on them and devour all the Rick Riordan goodness!!! Can I just say how much I love the bromance between Blitz and Hearthstone! I just love them!!! One thing I didn't like though Sam and Amir drama,I just don't care! Magnus is really growing on me though, I wasn't so sure about him in the first book. That being said I just loved the hell out of this book definitely a must read (view spoiler)[One last thing why is Rick bringing Percy into this series? It's totally unnecessary (hide spoiler)]
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  • Camille ☼
    January 1, 1970
    “At this point, most people would have thrown themselves down on the ground and given up hope. And by most people, I mean me.”Okay, I’m sold. I loved the first book but I was not as enthusiastic about it as Percy Jackson. This book though, was amazing and definitely turned me into a little fan of this series. A book that have characters from all origins, with different religions, gender representations and characters with disabilities. But the best thing about it ? The books doesn’t make it the “At this point, most people would have thrown themselves down on the ground and given up hope. And by most people, I mean me.”Okay, I’m sold. I loved the first book but I was not as enthusiastic about it as Percy Jackson. This book though, was amazing and definitely turned me into a little fan of this series. A book that have characters from all origins, with different religions, gender representations and characters with disabilities. But the best thing about it ? The books doesn’t make it the only thing about these characters. Their story and involvement in the story do not revolve only around it and the narrator doesn’t make a bid deal out of it. I love all the characters of the story and this is rare. Alex, Sam and Hearthstone are my big favourite but I love Blitzen and Magnus so much too. I’m really happy we got to see more of Hearth’s past and of Sam’s relationship with her family, Amir, and her religion. I loved that not once the book made fun of her religion, or made use of common misinterpretation or judgements. This book (and the characters) was as open-minded as you could be. Alex Fierro. She/he became my favourite in this book. A gender-fluid character, a shapeshifter (how cool is that), uses a garrot as a weapon, and is an angry little cupcake. I don’t need more than that. This sister team is the best. The friendship between Sam and Magnus is also immensely beautiful and I’m so happy the book decided to show such a positive and totally platonic friendship between a boy and a girl. I won’t even talk of the relationship between Blitz and Hearth. The story was as fun and full of action as every other Rick Riordan book that I’ve read. Like always, I love that I’m reading and learning some stuff about North Mythology and North Gods at the same time. You can obviously feel that you are reading a book which is aimed at middle age children first, but it never really did bother me, the same way it never did with Percy Jackson. And I definitely feel like this is the kind of book I would want my children to read. Amazing message of open-mindedness, a fun and exciting story and some learning. What more could you ask for.
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  • Romie
    January 1, 1970
    You Keep Using the Word Help. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.I didn’t think it could be possible, but this book was even better than the first one. Shocking I know. Rick Riordan is THAT good. Obviously.Like for the first book, I don’t want to talk about the plot because if I did, I wouldn’t be doing you a favour.I actually don’t have much to say in this review that I haven’t previously said in my review of The Sword of Summer . . . but I’m going to talk about Alex Fierro, our ne You Keep Using the Word Help. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.I didn’t think it could be possible, but this book was even better than the first one. Shocking I know. Rick Riordan is THAT good. Obviously.Like for the first book, I don’t want to talk about the plot because if I did, I wouldn’t be doing you a favour.I actually don’t have much to say in this review that I haven’t previously said in my review of The Sword of Summer . . . but I’m going to talk about Alex Fierro, our new character and my Queen.
She’s transgender and gender-fluid and I love her to death. She’s not afraid to set straight someone who obviously has no respect for her, she tells things the way they are and if you’re not happy with that, then screw you. She’s someone I aspire to be like, she strong, brave, kind — yes she is, even though she doesn’t want to admit it — and though she could kill me with her bare hands I want to put her in a blanket like a burrito and make sure she’s never hurt again.I also love how speechless Magnus is when he’s next to her, my sweet summer son is so in love it’s both embarrassing and the best thing you’ll ever witness.I’m so lucky to have read this book with two of the most wonderful persons on this little earth, and I cannot wait for us to read the third book the moment it comes out!4.75
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  • John Papadopoulos
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, wow. What can i say about this book? Sheer perfection, brilliant, wonderful! Is this suppose to be middle grade? Because it did not seem like that at all; which that was the main factor for me to love it even more. I wish Rick would write an adult fantasy series. What makes this book stand out is the maturity and the development of the characters. It did not felt like his previous books whatsoever; Rick wanted to focus even MORE on the bond between friends, being there for each other physica Ok, wow. What can i say about this book? Sheer perfection, brilliant, wonderful! Is this suppose to be middle grade? Because it did not seem like that at all; which that was the main factor for me to love it even more. I wish Rick would write an adult fantasy series. What makes this book stand out is the maturity and the development of the characters. It did not felt like his previous books whatsoever; Rick wanted to focus even MORE on the bond between friends, being there for each other physically AND mentally which made the quest less overwhelming in a good way (you know what i mean). #Blitzstone_forever! If i say more i am going to spoil it and i don't want that. The plot was sooo engaging, fast paced, hilarious and sarcastic, as always; had me laughing out loud so many times. It totally sucks you in and takes you away from the crappy reality. Cheers to you Rick for making me feel that way. The chapters were not super long which i find it pretty refreshing. I love this series sooo much! Oh, and what an ending!! What made me really excited is that it takes place at the same time as the trials of apollo woohoo! We also got to see Annabeth again and we had a few mentions of Percy; yaas! I sooo hope we get to see Annabeth and Percy in the next book!  What a fabulous ride has been a huge step up from book 1. I cannot wait to read the next book! You guys should start reading the series if you haven't already. Big happy sigh..
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  • Gus
    January 1, 1970
    Este se convirtió en uno de mis libros favoritos del autor (y eso es MUCHO decir porque tiene una competencia bastante ajustada). ES TAN ÉPICO ‹3
  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    January 1, 1970
    I knew it was only a matter of time.... yay!
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    January 1, 1970
    I think that I’ve decided that Norse Mythology is maybe my least favorite of all the mythologies I’ve learned anything about. This isn’t the first series I’ve read that when it delved into the Norse Mythology I didn’t get excited about it I think it is a Norse thing with the world tree, different realms, rainbow bridge, gods, giants, ogres, Valhalla, Ragnarok and much much more. Sometime it just feels like too much maybe.Rick Riordan is a fantastic writer. He tells very engaging stories with som I think that I’ve decided that Norse Mythology is maybe my least favorite of all the mythologies I’ve learned anything about. This isn’t the first series I’ve read that when it delved into the Norse Mythology I didn’t get excited about it I think it is a Norse thing with the world tree, different realms, rainbow bridge, gods, giants, ogres, Valhalla, Ragnarok and much much more. Sometime it just feels like too much maybe.Rick Riordan is a fantastic writer. He tells very engaging stories with some pretty cool twists to them. This one is no different than that. It has all the humor, one liners and situational comedy that I expect from one of his book and yet…..I am not enjoying this series as much as his others. Maybe it is just he lack of Percy Jackson or maybe it is the added in cultural lessons. *shrugs* I’m just not sure.This has so extra things in there for a Middle Grade to YA book that I guess if you are an uptight kind of parent you might want to be made aware of. I’m totally fine with these things being in there but if I had a kid around the age of 11-15 I’d be prepared for some discussion maybe.First there is a teenage betrothal. Sam has been betrothed to Amir since they were babies practically. They are Muslim and so some of the book time is spent on their unusual (compared to an American Teenager) relationship and the upcoming marriage they will have in about 2 years. The good news is that they are actually in love so it isn’t like her family is forcing her to marry someone she has never met or hates. Still I really don’t have a lot of expertise in this area and so I have no idea if culturally speaking this is representative or let’s get our panties all bunched up over. I’m just mentioning it.Second and this is where I’m sure some parents got peeved and Mr. Riordan got letters (good and bad) is he has a transgendered teen in this book. It works and is book appropriate because it is Loki’s child and so he/she is a shapeshifter and very gender fluid due to the nature his/her parent. Alex is the first transgendered teen to make it into anything I’ve read at this level. It is done well, it is never really preachy or anything and hey this is the world we live in. But that said I’m sure some parents will not be expecting to see that in an MG/YA book. “Look, some people prefer they,’ Alex said. ‘They’re non-binary or mid-spectrum or whatever. If they want you to use they, then that’s what you should do. But for me, personally, I don’t want to use the same pronouns all the time, because that’s not me. I change a lot. That’s sort of the point. When I’m she, I’m she. When I’m he, I’m he. I’m not they. Get it?’‘If I say no, will you hurt me?’‘No.’‘Then no, not really.’She shrugged. ‘You don’t have to get it. Just, you know, a little respect.’‘For the girl with the very sharp wire? No problem.’ I’m glad that RR went this direction with a character in his book and it totally makes sense to the story since Loki can also be male and female as well. Still heads up.Third there is some discussion about homelessness since Magnus and Alex were both homeless from time to time. Again this isn’t something normally in a contemporary UF MG/YA book. But again some magical people in this world don’t really fit in well and are sorta looked upon as mentally ill so I think the homeless/troubled teen follows this line of thought.Okay so enough stretching how much social messaging we can fit into one book series. The crux of the story is about trying to get Thor’s Hammer back since he lost it sometime in the last book. The problem isn’t so much that it is lost but about who took it. It seems someone stole it and made a deal with Loki to trade Thor’s Hammer for the hand of Sam (the previously mentioned betrothed to someone person) in marriage. So they need to find a way to get the Hammer back without marrying of their friend to a fate worse than death. It is a fun and fast paced story full of lots of little adventures leading into the big showdown. Still it is all Norse Mythology and so while some of it is pretty cool I just miss the Greeks and Romans. But, there is hope since at the end of this it is discovered that we might need a little help from my favorite Greek demi-god Percy in the next book. “Annabeth smiled. “I don’t know the ocean very well, but my boyfriend does. I think it’s time you met Percy.” I think what I’m saying is that is you haven’t read the Percy Jackson series then go read that first and then add this on after you finish those 10 books. Don’t let those movies fool you they were about a 1/10 as awesome as the books were. Unless Norse Mythology is totally your thing and you are the opposite of me and think that Greek and Roman mythology is less cool than Norse MythologyAudio Note: I didn't enjoy the narrator at all. (The original Percy Jackson series 1-5) audio narration is fantastic and this one is sub par for me.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this.Magnus is such a precious little cinnamon roll. I love him so much.Alex is my new favorite character. It was so refreshing to see a gender fluid/transgender character. I think I may have a crush on Alex because she/he is just that awesome.Overall, I loved everything about this. It was funny. I loved the pop culture references. The story was good. I can't wait for the next book.
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