The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3)
Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin's chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn't naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard's greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?

The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3) Details

TitleThe Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
ISBN-139781423160939
Rating
GenreFantasy, Mythology, Young Adult, Childrens, Middle Grade

The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3) Review

  • Simona Bartolotta
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series to pieces. And was that a hint at a possible continuation you threw in there, Rick? WAS IT
  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    January 1, 1970
    Post-read review:I'm satisfied. However, I guess this means that I have officially sold my soul to Uncle Rick.Full review to come.Pre-read review:Guys, I have high hopes for this novel. But to be honest, I have one and only one demand...#blitzstone
  • Ashley Nuckles
    January 1, 1970
    Crying. That has to be my favorite in the series. I'm in love and NEED. MORE.
  • P
    January 1, 1970
    “Sometimes you lie to deceive people. Sometimes you lie because you need the lie to become the truth.” If I were ten years younger, this book would blow my mind for sure. In The Ship of the Dead, Magnus, Sam, Alex and his fellas must stop Ragnarok before Loki starts sailing the ship. The beginning sounded promising and I could feel there're a lot of mind-blowing packages that were to come, but I felt a bit let down after halfway through this book. It was not what I expected, tbh.Quests after q “Sometimes you lie to deceive people. Sometimes you lie because you need the lie to become the truth.” If I were ten years younger, this book would blow my mind for sure. In The Ship of the Dead, Magnus, Sam, Alex and his fellas must stop Ragnarok before Loki starts sailing the ship. The beginning sounded promising and I could feel there're a lot of mind-blowing packages that were to come, but I felt a bit let down after halfway through this book. It was not what I expected, tbh.Quests after quests. Prophecies after prophecies. Isn't there anything new and fresh to put in? I wonder that after all this time the story goes on, it hasn't developed much. Yet many characters seem to grow up and learn some valuable life lessons, but the way Mr.Riordan manages to tell his story is just dull and boring. Anyway, some part of me still enjoyed it quite enough because I wanted to know the ending and how the gang pulls it off. “You’re a strange person.” “I prefer the term fabulously weird.” Although the ending is legit anti-climatic. Flyting? Seriously? In addition, toward the last 20%, the story goes so fast I could feel it without any consideration. What I liked in this book? Yeah, I kinda liked Alex even though he/she didn't captivate me that much in the second book but in this one, he incredibly stands out. “The world will end. The big picture cannot be changed. But in the meantime, as Loki once said, we can choose to alter the details. That’s how we take control of our destiny.” Ps. If there were any chance that this series would continue, please give me more Thor. I can't get enough of him.
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    I don't think I could ever rate any of Rick's books lower than 5 stars.
  • Romie
    January 1, 1970
    Am I okay? Or am I dying because of the feels? Am I reborn in Valhalla?Those are all great questions.I didn’t read this book, I inhaled it. Seriously. This book was read in less than a day, that’s simply how good it was. I couldn’t put it down, I NEEDED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.I loved every single character in this book, and I think what I liked the most was knowing all the stories behind Mallory, T.J. and Gunderson, it was just so meaningful. Those three aren’t really present until this book Am I okay? Or am I dying because of the feels? Am I reborn in Valhalla?Those are all great questions.I didn’t read this book, I inhaled it. Seriously. This book was read in less than a day, that’s simply how good it was. I couldn’t put it down, I NEEDED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.I loved every single character in this book, and I think what I liked the most was knowing all the stories behind Mallory, T.J. and Gunderson, it was just so meaningful. Those three aren’t really present until this book, but you learn to love them in just the little time you get to have them.I’m so happy this book took place during Ramadan because it is so important to have representation, it matters. Seeing Samirah fasting, doing her prayers, breaking her fast with dates, focusing on her emotions, it was simply amazing.My small son Maggie, my Mango, my Magnus, I’m so proud of him, this little shit nearly made me cry several times but I love him and of course he’s forgiven. I think it’s the book you get to really see who Magnus actually is : a healer. That’s truly the essence of his being. Magnus is best at healing people, making them feel whole again, important and loved. But being a healer sometimes means you forget about yourself, how amazing and valuable you are . . . you forgot about the greatness there is within you, that’s also Magnus. Magnus who fell in love with the most amazing person ever, I’ve named Alex Fierro.Alex Fierro is a force of nature, that’s truly the best way you can describe her. She’s little but fierce, ready to cut your head off — yeah that’s not a joke, she’ll do it. She’s probably one of the most interesting characters I’ve ever read about, the complexity behind her character is phenomenal. She’s transgender, gender-fluid, our favourite latinx queen, and ready to kick your butt if you dare calling her by the wrong pronouns — especially when she takes the time to tell you which one to use, you punk.Uncle Rick is truly a good ally. That is something you cannot take away from him. He’s respectful of all the different cultures there are out there, and seriously I could cry just because of that. We do not deserve Rick Riordan. We do not. Rick Riordan decided to write diverse characters because that’s the way the world is, and he doesn’t ask to be praised for that. He’s just doing his job has an extremely talented author.Thank you Uncle Rick, you’re so loved.
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  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:When Naglfar ― a ship made out of the fingernails and toenails of the dead, eek! ― sets sail, carrying hordes of giants and zombies warriors to fight the gods of Asgard, Ragnarok and a world-ending battle aren’t far behind. Ragnarok can’t be entirely avoided, unfortunately (it’s an inevitable prophecy), but perhaps it can be delayed for a while longer?As the third and final book in Rick Riordan‘s MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD se 3.5 stars. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:When Naglfar ― a ship made out of the fingernails and toenails of the dead, eek! ― sets sail, carrying hordes of giants and zombies warriors to fight the gods of Asgard, Ragnarok and a world-ending battle aren’t far behind. Ragnarok can’t be entirely avoided, unfortunately (it’s an inevitable prophecy), but perhaps it can be delayed for a while longer?As the third and final book in Rick Riordan‘s MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD series begins, Loki has escaped from his imprisonment by the gods and is getting the dreaded ship Naglfar ready to sail against the gods, triggering Ragnarok. Right now the ship is docked between Niflheim (the world of ice and fog) and Jotunheim (the home of the giants), prepared to set sail as soon as Midsummer causes the ice on the sea to melt enough. Loki loves global warming, by the way.Clearly Magnus Chase and his friends need to stop him somehow! But first Magnus needs to get some training in battling sea monsters from Percy Jackson, then search his dead uncle’s mansion for a mysterious clue, fight a wolf for its possession, set sail with his einherjar friends on a banana-yellow Viking warship through perilous seas to find and stop Loki, avoid being eaten by the sea giant Aegir and his nine bloodthirsty daughters, take a break to go to Alfheim (home of the elves) to fight a malicious dragon and try to get the magical whetstone of Bolverk from his hoard, then …You know what? It’s just another quest for a Riordan demigod hero, and the fun is in going along for the ride. As is typical for Riordan’s YA books, the journey is rather charmingly complex and random, a literary Rube Goldberg chain reaction machine, where one event triggers another, which in turn trips off another, and so on.But it’s an enjoyable ride, even if the trip is convoluted and you don’t really remember the specifics of most of these episodic adventures after you’re done reading the book. And sometimes seemingly significant events like, say, developing the ability to understand the speech of animals, are raised and then dropped with little or no explanation or resolution. But Magnus Chase cracks lots of jokes along the way, some of which are actually quite amusing. The chapter titles are always witty; my favorites this time around were “I Inherit a Dead Wolf and Some Underwear,” followed by “But Wait. Act Now, and You Get a Second Wolf Free!”The cast of The Ship of the Dead is diversity personified, including once-homeless Magnus; Alex, who frequently shifts back and forth between identifying as male and female; devout Muslim Samirah, who fasts for the month of Ramadan notwithstanding all their troubles and conflicts; former black slave and Civil War soldier Thomas Jefferson (T.J.) Jr.; and more. With all this diversity, there’s a refreshing emphasis on friendship and loyalty. It culminates in the book’s climactic scene, with an unexpected twist befitting this entire series’ theme of unity in diversity.Riordan finds creative ways to weave in many actual legends and characters from Norse mythology. I was particularly impressed when I did a little online sleuthing regarding Bolverk, and found that an ancient legend concerning Bolverk, a whetstone, a battle with slaves and the mead of poetry had been neatly woven into the text of The Ship of the Dead. That Naglfar ship though. *shudders*The Ship of the Dead wraps up Magnus Chase’s initial story arc, though I’d expect that some of these characters will make an appearance again in later Riordan books. Near the end there’s a teaser involving Percy Jackson and his girlfriend Annabeth, presumably pointing to the next book set in Riordan’s multi-mythological world.Content note: Parents of younger readers may want to be aware that the gender-fluid Alex, introduced in the second book, The Hammer of Thor, becomes romantically involved with another character in this book (trying to avoid too many spoilers here). Kisses only. Regardless of your stance on this hot topic, it's a good one to discuss with your kids.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, for review. Thank you!!
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  • ambsreads
    January 1, 1970
    THIS REVIEW AND OTHERS ARE ALSO ON MY BLOGR A M B L EFirst up, it feels so good to be writing a review. I haven’t finished a book in a while (about a week, actually) so writing this makes me so happy. Life just sucks at the moment, makes it difficult to make time for a book when you’re packing all your stuff and trying to find a house. But, hey, what can you do?Okay, now fully into the ramble;Some books you truly want to be longer than a trilogy. The story of Magnus Chase is one of them for me. THIS REVIEW AND OTHERS ARE ALSO ON MY BLOGR A M B L EFirst up, it feels so good to be writing a review. I haven’t finished a book in a while (about a week, actually) so writing this makes me so happy. Life just sucks at the moment, makes it difficult to make time for a book when you’re packing all your stuff and trying to find a house. But, hey, what can you do?Okay, now fully into the ramble;Some books you truly want to be longer than a trilogy. The story of Magnus Chase is one of them for me. I know absolutely nothing about Norse mythology. Greek, Egyptian and Roman mythology I all knew about so reading Riordan’s other series were made easy by previous knowledge. Norse mythology was a big wide world of nothing for me. The only thing I really knew was Chris Hemsworth played Thor (my mum loves Chris Hemsworth). This series took me a while to get into and to learn the particular gods of this world, but once I was into it I was so completely in love with the characters.Riordan manages to weave challenges into a story that don’t become tiresome and add to the characters overall journey. He creates fresh characters in every series and their backstories will have you in tears. We don’t even get to learn everything throughout this book, simply get glimpses of the other characters while Magnus Chase attempts to stop Ragnarok.We have such a diverse cast of characters particularly throughout this series that it is the perfect middle-grade novel. Almost everyone can find themselves in this book or pieces of themselves which I think is perfect for children who are going through particular things that aren’t the ‘norm’. I can’t speak for any of the rep though, but I believe it is well done from what I’ve read (will hunt for own voices reviews).I really think Riordan’s series is important for the amazing plot and the characters throughout. I may be 20 in a couple months but I can’t stop myself from picking up these books and being completely engaged.P L O TThe thing about Riordan’s books is that you can’t say much about the plot without spoiling a whole lot. This book details Magnus and our well-known friends going on a journey to defeat Loki. Of course, nothing goes right and there are several side adventures that keep humour up and myself engaged as a reader.This was the perfect book for me to read at the current time. My family is going through some struggles right now and I am getting my wisdom teeth ripped out on Thursday, so I just need to keep myself distracted (but not too distracted, if that makes sense?).Riordan is one of the best writers for the plot, though. I need the plot to keep me engaged and entertained and never over the five years I’ve been reading his books has he let me down. I just love all the additions to the overall story and the even larger addition of humour. These books will get you smiling and giggling.Also, the romance in this book is one of my favourite romances in every book I’ve ever read. It was cute, sweet and completely relatable. It happens so organically and isn’t forced. The trauma between characters is never disregarded either, which I loved.C H A R A C T E R S#M A G N U S C H A S E I love Magnus Chase with all my heart. He is a character that isn’t the ‘chosen one’ or the son of the most well-known and best god of that particular mythology. He’s a bit of a weenie actually. He makes me laugh so hard and constantly keeps me on my toes with his snarky remarks or embarrassing moments.He truly grows in this book. He comes into his own and discovers more about himself and the other around him. I wish we got more of his grief, though. He has lost so much for such a young child and I would honestly be a wreck if it was me. I am blown away.The way he is such a caring individual as well. I mean, he is the son of a god who heals people, so it makes sense. I don’t know what to say, really. I just adore Magnus Chase. He is a sweetheart and I just want to hug him.#O T H E R SI’ve added in this others bit purely because there are so many other characters in this book. We have Alex, Sam, Blitzen, Hearthstone, Mallory, T.J., Gunderson and Jack. They are all incredibly important throughout this particular story. Making their mark and giving us a bit more information on characters that have felt neglected in the past two books.I particularly liked seeing Sam do Ramadam, it was interesting to have that different spiritual connection throughout the book that focuses on a mythology. Alex becomes a full-fledged character for me, as we learnt about his/her background. It was truly heartbreaking. The same goes as we learn about Mallory, T.J and Gunderson, how they all ended up in Valhalla.I’m not sure what to say, apart from the fact I may love the side characters more than I love Magnus Chase. Wild, right?O V E R A L LOverall, a phenomonal conclusion. It has left me desperately and anxiously wanting more. I can’t wait for Magnus to pop up in other books Riordan does. My only complaint would be, not enough Percy Jackson. I was really hoping the Greek and Norse worlds would have come together in this novel, but oh well, what can I do now? Anxiously await for Riordan’s next release and re-read every book he’s written.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    The good thing about Rick Riordan's books is that you always know what you get. They are light-hearted, funny, fast-paced, and just lovely to read. Having said that - I think he might be running out of steam here.I will not even try to give a synopsis because, like all the books in the Percy Jackson universe before this, it's basically: group of demi-gods (or Einherjar) get send on a quest, they go from place A to place B - get attacked/meet a monster/get challenged - escape, go to place C - get The good thing about Rick Riordan's books is that you always know what you get. They are light-hearted, funny, fast-paced, and just lovely to read. Having said that - I think he might be running out of steam here.I will not even try to give a synopsis because, like all the books in the Percy Jackson universe before this, it's basically: group of demi-gods (or Einherjar) get send on a quest, they go from place A to place B - get attacked/meet a monster/get challenged - escape, go to place C - get attacked/meet a monster/ get challenged - escape, go to place D - get attacked/ meet a monster/ get challenged - and so on and so forth. The recipe works; the books are all insanely readable and fun but, especially the later ones get a little bit stale. Not enough that I stop reading them, mind, but enough to make me hope that Rick Riordan will actually manage to wrap them up sooner rather than later so that they can end on a high.What I love about these books is how obviously aware of his readers Rick Riordan is - and he tries to write characters that many people can relate to. I find that especially important in Middle Grade books. He seems to have such a lovely, positive world view and his books reflect that. They always emphasize friendship and being there for each other and being a good person. I like that.I think one of the reasons this book did not quite work for me is the fact how very dark the underlying mythology is: don't get me wrong, the Greek pantheon is filled with dark and twisted tales but also with goodness and hope, Norse mythology? Not so much. It is filled with the knowledge that the end of the world - Ragnarok - is inevitable. And this grimness does not quite mesh with the light-hearted voice of the series. But still, I enjoyed reading this book and spending more time in this world that feels familiar, it is comforting to know exactly what to expect and I needed that.First sentence: "'Try it again,' Percy told me. 'This tme with less dying.'"
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  • georgia ☽
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsHELL YEAH i loved it obviously
  • Camille ☼
    January 1, 1970
    “You’re a strange person.”“I prefer the term fabulously weird.”4.5. I have to admit that I started this series already ready to rage about how it wasn’t as good as Percy Jackson because the Percy Jackson series is one that I hold particularly close to my heart. However, if after the first book I was positively surprised but not impressed, the rest of the series just got better and better and I can almost say I find this just as good as the other series. This series stands out in how diverse and “You’re a strange person.”“I prefer the term fabulously weird.”4.5. I have to admit that I started this series already ready to rage about how it wasn’t as good as Percy Jackson because the Percy Jackson series is one that I hold particularly close to my heart. However, if after the first book I was positively surprised but not impressed, the rest of the series just got better and better and I can almost say I find this just as good as the other series. This series stands out in how diverse and open-minded it is. How many books have you read that figures characters with different religious beliefs (without any of them being judged for it, or only seen through it), characters with disabilities (and I mean important characters), characters that are gender fluid and characters with different sexualities, and more ? A book that does not make those things the most important thing about these characters. Because what is important is how kind, brave, funny, sassy, and heroic they are. THANK YOU. It felt amazing. I love all of those characters and I would do anything to protect them. Alex, Sam and Hearthstone especially. Concerning the story, like any Rick Riordan’s book it was funny, full of action, taught a lot about North mythology and was overall such an easy and light read. I don’t think I have anything bad to say about this really. I’m really sad that this series is finished because I think I could have read a lot more books about these characters. Guys, if you loved Percy Jackson or if you’re looking for diversity and something different, I can only HIGHLY recommend this.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, Magnus! You are the best!I have been trying to decide what it is about these that I love so much. I have really, REALLY liked the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus books, but I LOOOVE Magnus. And I realized that it's because Magnus is, well, such a sweetheart. He is a genuinely compassionate and just sweet guy, and I adore him for that. His first thought, in any situation, is how to take care of his friends. He knows he's not a good fighter, and he doesn't like fighting, so he's always Oh, Magnus! You are the best!I have been trying to decide what it is about these that I love so much. I have really, REALLY liked the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus books, but I LOOOVE Magnus. And I realized that it's because Magnus is, well, such a sweetheart. He is a genuinely compassionate and just sweet guy, and I adore him for that. His first thought, in any situation, is how to take care of his friends. He knows he's not a good fighter, and he doesn't like fighting, so he's always looking for other options and ways they can talk things out, and I adore him for it. He's also funny, but without being mean or snarky, and naive without being stupid. He's the perfect man. I also love how Riordan, through Magnus, points out how completely crazy and occasionally gross Norse mythology is. You know me, you know these are my ancestors, you know I read a lot of Norse mythology. But let's face it: a ship made out of the finger and toenails of the unredeemed dead? That's DISGUSTING. And what would that LOOK like?! The fact that Loki once turned into a beautiful lady horse, and later had an eight-legged horse baby?! That's, as the kids say, completely CRAY-CRAY. And I love the cast of characters in this. Samirah El-Abbas and her magical hijab. Alex and her green and pink fashions. Blitzen and Hearthstone, the ultimate surrogate dad/older brothers. I just melted with love for poor Amir, who is doing his normal human best to not freak the frak out and be supportive of all this, and who brought Magnus a cooler of falafel sandwiches for their deadly quest. Amir! You're awesome!So, if you haven't read this series, DO IT. The first book is The Sword of Summer. If you haven't read any Rick Riordan, go ahead and start with The Sword of Summer, too. Just . . . just read these books, guys. They're great!
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  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    January 1, 1970
    Not to be dramatic but I owe this trilogy my life____ ✨Full series review here! The best way I can describe this series in one sentence is: a more diverse and woke version of Percy Jackson and if that doesn't want to make you read it then I don't know what will.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Like all the books in this series, I really liked this. I think the best part of the series are the characters. I loved how his friends from the 19th floor had a bigger role in this book and had more character development. All of his friends are just so precious. I love them and want to protect each and every one of them. Overall, this was a fantastic installment in the Magnus Chase series.P.S. Alex is still my fav <3
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  • Gabry
    January 1, 1970
    Degna conclusione di questa bellissima trilogia dedicata agli dei nordici! Mi mancheranno moltissimo questi personaggi, zio Rick è sempre una garanzia <3
  • Giska Anandita
    January 1, 1970
    We can finally see Percy xDBut we have to wait for another year:(
  • Sally ☾
    January 1, 1970
    After reading | October 11th, 2017: “Sometimes you lie to deceive people. Sometimes you lie because you need the lie to become the truth.” I cried. I actually cried and I’m so embarrassed to admit that I cried because it honestly wasn’t even that sad. I’m just such an emotional trainwreck, and I don't know what is wrong with me.BUT GOSH DARN IT THE FLYTING SCENE? AND THE OTHALA RUNE SCENE?My heart was just hit with all of the feels and I couldn’t help myself.This trilogy has been just so heart After reading | October 11th, 2017: “Sometimes you lie to deceive people. Sometimes you lie because you need the lie to become the truth.” I cried. I actually cried and I’m so embarrassed to admit that I cried because it honestly wasn’t even that sad. I’m just such an emotional trainwreck, and I don't know what is wrong with me.BUT GOSH DARN IT THE FLYTING SCENE? AND THE OTHALA RUNE SCENE?My heart was just hit with all of the feels and I couldn’t help myself.This trilogy has been just so heartwarming and sweet and hilarious and I love all of the diversity and the friendships and the love, and I don’t know. I am happy.I am hopeful.I am satisfied.I’m so sad it’s over. I am going to miss the bravery that is Samirah al-Abbas, and the adorableness that is her and Amir. I am going to miss Blitzen and Hearthstone who are the true heroes. I am going to miss Alex Fierro who constantly changes but is always true to who they are. I am going to miss Mallory, TJ and Halfborn who have been through so much, but are so loyal and the best friends anyone could ask for.And most of all, I am going to miss the sunshine and sweetness that is Magnus Chase. I am so proud of these nerds, I will miss them all so much.I really hope it’s not the last we hear from the all the einherjar! "You can't hold onto hate forever. It won't do a thing to the person you hate, but it'll poison you, sure enough.” -----Before reading | July 18th, 2017:Me after finishing Sword of Summer: okay, I'm actually totally on board with Magnus not having a love interest.Me after finishing Hammer of Thor: ASDFGHJKL SHIP SHIP SHIPGIVE ME MORE ALEX FIERROMy hopes for Ship of the Dead:≫ BEATRICE (Rick has officially dubbed them this, pass it on)≫ Blitzstone to be confirmed (I mean, were you not feeling those vibes in Hammer of Thor? Because it one hundred percent seems like they have feelings for each other)≫ more Loki (I hate him, but I love him)≫ Percy Jackson to be besties with all the einherjar (I hope him and Magnus will become best friends?? They have similar sassy personalities, but I don't know if Percy will be able to get over the fact that Magnus hates the color blue)(by the way, can we just talk about how Magnus Chase shares a name with Magnus Bane who is in love with Alec Lightwood? Malec and Malex? And Rick also dedicated the first book to Cassie which means they're friends and probably messing with us)
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  • no
    January 1, 1970
    i can't believe because there's still no option for forever rick riordan trash when i'm filling out legal forms because that's the only constant in my lifeall i want to do is paint 'i love samirah al-abbas and i love magnus chase and i love mallory keen and i love halfborn gunderson and i love TJ and i really, really love alex fierro' on a tshirt and wear it for about twenty four hours a day for the next three sixty five daysanyway, a big fuck you to 2016 me and everyone else who said rick is wr i can't believe because there's still no option for forever rick riordan trash when i'm filling out legal forms because that's the only constant in my lifeall i want to do is paint 'i love samirah al-abbas and i love magnus chase and i love mallory keen and i love halfborn gunderson and i love TJ and i really, really love alex fierro' on a tshirt and wear it for about twenty four hours a day for the next three sixty five daysanyway, a big fuck you to 2016 me and everyone else who said rick is writing the same books again and again because this came out of nowhere and left me sh00k// rtcALSO WHAT HAPPENED TO PERCY AND ANNABETH WHAT THE HELL AND FUCK (view spoiler)[WHAT'S THE TRAGEDY WHAT'S THE WHAT THE WHAT THE FUCK WHY IS PERCY SAD WHY IS I CAN'T (hide spoiler)]
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  • may ➹
    January 1, 1970
    i read the first 40 pages today and PERCABETH MADE AN APPEARANCE I NEED THE REST OF THE BOOK RIGHT NOW also i love alex fierro
  • Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
    January 1, 1970
    "Come chocolate primero, destruye el mundo después".Se acerca el Ragnarok, el fin del mundo vikingo, y Magnus y sus amigos deben intentar detener a Loki antes de que la batalla del fin de los tiempos acabe no sólo con ellos, sino con el planeta entero. Un día normal para los semidioses nórdicos, vamos. Adoro la mitología nórdica, me encanta encontrar guiños a los mitos clásicos y ver cómo Rick Riordan transforma las personalidades de los dioses y las vuelve cómicas. Me divierto muchísimo con los "Come chocolate primero, destruye el mundo después".Se acerca el Ragnarok, el fin del mundo vikingo, y Magnus y sus amigos deben intentar detener a Loki antes de que la batalla del fin de los tiempos acabe no sólo con ellos, sino con el planeta entero. Un día normal para los semidioses nórdicos, vamos. Adoro la mitología nórdica, me encanta encontrar guiños a los mitos clásicos y ver cómo Rick Riordan transforma las personalidades de los dioses y las vuelve cómicas. Me divierto muchísimo con los títulos de sus capítulos y con los chistes malos. Me fascinó ver a Percy y a Annabeth al comienzo de El Barco de los Muertos entrenando un poco a Magnus, es un crossover genial. Y... sí, hay un "pero" acercándose en esta reseña. Y lo siento... PERO, creo que ya habiendo terminado la trilogía de Magnus Chase y los Dioses de Asgard puedo decir que es la que menos me ha gustado. Sí, es entretenida. Sí, hay situaciones de peligro y situaciones absurdas. Y sí, me gusta que Rick Riordan haya abierto el mundo de los mitos nórdicos a más personas. Pero no sé qué sucedió, la trilogía no conectó mucho conmigo. En un principio, Magnus me parecía un pobre sustituto de Percy, intentando imitar su humor y demás. Luego, creo que las cosas empezaron a alargarse muchísimo. Sentí que el ritmo y la narración de la trilogía fue decayendo. Ahora, si hay algo que me mantuvo leyendo esta trilogía y que me hacía emocionar un montón conforme se acercaba lo que yo quería que sucediera fueron básicamente dos personajes: Samirah y Alex. Son dos personajes maravillosos y que Rick Riordan introduce en la trama de una manera completamente natural y no por "cumplir cuotas de diversidad". Samirah es una valkiria dedicada a servir a Odín, pero también es musulmana y cree en Alá. ¡Ah! Y encima es hija de Loki. Es una guerrera de miedo, tremendamente inteligente y un soporte vital para sus compañeros. Para mí, lo mejor de esta trilogía, ha sido Alex. Por el bien de esta reseña, vamos a asumir que Alex se siente hombre en este momento y por eso voy a usar pronombres masculinos para referirme a él. Dicho esto... Alex también es hijo de Loki, pero Loki es su madre, y se identifica como una persona de género fluido. ¡Es un personaje absolutamente magnífico! Alex tiene todos los dones de Loki: es retorcido, inteligente y recursivo. Pero odia a su madre y se ha unido al grupo de Magnus para detener el Ragnarok. A lo largo de los libros, conocemos mucho del pasado de Alex, de sus miedos y de lo espontáneo y adorable que puede llegar a ser. Siento que Rick Riordan hizo un gran trabajo construyendo a Alex y presentándonoslo en un libro de mitología nórdica, pues en realidad ayuda muchísimo a normalizar y a conocer cómo sienten y piensan las personas de género fluido, que es algo sobre lo que yo nunca había leído. (view spoiler)[Desde el libro pasado estaba ABSOLUTAMENTE SEGURA de que Magnus y Alex terminarían enredados... ¡Y PASÓ! ¡LO SABÍA! Me sentí tan feliz cuando sucedió que casi salto y dejo caer el libro. Son preciosos. Y la reacción de Magnus es graciosísima, pero lo amo. (hide spoiler)].El final de esta trilogía es predecible, realmente, pero hay pequeños giros que la salvan de ser algo completamente aburrido. Es más, me atrevería a decir que Rick Riordan piensa seguir utilizando a Magnus, Samirah, Alex, Mallory y a los demás en futuros libros, pues el final, si bien cierra el arco de esta saga, deja muchos otros interrogantes que pueden ser pistas para otras sagas.
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  • Haadiya // Hiatus
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars My heart is happyalthough there was one smol detail about islam and ramadhan that was wrong, but stillRTC
  • Fatima Havilliard
    January 1, 1970
    Seeing that the names for the first two books are objects/weapons in Norse Mythology I wonder what would be the name for this one so I'm going to put some of them: ·Svalin: Shield that protected Sol in the chariot from the sun. ·Laevateinn: Loki’s magic sword. ·Hofund: Sword of the god Heimdall. ·Gungnir: Odin's magical spear. ·Hringhorni: Longship of the god Balder. Also there is some thing that I want to see. Well tbh all the fangirls want to see him:
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  • Sepani
    January 1, 1970
    As usual I found humor throughout the story. But I felt bored towards the end of the story.Because of that 4/5 are given.
  • Calista
    January 1, 1970
    I'm sad to be done with Rick's Norse books. These were wonderful. Rick's writing is so clear and he has such a deep understanding of mythology to be able to play with the gods the way he does. These are some of my favorite books as I love anything having to do with mythology. I also enjoy that Magnus is a healer. It's nice that he heals.Also, I think Alex is one of the coolest characters in literature. I mean, it's so neat that he/she is allowed to flow back and forth on the gender spectrum. It' I'm sad to be done with Rick's Norse books. These were wonderful. Rick's writing is so clear and he has such a deep understanding of mythology to be able to play with the gods the way he does. These are some of my favorite books as I love anything having to do with mythology. I also enjoy that Magnus is a healer. It's nice that he heals.Also, I think Alex is one of the coolest characters in literature. I mean, it's so neat that he/she is allowed to flow back and forth on the gender spectrum. It's also amazing that Magnus is attracted to him/her and it's the person. I love it. Rick also tackles homelessness in this book. It is such a well done book. They have to face off against Loki in a Flyting to prevent Ragnarok. They go through some rough realms to get there. It starts off at a fast pace and keeps that up. The stakes are high and the action is packed. Magnus has a capable team of adventurers. I'm glad this was my final book for 2017. Hello 2018. Happy New Year.
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  • Kayley
    January 1, 1970
    Rick Riordan is always a great read, no matter the flaws in his stories. I am very grateful for Magnus Chase, a character I once upon a time called a cheap Percy Jackson knock-off, but who is actually a great character in his own right.I love these kids.
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  • Marnie Krüger
    January 1, 1970
    What an epic way to end 2017!I basically read the entire day - forgetting to eat and sometimes even breath!Yesterday I challenged myself to finish this series before the end of 2017, and like T.J. jr. I do not let challenges pass me by. I must say Rick did make it easy for me to keep to my self-implicated challenge. This adventure was so epic, on-the-edge-of-my-seat, I couldn't put the book down. I just had to know what will happen next, where will our heroes end up and - more importantly - how What an epic way to end 2017!I basically read the entire day - forgetting to eat and sometimes even breath!Yesterday I challenged myself to finish this series before the end of 2017, and like T.J. jr. I do not let challenges pass me by. I must say Rick did make it easy for me to keep to my self-implicated challenge. This adventure was so epic, on-the-edge-of-my-seat, I couldn't put the book down. I just had to know what will happen next, where will our heroes end up and - more importantly - how will they extract themselves form the doom they are facing.Not only did I immensely enjoy this book - and series - but also did I learn a great deal about Norse mythology. I think that's the best thing about any of Rick's works; you learn so much and you truly enjoy learning!What a great read to end the year of 2017 with!
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  • Rachel Elizabeth Dare
    January 1, 1970
    ( 12. November.2016)MAGNUS IS MEETING PERCY!!!!Wait, there's no book cover.............. what's the publishing date? *checks the date.**dies.* (5.May.2017)Oh My Gods! THE BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL COVER IS HEREEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!(!!!!!!!) (28 September 2017)OMyGods (Of the Greek/Roman, Egyptian and Norse variety) This Sunday........it's releasing this Sunday........I NEED ALEX+MAGNUS TO COME TRUE PLUS #BLITZSTONE!!!!!!! (8 January 2018).....I don't know what to say.The book was nice and all, but it ( 12. November.2016)MAGNUS IS MEETING PERCY!!!!Wait, there's no book cover.............. what's the publishing date? *checks the date.**dies.* (5.May.2017)Oh My Gods! THE BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL COVER IS HEREEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!(!!!!!!!) (28 September 2017)OMyGods (Of the Greek/Roman, Egyptian and Norse variety) This Sunday........it's releasing this Sunday........I NEED ALEX+MAGNUS TO COME TRUE PLUS #BLITZSTONE!!!!!!! (8 January 2018).....I don't know what to say.The book was nice and all, but it didn't really get to the level the first two got to, and the one I expected of it. The ending didn't match up to all the suspense built up in the book and the previous books. Magnus meeting Percy was kind of a disappointment and the ending was really 'meh'. The book didn't really get to me the same way the others did, I mean, after reading Sword of Summer, I went crazy looking for a sequel and then I went even crazier because the sequel was coming out a whole year later. After finally getting my hands on Hammer of Thor, the wait was worth it. I waited for the last one with the hope that this would be even more awesome than the first two, but with the sure-fire belief that it would be amazing, even if it wasn't better than the previous ones, but matching up to them instead. With this book, I didn't bother even checking if there was going to be a sequel.The final battle with Loki was long awaited and I had no doubt that the ending was going to be something I could have never dreamt of. Instead, both the battle and the ending seemed kind of cliche and boring. The only not-so-horrible part of the ending was Magnus' speech during the flyting. It was beautifully written but I was still disappointed. All in all, the wait was most certainly not worth it.
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  • *Thea 'WookieMama' Wilson*
    January 1, 1970
    Wow.... Rick Riordan strikes again with another outstanding adventure with Magnus Chase!This book is a genuine gem and stuffed full of humour that I got some really odd looks from my hubby while giggling over it like a mad woman but you can't help but giggle at and fall a little in love with Magnus and his mental escapades.Now, I haven't read the Percy Jackson books yet, yes I know it's my bad and I will read eventually, so I can't really say how these compare to those original Riordan adventure Wow.... Rick Riordan strikes again with another outstanding adventure with Magnus Chase!This book is a genuine gem and stuffed full of humour that I got some really odd looks from my hubby while giggling over it like a mad woman but you can't help but giggle at and fall a little in love with Magnus and his mental escapades.Now, I haven't read the Percy Jackson books yet, yes I know it's my bad and I will read eventually, so I can't really say how these compare to those original Riordan adventures but I can say that these Norse based tales are brilliant, he twists those Norse Myths to fit his story and his crew of diverse and vivid characters. The world building is impeccable with all that wealth of legend behind it and Riordan's knack for pacing is just fabulous.All in all The Ship Of The Dead is a wonderful, funny and exciting inclusion to the Magnus Chase series..... hurry up and write more soon Mr Riordan!
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  • - ̗̀ jess ̖́-
    January 1, 1970
    Y'all I am going to fucking go nuts. Disclaimer: when I am excited about a book, I can be careless about tossing out the spoilers, so read with discretion. The Ship of the Dead, for the most part, was a wonderful and satisfying conclusion to the Magnus Chase series. I've just reread the series, and I really do love these books a lot; they're wonderful and packed with your usual Riordan-like adventure formula, and the characters are all solid and well-developed. While the plot follows more-or-les Y'all I am going to fucking go nuts. Disclaimer: when I am excited about a book, I can be careless about tossing out the spoilers, so read with discretion. The Ship of the Dead, for the most part, was a wonderful and satisfying conclusion to the Magnus Chase series. I've just reread the series, and I really do love these books a lot; they're wonderful and packed with your usual Riordan-like adventure formula, and the characters are all solid and well-developed. While the plot follows more-or-less the same plotline that literally every other Riordan book has, it still remains relatively fresh. I think for this book what really stood out to me was the characters. Previous books focused on the empty cups gang: Hearthstone, Blitzen, and Samirah. This shifts the focus to Magnus's einherjar friends from floor 19: Thomas Jefferson Jr., Mallory Keen, Halfborn Gunderson, and Alex Fierro. The Empty Cups/Floor 19 gang really steal the show and are perhaps the most precious gang to ever appear in literature (rivalling Riordan's other precious gang, The Seven (+ Reyna and Nico). The Ship of the Dead tells their stories, signalling how close they've become since Magnus has arrived on the scene. And I loved the focus on them: hearing about all the stories of Floor 19 was great, because we know them, but we didn't really know them until this book. They all had their stories, which tied into each other, made them closer, and developed their characters even more. I think T.J. emerged as one of my favourite characters? He's so precious and happy, and he cares so, so so much. Mallory and Halfborn were also so good, and all of them had pasts that made my heart ache and feel warm and fuzzy. And of course, Alex Fierro continues to be a complete standout in pink and green. We got more insight into her character, and who she is, which I loved. (view spoiler)[I would have wanted to know more about the rest of Floor 19, because all their stories were so interesting. Halfborn and his invasion with Ivan the Boneless; Mallory Keen and what she experienced in the 1970s with the IRA; T.J. and his experience in the Civil War. There is so much I want to hear about their pasts, and I really wish we got more. I also want to know who Adrian is; Alex mentions that they committed suicide, and we got no follow-up on that. I know we can't get everything about all the Floor 19 crew, but dammit, I LOVE THEM. (hide spoiler)]As for the romance: before I start on my favourite, let me talk about Percabeth - which, okay, listen, I read this a couple weeks ago and I shit you not I was in tears over how cute they are; Percabeth is LITERALLY EVERYTHING TO ME. (I love how Alex mentions how cute they are. I'm with you, Alex.) Sam and Amir. (view spoiler)[I loved them as well; they were adorable as well. (Alex also mentions he has been chaperoning the two, and that they are cute. I am with him on this one as well.) Amir said "I love you," and I may have squealed a bit. (hide spoiler)] And now, the Fierrochase. (view spoiler)[HOLY MOTHER OF ODIN, OR WHATEVER NORSE CURSES. THEY WERE SO FUCKING ADORABLE. Like, they spent so much time flirting? Magnus kept getting flustered around her and it was so cute I think my teeth fucking eroded away. And I may have screamed a bit when Alex kissed him because she didn't want to die without doing that? I am so happy about the Fierrochase. I love them. So much. That I'm sort of incoherent. And yay, Magnus is confirmed pansexual I love this song. (hide spoiler)]Some miscellaneous things I want to talk about:(view spoiler)[- Hearth and the scene with his brother made me cry. I admit it. I actually cried. Hearth makes me cry. All these fucking characters make me cry. Like I said, precious. - Magnus is ... such a dork. Yeah, he has a dry sense of humor, but he's an absolute softie and gets beaten around by his friends in such a loving way. The dynamic with Magnus and the rest of his friends is so hilarious - yes, it's vicious, and they bicker a lot, but it's friendly, and they all realy love each other. - The non-binary, two-faced, ceramic giant named Pottery Barn that used they/them pronouns. That's all. - Actually, that's not all. It was a hoot. Pottery Barn stole the scene; they were hilarious, and they kicked ass, and their name was POTTERY BARN. It's so fucking Riordan - outlandish, funny, borderline embarrassing, and wholly endearing. - You know how I made fun of Magnus being an atheist last time? Apparently, being in a pagan afterlife made him even more cemented in his atheism ... which I found ... quite hilarious (but understandable). You are literally. In a pagan. Afterlife. How. Are. You. An. Atheist. - On the other hand, it's balanced out by Sam and how devout she is - like Magnus, I admire her so, so much, and wish I had that much conviction in my faith (though I consider myself to be a Christian, or at least I want to be). Also, is it bad that one of the few times I really felt conviction in my own faith in God to be spoken by a Muslim in a book about pagan gods? Is it? ("God is greater than whatever you are facing - your fears, your problems, your thirst, your hunger, your anger.")- The characters ski. This isn't really of any importance to anyone, except for the fact that I am a skiier and skiing is one of the few things that make me feel alive, and I really love skiing. - The whole climax of the book made me hurt so much for Magnus, and then it made me almost cry again, because guys, MAGNUS LOVES HIS FRIENDS SO MUCH. These guys. Precious. - Rick Riordan has referenced memes before and if he referenced a Shrek meme I will personally challenge him to a fucking flyting- If I do not see more of Magnus Chase in the future ... it's flyting time. - I have said this, but. They are all precious and I love this crew so, so much. (hide spoiler)]Some disappointments (I have disappointments in a Riordan book? GASP):(view spoiler)[- Okay, the big one: I have to admit I feel cheated and a bit angry (not just har har I hate him so much for ruining my life, these fucking cliffhangers, but real angry) that Blitzstone was never confirmed. It honestly feels like queerbaiting to me, which is really disappointing because I trusted him. And yeah, they're practically married, neither of them have love interests and indeed seem to reject people who come onto them except for each other, but still? Blitz wore a green carnation in the first book which is a symbol of homosexuality? They're suuuper queer coded? And it just makes me confused and disappointed because, like, Rick normally has no qualms with queer characters? Hey Rick, WHY?- Percy Jackson being the cliffhanger of the last book but literally only appearing in two chapters this book. Gonna be honest, it felt super, super cheap to me, like he was using Percy as bait to get readers to the book (which he did not need, because goddammit, some of us are fucking whipped for him - I have FIVE COPIES of The Lightning Thief, and by this time next year, I will probably have seven. I really don't mind Percy and Annabeth appearing in these books - I'm a sucker for more Percy, but I'm pissed that he ended with a cliffhanger for Percy and literally. Two. Chapters. I mean. He does this *cough Grover and Leo in ToA* but this was particularly bait-y. - That ending. What the fuck Rick. I don't know if it's a "disappointment" per se but I'm including it here because WHAT THE FUCK RICK? WHAT WAS THAT? WHY???????? Part of this is related to the above - this is Magnus's series, why did you have to drag a cliffhanger from ToA here? The other part of this is just I'M FUCKING ANGRY, THESE FUCKING CLIFFHANGERS, WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME, YOU ARE RUINING MY LIFE, I STILL HAVEN'T FORGIVEN HIM FOR MARK OF ATHENA ETC ETC. MOTHERFUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (hide spoiler)]Anyway. These are a series of disjointed, jumbled, frantic thoughts that do not claim to be a proper review. All in all, I think this was a wonderful series and I loved reading about Magnus Chase, his friends, and his adventures as an einherji. Rick Riordan is truly a myth master, and now it is time for me to go into hibernation until the next book.
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  • Nico
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished Book 2 (Hammer of Thor) in one sitting last night. Maybe a bad idea in retrospect, but after about 5 or so hours of inappropriate squealing every time two certain characters interacted, I think it's time a little #Blitzstone became canon in this book...Uncle Rick, don't let 98% of the Magnus Chase fandom down
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