Book Review – The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan



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

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

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

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


My Review
5 out of 5 stars

It was so great diving back into the Riordanverse with another great series. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this series featuring Norse mythology since it took me a little bit to get into the Kane Chronicles (Egyptian mythology), but I absolutely loved this book.

I fell for Magnus right away. He was a good kid who was dealing with some sad circumstances. I loved his humor and sarcasm. There are a couple characters in this book that you aren’t sure if you can trust or not. I loved that because it added a bit of suspense and intrigue to the book. It really made you want to finish as quickly as possible so you could see how everything turned out. I really enjoyed meeting Magnus’ friends, Blitzen and Hearth, and eventually Sam as well. They each contributed to the story in their own way and I love them all so much!

It was fun seeing Riordan’s take on Loki and Thor. I’m looking forward to seeing more of them throughout the rest of the series. I enjoyed learning more about Norse mythology since I didn’t really know anything at all about it before reading this book.

I can’t wait to read the next book to see where the story goes from here.

5 thoughts on “Book Review – The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

      1. Me too! I’ve also read The Red Pyramid and – I’m blanking on the next title – it’s really good too! There are so many characters Riordan has come up with that I want to read about!

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