I’ve just had the pleasure of reading the latest bookin Rick Riordan’s Norse series Magnus Chase And The Gods Of Asgard, The Hammer Of Thor.
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.
Picking up 6 weeks after the end of The Sword Of Summer, the story reunites us with Magnus and his friends as they must once again act to save something precious to the Gods, who as usual seem to be inept at handling their own issues (stuck the same way forever, never being able to grow or develop). Magnus goes through a personal journey in this book, and it’s excellent to read and experience. Samira remains an entertaining presence, as does Blitzen. We are introduced to a new character, another child of Loki named Alex, who is one of the most compelling and complex characters Rick has ever written about – and who may be catching our Magnus’s eye (we can hope). It was also wonderful to be reconnected with Hearthstone, my favourite character from the first book, and to learn more about him. There’s also plenty of fun with the Gods and Goddesses from the previous book, as well as a few new and eagerly anticipated ones thrown in too.
It was an excellent book with a gripping plot full of twists and turns, and plenty of character development that makes you fall more in love with everyone the more you read. I absoluutely cannot wait to read the next book, Magnus Chase And The Ship Of The Dead. I defintiely recommend this series, as well as all of Riordan’s works.
Thanks for reading.