“Magnus Chase, you nearly started Ragnarok. What are you going to do next?”
It’s been six weeks since Magnus and his friends returned from defeating Fenris Wolf and the fire giants. Magnus has adjusted to life at the Hotel Valhalla—as much as a once-homeless and previously alive kid can. As a son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus doesn’t exactly fit in with the rest of Odin’s chosen warriors, but he has a few good peeps among his hallmates on floor nineteen, and he’s been dutifully training for Ragnarok along with everyone else. His days have settled into a new kind of normal.
But Magnus should have known there’s no such thing as normal in the Nine Worlds. His friends Hearthstone and Blitzen have disappeared. A new hallmate is creating chaos. According to a very nervous goat, a certain object belonging to Thor is still missing, and the thunder god’s enemies will stop at nothing to gain control of it.
Time to summon Jack, the Sword of Summer, and take action. Too bad the only action Jack seems to be interested in is dates with other magical weapons. . . .
Like all of Riordan’s books, I love the fun and slightly silly nature of this. And I also love all the characters – especially the addition of Alex!
This felt a little more formulaic, in that I knew how it must end, but I didn’t find that hampering my enjoyment too dreadfully!
My main niggle is the Magnus doesn’t feel different enough to Percy – especially with the useful but creepy dreams at all times.
However, the diversity of the characters is brilliant. I love Sam, and ship Sam and Amir SO HARD. I love that Alex is gender fluid and I’m also beginning to ship Alex and Magnus a little – I have high hopes for book three on this one. And Blitz is continually awesome. But oh my heart, Hearth in this one! 💙 I’m with Magnus about his dad. And Jack provides some lighter moments nicely.
I also listened to this again, and while I was surprised to find the narrator had changed, the guy reading this book was excellent.
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