In Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor we follow Magnus and his friends as they once again try to stop Ragnarök from happening. This time they have to retrieve Thor’s lost hammer Mjölnir to stop the Giants from invading Midgard and also stop Samirah’s wedding with a giant. No biggie, right?
I absolutely love it! I just love the way Riordan weaves ancient myths and the modern world together, and this book does it exceptionally well again. In a way the myth he picked up for this book is pretty obvious, at least in hindsight I feel like I should have been able to guess what myth he would go with. But as familiar as the backbone of the story was, Riordan managed to put a unique twist to it that kept the myth recognisable while being different enough to keep the story interesting.
I loved the introduction of Alex Fierro. A genderfluid character in a mainstream children’s book? Sign. me. up. The way everyone around her (she goes by female pronouns unless she feels otherwise) pretty much accepted her without problem was just amazing. I’m looking forward to seeing more of her in the next book!
There were two things I find mildly annoying the more I think about them. First of all, it seems like almost every single Norse god we get to meet so far is the most ridiculous caricature of the gods Riordan could come up with. I enjoy the humour, I really do, but there’s a point where it is enough. It would still be a funny story if more of the gods were actually serious, but it just doesn’t seem to happen. A few more serious characters won’t kill the stories. We don’t have to laugh about every single god we meet because he’s such a caricature of what we expect. After a while it starts to get boring.
The other thing is Percy Jackson. I love Percy, and I get why it makes sense to bring him into the story, but does Riordan really have to? Even if he plays a really minor role in the plot of the next book, I’m not exactly fond of making him a part of the story again. (In fact, one of the things I loved about The Hidden Oracle was how Riordan kind of self-ironically made Apollo keep thinking about asking for Percy’s help.)
★★★★★ (5 Stars)
Publication Date: 4 October 2016
Page Count: 528
Genre: Children’s book, Middle Grade, Mythology, Fantasy
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.