Book Review: The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)

Posted June 23, 2016 by booksbeautyandcoffee in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

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Book Review: The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)Title: The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney - Hyperion Books
Published: October 6th 2015
Pages: 499

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

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

My Review

It’s official, Rick Riordan books are the perfect combination of hilarious and action packed. Whenever I get in a reading slump, but I know that I don’t want to read some cheesy romantic contemporary, I’ll always turn to Riordan to help. That’s pretty much how I got obsessed with The Percy Jackson series, and now it’s probably going to be the Heroes of Olympus one after this. I can’t help it, I’m in love with these books that mix the world of Gods and the ‘Human’ world as well.

And worse than that? Yes, there is something worse than the total agony of being in love.


I’m in love with this new world of Norse Gods and the second book doesn’t come out for what feels like forever. Okay, maybe I’m being dramatic, I think it’s more like October, but that feels like a solid million months away and I need to know what happens now.

I loved Magnus, he’s hilarious and honestly just adorable, but I have to say, when I saw that Loki was in this, I kind of freaked out. I should’ve known that my two favorite losers of Asgard would be in this thing, buuuut that didn’t stop the fangirling. Granted, they don’t get along in this one, because it’s based on the actual stories of them, but I can pretend the hate isn’t as strong.


I was low key (see what I did there? eh? eh??) hoping that Loki was going to be Magnus’s father, just because that would be a pretty good plot twist at the beginning, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be. But that didn’t stop me from seeing my favorite little shit several times throughout the book.


Anyways, now that my semi embarrassing Loki fangirl session has concluded, lets get to the actual book.

The plot, as with any book I’ve read by Rick Riordan, is amazing and seamless. It’s like Rick is the God of writing himself, I’m assuming that’s probably a God somewhere in some story, and I can’t help but fall into any story he tells. The dialogue is always the perfect mix of explaining what the heck is going down, and humor that makes it not seem like an info dump kind of story. I think if anyone else tried to pull off writing about mythology this many times, in 500 page books, it would probably feel really info dumpy… that sounds weird  but Rick’s stories never give me those vibes.

I also just realized, that this book had almost no romance, and I was still super invested. Again, only something Rick could make happen. I’m really big on at least some kind of romance in stories, because I’m needy and I love the angst of it all, but I didn’t feel like this story needed it.

So basically, end game, Rick Riordan came out with yet another super amazing story, and now I’m waiting with baited breath for the next one. I need it. *grabby hands*

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

My Rating

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  • It looks like such a great book. I’ve been wanting to read Magnus Chase for such a long time. Great review!

  • Your GIFs are perfect but it hurts to laugh because of an ab class that killed me two days later BUT I’M SECRETLY LAUGHING MY ASS OFF INSIDE – and high five for fangirling. I FEEL THE SAME!
    Your review is so accurate and perfectly worded for how I felt about this, except you got the title right (I still call it the Magnus Bane Chase book. *ahem*
    I swear I know my fandoms.

    • Olivia

      hahahahah, I HAD to use that Tom gif, I mean, I couldn’t NOT use that one, it’s perfection! Olivia is the name, fangirling is the game 😉

      omg I called it Magnus Bane so many times, but I finally got it through my head when I connected him and Annabeth together in this book! Idk why it didn’t click for me, considering their last name: CHASE.


      • AHA oh gosh, Liam Neeson looks like an uncle I never had and I don’t know why. NONE of my uncles look like him but he’s just an uncle kind of guy.
        And not U.N.C.L.E – just “uncle”.
        To be honest, I’m not even sure where Magnus Bane came from because I never had that issue of confusion UNTIL TONIGHT! whaaaaaaaaaat?! *twilight themesong*