And the Gods of Asgard:
The Sword of Summer
By Rick Riordan
This is the opening paragraph: “Yeah, I know. You guys are going to read about how I died in agony, and you’re going be like, “Wow! That sounds cool, Magnus! Can I die in agony too?”
Magnus dies retrieving the Sword of Summer and checks into the Hotel Valhalla where the slain heros go as guests of Odin. He is an einherjar, one of the soldiers in Odin’s eternal army. This is when his adventure begins. He must retie the wolf and keep the Sword of Summer from Surt who would bring about the end of the world is he were able to get the sword.
It is the relationships of Magnus that keep the story rolling along. I enjoyed the bigger than myth aspects of Valhalla that the author develops as part of the story. Magnus makes friends and finds his old friends from life to help him on his quest
After his mother dies, Magnus is left along and becomes homeless. He is befriended by two characters, one is deaf. They are sent to guard him and keep him safe, but they fail and he still ends up being taken to Valhalla by Sam the Valkyrie after he dies on the bridge defending his friends.
His quest takes him on many adventures with his relatives because his dad is one of the gods of the nine worlds. As the worlds are developed in the story they add settings and other characters to this tale. The rules of this world are a little confusing, but since this is the first book of the series we can cut the author some slack. All in all the story moves along briskly, the dialogue is realistic, and the settings draw the reader in. I enjoyed it and I would recommend it for the reader seeking adventure.
Magnus has a successful quest. He and his friends are given wonderful awards and privileges in the nine worlds by Odin, the all father.
I give it a five out of five.
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