BOOK REVIEW | MAGNUS CHASE AND THE HAMMER OF THOR, BY RICK RIORDAN

Title: Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor

Author: Rick Riordan

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Genres: Fantasy

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Penguin Random House NZ to review.

Star rating:★★★

Summary: 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.

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this review includes no spoilers for either the sword of summer or the hammer of thor.

so i read this book while listening to the audiobook (as it’s something i’m trying to get into). i read (/listened?) to this book in less than a day and thoroughly enjoyed it. although i liked it, i think having listened to it did impact my final thoughts on the book.

i finished the sword of summer the day before reading the hammer of thor and can confidently say that this book is way better. the sword of summer had so many pointless bits that felt so irrelevant to the actual plot and seemed to drag on forever. the hammer of thor, however, didn’t go through every little thing. the events (those little quest points?) actually felt necessary to the story.

the plot was also a lot better in this book as a whole. the first one didn’t seem that great and i didn’t feel the urgency as with this one. in the hammer of thor, the ending actually felt real. anyway, even though i was listening to the audiobook whilst reading it, i definitely noticed how fast paced it was (whereas the sword of summer was rather slow).

one of the most important things in riordan’s books is his increasing amount of diverse characters. rick riordan continues to amaze me with his inclusion and the research he’s done to get the rep right. he doesn’t hide away and pretend to not notice the calls for diversity, he embraces it head on.

i thought the sword of summer was great for including a muslim character and a deaf guy. the hammer of thor includes a new character, alex, who’s transgender and genderfluid. honestly, i was so surprised. i think this is the first book i’ve read including a transgender and genderfluid character. and riordan used alternating she/he pronouns throughout the book, depending on how alex identified at that time.

i love how hearth wasn’t pushed aside as some background character because he couldn’t hear. i love how magnus and blitz learned sign language so they could communicate, and how the others eventually learned it too. i love how hearth isn’t “magically cured” even when he’s offered a chance to. he may be disabled, but that doesn’t make him any less of a hero.

you can include a talking sword, why not diverse characters too?

i loved how there was no (hardly any) romance in this book. it’s one thing i can always count on from rick riordan. i want to be able to read a book and not have an annoying romantic subplot get in the way. although, i won’t be mad if magnus and alex become a thing. (it’s kinda hinted at with all the stares and jaw drops).

i never actually mentioned this, but i love magnus and his humour. where the trials of apollo was so similar to percy in terms of humor, magnus is different. you can tell he’s his own character.

anyway, i really enjoyed this book. admittedly, not as much as i’d have hoped to but it was still good.

thank you penguin random house nz for sending me a review copy of the hammer of thor.

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