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Book Review: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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Editor’s Note: The second part of this review contains spoilers.

 

Ok first of all, can I just say wow. Rick Riordan never ceases to amaze when he picks up the pen and this is no exception. In Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer, you follow the story of 16-year-old Magnus Chase, cousin of Annabeth Chase, in Boston where he has been homeless for the past 2 years that his mother has been dead. The story consists of this witty young teenager who will crack a joke in front of gods, giants, and enemies who would not hesitate to decapitate him. He makes unusual friends on his journey to save the world from the monster that ordered his mother’s death. Sound interesting enough yet?

With hilarious chapter names such as; Do Not Call Me Beantown. Like, Ever. and Thou Shalt Not Poop On The Head Of Art, along with Magnus’ witty comments and sarcastic remarks, this book has no lack of humor. Not only is this book something that will leave your side aching from laughter, but it will also leave you on the edge of your seat, begging for more. The fast paced action balances the humor and serious tone of the book which, although sounds like a horrible combo, actually makes this book amazing.

Watching Magnus face challenge after challenge, accepting his fate, and letting go of his past will leave you satisfied with the progression and wanting more than ever to read the second book of the series.

***SPOILERS***

Last, but not least, I decided that a paragraph had to be dedicated to Sumarbrander, The Sword of Summer, also known as Jack. Jack is Magnus’ sword which he used his first act of magic to receive and revive from the bottom of a river. Now at first it seems just like a magic sword. Except that it’s, oh I don’t know, ALIVE! Jack has a conscience and can talk. Now when I saw the sword could talk, I nearly fainted. When I noticed the sword was sassy as Rick Riordan himself, I almost cried. When I saw the sword was conceited as Leo Valdez, the tears fell. When the sword spoke Spanish, I dropped the book. Jack is by far one of my favorite installments to this book. He lightens up the story (pun intended) is sharp  as can be (pun intended) and is quick on his feet. (errr hilt?)

***END SPOILERS***

All in all, this book gets a 10/10

 

 

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