With an epic plot, diverse characters, and humorous jokes, this book is a page-turner. It's a combination of myth, action and wry sarcasm, perfect for readers hungry for a new hit of that Percy-Jackson type magic.
Published in 2015, Rick Riordan’s The Sword of Summer follows sixteen-year-old Magnus Chase, a kid who has always had a troubled life. Since his mother was mauled by wolves one day, 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 is tracked down by a man he's never met, who turned out to be his uncle. Magnus' mother claimed that his uncle was dangerous after they endured a major family dispute. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god named Frey. 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. After this decision, he ends up dead and he gets picked up by a Valkyrie who takes him to the halls of Valhalla, where only people who died in battle can go for their afterlives. Seers determine Magnus is a child of the god Frey and claim that, because he was incorrectly chosen as a hero, Magnus cannot reside in Valhalla. They state that some momentous event will occur in nine days, ominously sharing that the Sword of Summer will unbind a beast. Samirah the Valkyrie, banished for choosing Magnus, urges him to locate the sword. Magnus meets the god Loki, who tells Magnus that Surt, the fire demon, is still alive and is attempting to hasten Ragnarok. Surt will release the wolf Fenris unless Magnus can stop him. With his friends, Samirah, Blitzen and Hearthstone, will Magnus be able to stop Ragnarok from beginning? Will he retrieve the Sword of Summer, and be able to talk to his father? This book brings you along for Magnus' thrilling adventure. It is a highly entertaining tongue-in-cheek romp. Magnus is a witty and admirable teen who proves himself worthy of redemption. Overall, this book was incredible and truly deserves recognition. It is an interesting book indeed.