Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
5/5 stars 🌟
“Could you do a glamour and turn into something smaller?” I asked it. “Preferably not a chain, since it’s no longer the 1990s?”
The sword didn’t reply (duh), but I imagined it was humming at a more interrogative pitch, like, Such as what?
“I dunno. Something pocket-size and innocuous. A pen, maybe?”
The sword pulsed, almost like it was laughing. I imagined it saying, A pen sword. That is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.
Love that quote.
Annabeth cameo in the very beginning. Wonderful to see her, as always.
Inclusive of Samirah al-Abbas as a Muslim female, nickname Sam, who has a magical hijab! Coolest. She is incredible. She wants to be a pilot. She’s in an arranged marriage with someone she loves. There are so many positive aspects of her religion incorporated into the story that should be like, well yeah, of course Muslims are wonderful individuals, but unfortunately, this type of representation is not common enough. Riordan is so good at representing different cultures, ethnicities, religions, disabilities, non-heteronormativity, etc.
I adore Magnus. More than Percy 😱 and I will offer no apologies. He’s golden. His sarcasm and snark is 100% magical. He has a humorous retort for everything. Everything! He starts off as homeless kid who has been living on the streets for two years. Riordan manages to include so many societal “others”—that’s a good expression for more than I included above—and I can never get enough of it.
I cannot wait to continue on with this series. I’m already hopelessly obsessed. I look forward to the rest of Magnus Chase’s adventures.
— If you could be best friends with a Norse god, who would you want to have your back?