Goodreads: Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, 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’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
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.
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die…
This was a solid start to a new series. I always find Rick Riordan’s books fun and enjoyable. I’m not as familiar with Norse mythology as I am with Roman, Greek, and Egyptian, so it was really fun learning about the gods and other creatures. This was full of Riordan’s usual sarcasm and humor, I actually laughed out loud a few times.
I kind of found this a bit more mature than Percy Jackson and the Olympians, probably because Magnus was sixteen instead of eleven like Percy was. I thought the references from PJO were awesome. Magnus has a personality very similar to Percy’s and it made me nostalgic.
Although I enjoyed the book, I feel like it could have been 100 pages shorter because the plot did drag at times.