Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer

The blurb is here, people! The. Blurb. Is. Here!

Okay, so maybe I might have been a little late at posting this, considering I don’t really know when Goodreads or Uncle Rick have posted the blurb exactly. I mean, I hardly see Rick Riordan’s tweets on Twitter because it’s buried underneath the tweets of the other people I follow. (Is there a priority thing in Twitter where we can get notification if someone tweeted something?) And I can’t seem to follow his blog…oh wait. I think I can do that here in WordPress……….Oh, yay! Now I’m following Uncle Rick’s blog.

But anyway, I didn’t know how to follow his blog until now so I had no idea at all. But it’s here. And I might as well talk about it because it’s an upcoming Rick Riordan book and I can’t contain my excitement already!

So here’s the blurb from 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 . . .

Okay, so I’ll break down my initial reaction after first reading the blurb paragraph by paragraph.

  1. Magnus sounds like a combination of Harry Potter and a modern Aladdin.
    I mean, he’s a troubled kid, his mother is dead, he lives in the streets while running from the authorities. And you can see Rick Riordan’s take on the terrible awful that happens to kids related to gods–dealing with reality and mythology before hitting puberty. It’s in Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Heroes of Olympus, and The Kane Chronicles.
  2. Chiron + Amos = Norse version of Chiron and Amos combined
    The newsbearer, only unlike Chiron and Amos, this guy is supposedly dangerous. Who is he, I wonder?
  3. Ragnarok
    Come on, even in the other series they weren’t dealing with the end of the world until the last installment. However…having the end of the world dealt at the first book might be more exciting since I’ll be even more curious as to what happens in the succeeding installments.
  4. Pure Uncle Rick Formula straight from Percy Jackson and the Olympians
    Of course. The kid(s) must choose between being selfish and a coward or save the world and we all know what he/she/they will choose right?
  5. This [paragraph] is terrifying and scary.
    This one single line had me terrified than the rest of the four paragraphs of the blurb combined. Memories of reading that final moment in the Heroes of Olympus played back in my mind and I was scared. It’s still the first installment, Uncle Rick!

Anyway, whatever will happen, I will definitely be reading this book. I mean, it’s Rick Riordan’s book for Pete’s sake! And it’s about Norse Mythology. I have not read anything about Norse mythology (and I have barely watched Thor) so I’m expecting brief explanations about the gods. And I find that exciting since it’s like reading The Lightning Thief all over again when my knowledge of Greek mythology prior to reading the book was our Solar System. Seriously.


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