Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard is a Norse Mythology reimagining by Rick Riordan. This trilogy is an absolute must-read for fans of Percy Jackson.
I will note, this series strays a lot closer to the original mythology than the MCU. So, Thor is most certainly not our lovely Chris Hemsworth in this series. Personally, I didn’t know much about Norse mythology before reading this series, but Rick Riordan does an amazing job of making each series enjoyable on its own while still teaching you a bit along the way.
Should You Read Percy Jackson First?
For this, series, I do recommend reading Percy Jackson first. But, it is totally fine as a standalone as well if you do not want to read this series yet.
If you don’t decide to read Percy Jackson first, you may miss out on some of the Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase mentions. Most of Rick Riordan’s books are similar to the Arrow/Supergirl or Sabrina/Riverdale stuff, where you get the most out of it if you read everything together, or at least in publication order.
The Kane Chronicles are not added in hardly ever, but this series is a great read and rather short so I definitely recommend giving it a read either way.
The Sword of Summer Summary
Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and truant officers.
One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands years.
The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place. Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus’s memory. But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents. . . .
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.
Books in Order
- The Sword of Summer
- The Hammer of Thor
- The Ship of the Dead
- 9 from the Nine Worlds (compendium short stories)
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