Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan Review

This is a book I have wanted to read since the day it was released but as I was stupid I sent it to my home instead of where I lived at uni, so I had to wait over a month to get the chance to read this. However I have finished the book so time for the review.



Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.

Taken from Goodreads

My Opinion

It has been a while since I read the first book in the series, so I had forgotten quite a lot of what happened, which meant I had to read a synopsis of the last book to jog my memory. But when I had finished and started to read this book everything seemed to come back to me all at once and it felt good to be able to get back into a Rick Riordan book again. There is something about Rick Riordan writing that I just can’t seem to get enough off.

I have never been so thankful for a glossary in all my life till I read this book, I don’t know as much as about Norse mythology as I do Greek and Roman so remembering all the names and places was difficult and being able to pronounce them was even worse but thanks to the glossary I was able to keep up.

I loved the writing in this book, it managed to take me back to when I was first reading through the Percy Jackson books and loving every second and give me the same feeling while reading through this one. I did the majority of the reading on the train from home back to university and I almost missed my stop as I wanted to finish the chapter before getting of the train. I just got engrossed in the book that much, I normally listen to music while reading on the train but no earphones where needed while reading this as nothing was distracting me. Everything in this book is described to perfection and makes being able to imagine everything from the giants to the nine worlds so easily it makes you feel as if you are actually there.

The read went pretty quickly in my opinion as I felt like the 471 pages felt like 300 if not less, which to me show just how quickly you get engrossed in the book and just don’t want it to end.

One thing I have got to say about this book is how it helps people understand what genderfluid people go through on a daily basis. How they don’t feel comfortable being just one gender as they feel like they belong with both but not at the same time. It also helps people understand the reason why they use different pronouns for themselves. Alex says she/he prefers the he and she pronouns but only when she is that specific gender but she knows people who prefer they and them. I think Rick Riordan is on a role with helping younger people understand the different types of people such as the gender fluid in the Magnus Chase series and in the Trails of Apollo with gay and bisexual people. With the way he is writing it helps show people just because you dont feel normal doesnt mean you aren’t.

If you read the first book, then I recommend you read this one as for me it just adds to the story so much and makes you want the third book right away. Unfortunately, we have got to wait till sometime in October next year for its release.


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