Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan Review

Of course, when Rick Riordan has a book out you know that I had it preordered and started reading it as soon as possible. Anyway, it is time for a review.


The Story

Rick Riordan’s Norse hero faces his greatest challenge yet in the final instalment of the series.

Loki the trickster god is free from his chains. Now he’s readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, armed with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Norse gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It’s up to Magnus Chase and his friends to stop Loki’s plans, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it’s ready to sail on Midsummer’s Day.

Along the way, they will face angry sea gods, hostile giants, and an evil fire-breathing dragon who happens to be a former acquaintance. But Magnus’s biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons. To defeat Loki, Magnus will need to use words, not force. This will require finding a magical elixir so deadly that it will either make Magnus Chase powerful enough to out-talk the silver-tongued Loki, or destroy Magnus utterly.

Taken from goodreads

The writing in this book is what makes it so amazing, every little thing has been described with enough detail so that you are able to imagine the setting that Rick Riordan wants you to think of and his descriptions of the characters are brilliant as well. This is without a doubt one of the funniest books I have read by Rick Riordan and it is what made me keep coming back to the book. I could be busy with work and all I would think of is getting home and reading this book.

The book has a hidden meaning and it has got nothing to do with Norse Mythology, the hidden messaged is based around different genders and sexualities. One of the main characters is Alex Fierro who is genderfluid which means they don’t have a fixed gender, some days they might identify as a boy where they would like the pronouns him and he and other days they might identify as a girl and would like the pronouns to be her and she. I think the addition of this character is brilliant as the target audience for the book is young adults and having this explained to them like the book does is brilliant.

One theory being thrown around is that Magnus Chase – the main character –  is in fact pansexual due to how he feels about Alex. It doesn’t matter if Alex is identifying as a boy or girl Magnus still has feelings for them hence why people seem to think Magnus is pansexual. I do support this theory as I did think it a few times while reading the book.

The one and only downside to this book is the ending, I didn’t know that this was only going to be a trilogy series but when I found out I was hoping for a great ending, but we didn’t get anything of the sort. It felt like they were about to start another journey and then Rick Riordan just stopped writing. I normally like the endings to his book but this one is just lack luster.

Yes, read this book as it does have good parts throughout the book and has a great message for people struggling with similar problems, but the ending is bad and does puta little bit of a sour taste about the whole series.

Aaron Morrsi


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