Review: The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase #2)
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2
Also in this series: The Sword of Summer
Released by Disney, Hyperion on 4 October 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology
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.
When a raven told me Rick Riordan was writing a series about the Norse Gods, my excitement went through the roof. I have always loved mythology, but lately, I had been leaning more towards the Norse one, partly because of the Thor movies. So when my favourite mythology author announced Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard I of course immediately ordered a hardcover copy of the first book.
A year later, book two The Hammer of Thor was released, of which I also pre-ordered a copy. This book would continue Magnus’ story in preparation of Ragnarok. We find out where Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer, is located and what has to happen for the gang to get it back. But of course, nothing goes according to plan, especially not if there’s a trickster god like Loki around.
Yes, I know, it’s the same formula as Percy Jackson, as the Kane Chronicles, as the Heroes of Olympus, as the Trials of Apollo – but it works, it works damn it. I love all of these books so so much and I don’t care at all that they’re predictable and all the characters are funny and snarky and sarcastic and stuff. Learning about mythology in a way like this (because most of the mythological stories told in these books are true or at least partly true) is great and much more fun than reading a book on the actual mythology (I can vouch for this, though it’s a good way of learning often it’s rather boring?!)
Magnus, Samirah, Blitzen and Hearthstone have become some of my favourite characters, and the newest addition to the gang, Alex, was great too. We meet some more Gods in this book and go to a couple of new worlds which I absolutely loved. View Spoiler »I had the feeling ‘something’ was happening between Magnus and Alex and I am not sure how I feel about that? I mean sure there’s bound to be some romance in this book but I don’t see them getting together, honestly. « Hide Spoiler
The story was great, and I enjoyed every minute of it. After a while, I realised that this book was basically a sort of retelling of one of my favourite Norse myth stories of all time, but I think I won’t tell you which one because it might be a (big) spoiler for his book. Let’s just say it was great reading this retelling and I had so much fun thinking about that original story while reading the book.
In the end, I really loved The Hammer of Thor and I cannot wait for the last book, which is going to be titled The Ship of the Dead. I am still so sad this series isn’t going to be five books, like PJO, like HoO, like ToA; but still three books are great and I will cherish them forever! If you love Marvel’s Thor, Norse mythology or Riordan’s books, I definitely recommend you pick up the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series!
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