Great representation, well rounded characters and a great story
This book is incredible. Honestly, I think this is one of the best books Rick has written. The representation in this book is some of the best I've seen, and he bothers to discuss the unfairness of the judgement on non-heterosexual and cisgender kids. For example, the leading characters in the book are an ex-homeless boy (Magnus), a genderfluid-transgender person (Alex Fierro), a Muslim girl (Samirah al-Abbas), a POC dwarf (Blitzen) and a deaf elf who speaks in ASL (Hearthstone). The characters are all well-rounded and are not simply there for their representation. Alex's genderfluidity is also representative of her father's slipperiness and changeability. All the characters have well-developed back stories and said backstories explain their personalities well. The characters are also great role models who stand up for what they believe in, and the great representation means that any kid will see themself in the book. The story is also amazing, and I have learned a lot about Norse mythology from this series. A few points that could possibly be a problem for younger kids- there is quite a lot of violence but it is not terribly graphic, there is a mention of being given a gift the morning after a wedding and what that means. In conclusion- anyone will enjoy this book, from young tweens to young adults.
P.S. To the adult reviewer who said the mention of genderfluidity should make the book 16+, you need to be more open-minded. Why are kids more accepting of non-heteronormative people than a fully grown adult?
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Positive role models