Parents' Guide to

The Ship of the Dead: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Doomsday-thwarting excitement in a banana-yellow ship.

Book Rick Riordan Fantasy 2017
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 15+

Not Good

This was not a good book to me. I've loved pretty much every other Rick Riordan book, but this one was just so much worse than his other novels. The humor was dry and forced, it was much more violent than any book he's written, and it had a larger focus on relationships. Specifically, Alex and Magnus. Alex is gender fluid (as mentioned in the second book of this series) and he and Magnus become a couple in this book. Other characters flirt and kiss with one another. There is also significantly more language in this book than what CSM mentioned. There are multiple uses of b------d and d---n. This review is solely stating what is in the book, and my personal opinion of the book as a whole.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
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age 11+

OK book adaptation has peril, violence, some language

CSM guide by Turner Martin: Violence 3/5 Romance 2/5 DDS 1/5 Language 3/5. Language: Some uses of "s--t," "hell," "dammit," "ass," and "gods!" (as an exclamation).

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (21):

This exciting doomsday-thwarting adventure is just as much about defeating evil as it is about affirming that diversity is a strength to be celebrated. Readers who've gotten to know and love these very diverse characters in The Sword of Summer and The Hammer of Thor will relish how they come together in The Ship of the Dead and how Magnus shows off their combined powers in front of the gods. Besides Magnus, two characters stand out the most: Sam, who's observing Ramadan while fighting sea monsters, giants, and the undead; and Alex, who turns out to be a genius at the pottery wheel. Alex is appreciated for skills and friendship without the author screaming every second that this is a gender-fluid character. A romantic interest is also handled with sweetness and without fuss.

Even though this is doomsday, don't expect the beating of war drums every second. That ship on the cover is the titular Ship of the Dead, not the ride Magnus' dad Frey gave him. When Magnus unfolds his ship from handkerchief form it's an embarrassing bright yellow. What better way to battle the disgusting idea of a ship made all of human nail clippings than with a banana-colored boat? Frey, a peaceful god, definitely knows the power of humor.

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