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The Sword of Summer: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Exciting Norse mythology adventure with Percy-like hero.

Book Rick Riordan Fantasy 2015
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age 10+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 10+

Such an Outstanding Book

I can't spoil it but it does contain LGBTQ+ (which kids need to know anyways) and some mild language such as dammit, damnable, and jack-hole. Such an outstanding book. Norse mythology so it has educational value.
age 8+

All of Rick Riordans Books are 8 and up

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (40 ):

Great characters and exciting action mark this series start based on Norse mythology. As in Rick Riordan’s Egyptology series, The Kane Chronicles, it's a little hard to follow at times (most Americans don’t know Egyptian and Norse gods the way they do the Greek ones), but it looks promising. The setup feels a bit hasty because readers are thrown into Boston, then the afterlife of Valhalla with the world tree and Valkyries and Norns throwing a prophecy about nine days before Ragnarok … It’s a lot.

But great characters emerge in the process. Yay for Sam, a hijab-wearing American Muslim girl! And for a dwarf, Blitzen, with exquisite fashion sense and a deaf elf named Hearthstone who gives up everything to study magic. And then there's Magnus. He's heroic from the get-go, so it’s hard to say what his growth will be during the series, but he’s sardonic and funny and incredibly loyal to his friends like the famous Percy Jackson. Together Magnus, Sam, Hearthstone, and Blitzen are the kinds of heroes readers will follow anywhere -- and with nine Norse worlds, they'll have plenty of intriguing places to visit.

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