Title: The Sword of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
There's a select few authors where I can say I love virtually every book I've read written by them. Rick Riordan is the god of writing.
Magnus Chase has a normal life. Well, if you consider living on the streets for two years because your mother was killed by a pack of wolves before your apartment burst into flames normal, anyway. His "normal" life is turned upside down when...spoiler alert...he gets killed by a fire giant! Shockingly, he wakes up and finds himself in Valhalla, the life afterlife of deserving warriors that die honourable deaths. However, Doomsday is around the corner and Magnus is the only person that can stop it. Will he succeed? Or will he fail and destroy himself in the process?
I love and will probably love every book from here on that Rick Riordan writes. The way he takes mythology and history, but puts a spin on it, making it interesting and entertaining is unlike any author I've ever read. Not to mention the way he integrates all races, disabilities, and almost everything else in between. Because, yes, there is an Arab girl in this book and she is badass and amazing. Yes, there is a deaf person in this book, does that slow down the plot? Not at all. Rick Riordan's humour also never ceases to make me smile. Magnus reminded me a lot of Percy with his sarcasm and little one-liners that we all so much, but it wasn't too similar that it seemed like they were the same person. Can we talk about the little Annabeth cameos? Because those were great and I love them. Uncle Rick, I want a novella with the Magnus and Annabeth conversation at the end, please and thank you. Can't wait for The Hammer of Thor!