Title: The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2)
Author: Rick Riordan
My Rating: ★★★★
Summary: “‘Magnus Chase, you nearly started Ragnarok. What are you going to do next?’
It’s been six weeks since Magnus and his friends returned from defeating Fenris Wolf and the fire giants. Magnus has adjusted to life at the Hotel Valhalla — as much as a once-homeless and previously alive kid can. As a son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility and health, Magnus doesn’t exactly fit in with the rest of Odin’s chosen warriors, but he has a few good peeps among his hallmates on floor nineteen, and he’s been dutifully training for Ragnarok along with everyone else. His days have settled into a new kind of normal.
But Magnus should have known there’s no such thing as normal in the Nine Worlds. His friends Hearthstone and Blitzen have disappeared. A new hallmate is creating chaos. According to a very nervous goat, a certain object belonging to Thor is still missing and the thunder god’s enemies will stop at nothing to gain control of it.
Time to summon Jack, the Sword of Summer and take action. Too bad the only action Jack seems to be interested in is dates with other magical weapons…”
If you want to see my review on the first book (The Sword of Summer), you can read it here.
Until reading The Hammer of Thor this year, I hadn’t read anything by Riordan in a few years, and it was fun to read something by him again. It was also a little hard because I had a little trouble remembering what happened in the first Magnus Chase book. But that’s what the internet is for! So quick shoutout to Wikipedia for having indepth plot summaries!
As is typical of Riordan’s novels, the action starts only shortly after the book begins, and continues at a fast pace through the rest of the book. His pacing is perfect, with never a dull moment, but not moving past scenes too quickly either. The Hammer of Thor also included lots of humor, again as is typical of Riordan. He is great at writing funny scenes and lines that are funny to anyone. Nearly every joke was really funny to me now, even though the novels are aimed at a younger audience. Here are some lines I enjoyed:
…teenage einherjar hung out playing board games or just chillaxing (which is like chilling, except with battle axes).p. 32
Or just this title with a reference I greatly appreciated:
You Keep Using the Word Help. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Meansp. 341
I just always have such a fun time reading books by Riordan, which is why I will read anything he writes. I was also really happy while reading this because of the amount of diversity in this trilogy and his books in general. I’m happy knowing he is showing kids that people are all different and that’s normal. The Magnus Chase series has people of different religions, sexualities and gender identities. Though he isn’t anymore, Magnus was homeless and other characters are shown to have rough childhoods. This is so so so important for kids to see.
Overall, you should go read the first book right now 🙂 I can’t wait to read The Ship of the Dead!
I made this playlist based on Alex Fierro, by far one of my favorite characters in The Hammer of Thor. Also, I did not mean to have songs by the same artists, but those songs just fit the character the best, so…oops. Lots of Audioslave for you!
- Rebel Rebel – David Bowie
- Keep on Livin’ – Le Tigre
- Bad Reputation – Joan Jett
- Jewel of the Summertime – Audioslave
- Freaks Like Us – Hands Off Gretel
- What You Are – Audioslave
- Don’t Play – Halsey
- Live to Rise – Soundgarden
- Changes – David Bowie
- Be Yourself – Audioslave
You can listen to the playlist here 🙂
Thank you for reading this review! 📖 ❤