The Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan
Available on Amazon.com: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
WOW. There are only a select few books that make me apply true emphasis of the word Wow to a book after reading but Rick Riordan definitely deserves it.
His new vision of the Norse Gods and their adventures and aspects is as vibrant as the Bitfrost rainbow bridge, his humour is full of absolute geniuses using surprise and unexpected combinations. I haven't laughed so much reading a book as I have with this one. I loved every single character both bad and good. I salute him for adding a good deal of diversity in the mix with a Muslim Valkyrie and a Deaf Elf Magician. I really genuinely thoroughly enjoyed reading every word, line and chapter of this book. His descriptions, dialogue and the fantastic character of Magnus is a true delight to read and connect with. As soon as I reached the last page I immediately placed a Pre-Order on the second book which is out in October. Highly recommended for all ages.
Thor's hammer is missing again . The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon--the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki--and the price he wants is very high.
Another gripping and hugely entertaining read. The most original and humorous reimagining of Norse mythology in recent years but also deals with such real human issues from honour to family to love to diversity and equality. Highly recommended reading for everyone and anyone. Packed full of action, drama, tension - pure non-stop page turning storytelling and it seems to be building to an even bigger climax in the yet to come 3rd book. Can't wait! A pure joy to read from start to end. Fun for all ages.
Want to adventure throught the lands of the Vikings? The height of the Vikings is an amazing period of time and there is a lot of great fiction that is based on historical facts from that period and place. Rebecca Wilson has written a guide to the genre and to some of the best works in the genre.
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