Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place. Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus’s memory. But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents. . . .
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die. (Goodreads)
My Rating: 4/5
I thought this was a wonderful start to a new series by Riordan. The characters bare some similarity to the original Percy Jackson cast, but this did not stop me from reading it and after a while they became their own characters rather than poor copies/clones.
Diversity is something I have noticed Riordan focusing on a lot when characterising and he does it brilliantly. It feels fresh, full bodied, and honest.
Magus is hilarious and I laughed a lot when reading this book; there is not quite enough seriousness, however, considering some of the darker themes which I feel makes these sad and awful moments seem a little cheap at times.
The story itself was not amazing but the ending made me want to find out what certain ‘bad guys’ are up to and how Magnis and his friends will defeat ‘them’.