I intended to do a guest post having a prior reviewer for Novel Reaction or an author write about their favorite horror books since I don’t read and/or watch horror movies, I am a pansy and don’t like being scared (I watched the first 15 minutes of The Walking Dead and had a nightmare), but I blinked and here it is Halloween already and me without having talked to anyone. So I thought I would share with you the movie trailer of one of the few zombie/horroresc movies I am planning on watching, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I admit I giggled all the way through Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, they fact they couldn’t call them zombies in polite society but called them “unmentionables” (as if they were underwear or some such thing) just tickled me. So happy Halloween! I will be out with my super cute little Toothless dragon and not home reading like I have in previous years.
Magnus Chase has experienced his fair share of trouble since the night his mother was murdered two years ago. Living on the streets is never easy and Magnus thought he had seen just about everything until he ends up confronting a fire giant on a bridge in Boston and dying. But as with most things, dying is but a beginning. Finding himself in Valhalla, warrior hall of the dead in Norse mythology, Magnus is about to experience a whole new world, hopefully it won’t kill him again.
I picked up Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer on a whim while at Costco. While I really enjoyed the Percy Jackson series I had been unable to get into The Kane Chronicles (mostly because I tried to read it while studying for the Arizona Bar, never try anything new while studying for a Bar, FYI) and haven’t really given any of Riordan’s newer books a try since then. The Sword of Summer was a fun read that I devoured it in about two days. It’s a first person narrative so Magnus is telling the reader (and he does address us specifically) about what happened to him. It’s been a while since I have read something this informally written so it took me a chapter or two to get used the writing style, and it is an informal style because it is a teenager telling us the story, not that that is a bad thing it just took me a little bit to get used to reading it.
Riordan’s chapter headers are entertaining like “Gunilla Gets Blowtorched and It’s Not Funny. Okay, It’s a Little Bit Funny” but it is Riordan’s characters that I love. Not only are we dealing with the Norse Gods, and not the pretty Hollywood fancy version but a television addicted Thor who looks like a brawler, which is more I how I image the God of War to look but minor gods and other mythical characters. What really amazed me in the Sword of Summer is the character of Hearth, an elf who is deaf and yet Riordan is able to seamlessly include the elf’s signing into the written word. It’s not that the character is suddenly understood by everyone so we forget that he is signing to communicate but that Riordan is able to make it part of the conversation. Hands down, though, my favorite character is Odin. I’m not going to talk about him because it would ruin it for you but just know I giggled through his appearance. The only thing I wish The Summer Sword had is a pronunciation guide included with the glossary. I am just not that familiar with the Norse words used and especially don’t know how they should be correctly said. I give The Sword of Summer five stars and highly recommend it!