Review of “The Sword of Summer”

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard book 1: The Sword of Summer

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I am a Riordan fan. I tend to read everything he puts out and I tend to go easy on my reviews. I’ll admit it.

But I think The Sword of Summer might redeem the author in the eyes of his critics. The book was full of action and humor (funnier than the others). I loved that it included characters who are largely underepresented in literature including the homeless, the deaf, and an Arabic woman. I really appreciated that the novel was only told from Magnus’ point of view. In the last several books in the Roman series, I had begun to have a hard time telling the characters apart. I liked that it was barely linked to the other worlds in Riordan’s books but am worried that future books will heavily intertwine the Greeks and the Nordics.

Four out of five stars.

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