Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard is one of the best tween/teen series available. It is that series that I read with my daughter when we just need to laugh. Lately, we need to laugh more.
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It helps to know a little bit about Norse mythology though, if you’ve seen any of the Marvel movies or American Gods on Starz, you probably know enough. Of course, I would always suggest you read Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel and Norse Mythology, but that’s just me. I’m a mythology junkie so maybe that’s part of the appeal of these books. However, I would say that i appreciate the Magnus Chase series more than the Percy Jackson series.
Picking up not long after the first book left off, Hammer of Thor follows Magnus and his friends through yet another dangerous adventure. This time, there’s a new addition to their team in Alex Fierro, also a child of Loki. In this series, the Gods are hilarious. Odin is often absentee but shows up to deliver Powerpoint presentations. Heimdall is obsessed with taking selfies while he guards the rainbow bridge.
Let me just stop and appreciate the gender-fluid character of Alex and how well it is handled. This series addressed and normalizes situations that shouldn’t be issues at all (think of Sam, the Muslim-Valkyrie-Daughter-of-Loki). Riordan does a fine job of integrating a diverse set of characters with issues relevant to today’s teens and tweens.
Interesting in a break from reality? Give these books a shot. I read one in a day or two so it’s not a burden or unreasonable read. Curious what a tween/teen has to say about it? Check out Autumn’s review on The Hammer of Thor.
The Verdict on Magnus Chase 2: The Hammer of Thor
What a funny, funny book! The characters are appealing to tweens/teens and amusing to adults. It’s an easy read though some of the vocabulary is advanced for some tweens.