Series Starters: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

The final book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy  by Rick Riordan was just released at the beginning of October. Sometimes it’s nice to start a series when you know the final book has already been published, so you don’t have to wait so long in between installments. But this is another one of Riordan’s series that I love so much and am recommending to you if you like action, mythology, humor, and adventure.

The first book, The Sword of Summer, begins with Magnus’s death on his sixteenth birthday. Strange events have always happened in Magnus’s life and were magnified two years ago, when strange wolves attacked his apartment, killing his mother. Magnus has been living on the streets of Boston ever since, when his estranged Uncle Randolph finds him and reveals that his father is actually a Norse god. Now Magnus must claim his birthright, a fabled sword that belonged to his father. After Magnus’s death, a whole world is unlocked to him and now he must figure out how to save it from Ragnarok.

The premise of Riordan’s series for younger people are all very much the same, and yet the adventures and characters are all diverse and distinct. They each stand out to me that makes me want to keep going back to these books to read more. Also, the cross-references to Riordan’s other works is always awesome to see; in this series, you’ll get a lot of references to the Greek gods because Magnus is first cousins with Annabeth Chase, from the Percy Jackson universe.

You can find physical copies of this series on the shelves throughout the Aurora Public Library District, or you can check them out digitally from the Indiana Digital Download Center.

Happy Reading!