Rick Riordan, author of the popular Percy Jackson series moves from Greek mythology (Percy Jackson series) and Egyptian mythology (Kane Chronicles) to Norse mythology in this new series. Magnus Chase is living homeless on the streets of Boston when we first meet him, living by his wits and trying to stay out of trouble. He has been living this way for 2 years, ever since his mother was killed in mysterious circumstances.
Now, Magnus's Uncle Randolph is searching for him, and since the last thing Magnus's mother said to him was to not trust Randolph, Magnus is trying to stay far away. However, fate intervenes and sends Magnus into a world that he thought was old folk tale--a world that involves the old Viking beliefs and legendary gods. Magnus, it seems, is the son of a Norse god and is fated to find The Sword of Summer (Lexile: 630; Interest Level: Grades 5-9).
Tempted into cooperation by Randolph's claim to be able to tell Magnus about his father, the quest into the strange world of Norse heroes begins with Magnus finding the sword and immediately... well, I should probably not tell you that part. Spoilers straight at the beginning. I can say, however, that this story will keep you wondering, and laughing at Magnus's strange humor, all the way through. Fans of mythology, Rick Riordan's other work, and fun adventure will find this story engaging. (544 p.)
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