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Kesän miekka (2015)

– tekijä: Rick Riordan

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Sarjat: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (1), Riordan's Demi-Gods (4.1)

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3,5611092,726 (4.07)31
"Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die ..."--Publisher.… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 108) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I did not like the Magnus Chase series as much as I liked the Percy Jackson one but I liked it far more than the Kane Chronicles. I really enjoyed learning about Norse Mythology because it is not a subject I had much prior knowledge of. I thought the story was great and the mythology blended in really well. I also liked how there was a non-binary character in the story which is rare to see in children's literature. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
Magnus Chase has lived alone on the streets of Boston since his mother's death. The streets were his only option, as his mother told him never to trust his uncle, making him wary of his family. But when he learns that his cousin and others are out searching for him, he decides he needs to find answers. He sneaks into his uncle's mansion and is caught. But that's not the worst of it. His uncle tells him he's the son of a Norse god. It's almost laughable to Magnus at first, until they're chased down by a group of fire giants and Magnus has to make the choice between himself and innocent bystanders. And his choice is one that only sets a whole series of other events in motion...

I honestly devour everything that Rick Riordan writes. As a lifelong fan of mythology and an avid reader of fantasy, these books always hit so many buttons with me that I just can't seem to ever put them down. And this kickoff to a new series--though with some connections to his other work nicely woven in--is no exception at all. Riordan has a way of weaving in the existing mythology that doesn't require one to be very knowledgeable, but it's also clear that you're reading his unique story and not just having the myths rehashed in various ways. Magnus's story takes some unexpected turns very early on, which is something that has me really looking forward to where this series is going to go as it develops. ( )
  crtsjffrsn | Aug 27, 2021 |
***This review and more can be found on my blog Love at First Write***

I preordered this book the second it was available and was sitting as patiently as possible to await it’s arrival. Let me just say this- I was not disappointed! While I’m not sure if it reaches Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus standards, it was just as good, if not better than the Kane Chronicles. This book brings together a homeless boy in Boston, a deaf elf, an unappreciated dwarf who’s trade is bulletproof ascots, and a strong, empowering woman of color. None of these characters felt stereotyped and each brought something new and fresh to the story. Thank you Uncle Rick for bringing together some diversity here! Each of the characters had their own depth and backstory and while we got a satisfactory summation of each, I hope that that’s something Riordan will dive deeper into in future books.

For those of you that may have been wondering, Riordan pours on the sass and wit in this wonderful volume of Norse Mythology. There are many jokes for long-term fans of Riordan as well as just genuinely funny remarks. It’s similar to his old series, but at the same time The Sword of Summer is distinctly different. They travel to some of the different realms, encounter a squirrel, and have a very intense deep sea fishing expedition! In Midgard the world is set in Boston which was pretty cool. Knowing a bit about Boston drivers from living there myself it was also amusing to see this city from Magnus’s perspective. Additionally, we get to see Annabeth in the book momentarily and Magnus clearly doesn’t appreciate how much of a badass she is: yet.

Ok so general plot: Magnus is destined to pull his Father’s old weapon The Sword of Summer out of an old Norse shipwreck here in Boston and this basically triggers Ragnarok because that sword has been missing for centuries and it’s needed to cut Fenris Wolf free to start the apocalypse. For a unique twist, Magnus our main character gets killed in the first chapter. We then proceed to delve into Norse myth along with Magnus, which I thought was great because I don’t know them was well as I know Greek Myths. As usual the whole story flowed well and this is just another huge Riordan masterpiece.

I would definitely recommend this to Riordan Fans, fans of Norse mythology, or anyone looking for characters other than strong hero-type hetero-normative white males! Not even Magnus truly fits that stereotype and it was just pure amazingness. ( )
  Nikki_Sojkowski | Aug 26, 2021 |
Magnus Chase is a 16-year-old boy who's lived on the streets of Boston for 2 years since his mother was killed in a supernatural attack. He's avoided his estranged Uncle Randolph, who lives in a Back Bay mansion opposite the Leif Erikson statue and is obsessed with Viking artifacts, but as the book begins Magnus is forced into contact with his uncle. This unleashes a series of events where Boston is attacked by fire giants and Magnus dies in battle. And that's just the beginning.

Much like Rick Riordan's books about Camp Half Blood where Greco-Roman myths are real and demigods are trained on Long Island, The Sword of Summer incorporates Norse myth. In fact, the two series are in the same universe as Magnus is cousins with Annabeth Chase of the Camp Half Blood books! We follow Magnus as he is brought to Valhalla, learns of his godly parentage, and goes rogue on a quest to prevent Ragnarok, or the apocalypse. I think Riordan is even more clever in how he winds Norse myth into a young adult fantasy adventure, and most of all this book is funny as Helheim.

Magnus travels with a great team including the Muslim Valkyrie Samirah "Sam" al-Abbas from Dorchester, Blitzen, a dwarf with a great sense of fashion, and the deaf and magical elf Hearthstone. I'm definitely biased, but I love how Boston is set as the "hub" of the Norse worlds and that many scenes are set in Boston, or in an alternate version of the city. Although it should be noted that Eben Norton Horsford's discredited theory of Norse navigators sailing up the Charles River were rooted in the white supremacist belief that an Italian like Christopher Columbus was unworthy to be the person who "discovered" the Americas.

I think this is my favorite Riordan book yet, and I look forward to continuing the trilogy of Magnus' adventures. ( )
  Othemts | Aug 25, 2021 |
What a great hook for each chapter! If it doesn't kids attention, it always grabs mine. The pacing is great and keeps readers wanting more. I could hardly put it down. It also gave me a glimpse into Norse mythology. I need to learn more about this subject. ( )
  GlenRH | Jul 26, 2021 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 108) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
A demigod teenager, a dwarf with fashion sense, a deaf elf, and a middle eastern Valkyrie walk into a bar... Okay, they didn't walk into a bar until later but they have had some ridiculous adventures while trying to stop Ragnarok from happening. The Magnus Chase series is a spinoff of Rick Riorden's Percy Jackson series. The difference is that Percy Jackson is embroiled with the Greek gods and Magnus Chase has been pulled into the world of the Norse gods.

I really didn't care for the narrator for this audiobook. I can't quite put my finger on why, but I think it's because he sounds like he's trying too hard. He voices the teenage main character and females at the same high pitch. He tries to make all the other male characters have deep voices and it comes out exactly like a woman that's joking around trying to imitate a deep male voice. I had a hard time looking past all that to enjoy the story.

As for the story, all I can say is what the crap?! It is completely absurd and insane which is off-putting but also what keeps you wanting to know what is going to happen next. The world building is the strangest I've ever encountered. Weird doesn't begin to describe it so you will just have to see what I mean for yourself.

I only gave it 3 stars because of the narrator and how it makes fun of and twists the character of the gods. I can see this being very entertaining for young adults but not so much for us stuffy grown-ups 😉 Happy reading! 📚
 

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"Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die ..."--Publisher.

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