The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.

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So this book took me over a week to read; in my defense, last week was rather stressful with the election and trying to write a literature review (Let me tell you that literature reviews are a major pain in the ass. if you’ve written one, I feel you pain; if you haven’t written on, you are lucky) so there wasn’t a lot of time around schoolwork and work to actually read. It probably explains why I was cranky as hell. (I wonder if there’s a word for people who don’t get enough reading time and thus get emotionally distraught).  Anywho, finally managed to finish the last bit of this book this evening so I’ll update you on the wonderful world of Magnus Chase.

I have to say, I wonder if part of my problem with this book wasn’t time issues but because I’m not particularly a big fan of Norse mythology in general. I like it a little better then Egyptian, but I’d have to say Greek is my preferred pantheon. In any case, I do enjoy how Mr. Riordan has connected the Greek and Norse worlds…… if you haven’t read the first book look away because I’m about to drop a SPOILER. The worlds are connected through Annabeth and Magnus who are cousins. Something about the Chase family attracts the gods apparently.

So in this novel, Magnus and company are hunting for Thor’s hammer. Let me say that the god of thunder needs a GPS chip on his belongings and really isn’t as likable as the Avengers’ Thor. Think of Riordan’s Thor as really big overgrown man child who needs to stop acting like one of those annoying teens who selfies every second of their lives and doesn’t pay the slightest attention to what’s really going on. I won’t explain the quest of Thor’s hammer although I will say that, and this could be considered a SPOILER, but any book that has Norse mythology loves freeing Loki.

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