Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 1 The Sword of Summer

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Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and 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 . . .

Published on October 6, 2015 by Puffin
ISBN-10: 0141342412
ISBN-13: 9780141342412
171 Book Reviews
  • zarkinpants
    zarkinpants11 months55 stars
    ave you ever thought that much about Norse mythology? Maybe you know who Loki or Thor is, but did you know about the 9 worlds or Fernris Wolf? I bet you never knew! Magnus Chase is a homeless boy living on the streets of Boston! One day, he finds out that he is actually the son of a Norse God! Soon after, he is attacked by a fire giant and dies. So he goes to the Norse afterlife, Valhalla. At Valhalla, all he does is prepare for Ragnarok, when the giants will fight against the gods in an enormous battle. The only problem is, he also finds out that the fire giants are planning on using a special sword, the sword of summer, to free Fenris Wold so that he can start Ragnarok. Magnus has to do something! But what will he do? How will he do it? This book was very funny and entertaining to read, and I learned stuff about Norse mythology!
    • unidude
      unidudeover 1 year55 stars
      i love Rick Riordan books this one is my FAVORITE series EVER.
      • dream_beyond
        dream_beyondover 1 year55 starsFeatured
        I won this book at the library because I took part in a summer reading program, and I have read it multiple times and it just never gets old! There are funny moments and shocking moments and it's like going on an adventure with Magnus! One of my favorite parts of the book was when Hearth accidentally hit Magnus on the butt with his rubber arrow (the reaction was super funny)! I also like that this book was in Magnus's perspective. I think that Rick Riordan did a wonderful job writing this book, he incorporated everything you crave from a book (at least for me). I definitely recommend this book and I hope you will love and enjoy Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard book 1!! Happy reading!!!!
        • mooking
          mookingover 1 year55 stars
          I love mythology. I have read all the Percy Jackson books and the heroes of Olympus books. I love them all. I wanted something different to read. This Book is all about the Norse Mythology which I knew nothing about. I recommend this book because It is very funny and enjoyable.
          • nurseangel
            nurseangelalmost 2 years55 stars
            Awesome story! Awesome!!!!!!!
            • m0ns3r3n3rgy420
              m0ns3r3n3rgy420almost 2 years55 stars
              I love the entire series, it definetly competes up there with the best series Rick Riordan has written. The characters and story is compelling and makes you want to continue reading
              • jurassicwolffe
                jurassicwolffealmost 2 years55 stars
                This book is awesome! It's about Norse mythology. Magnus Chase, a homeless boy, is killed in a battle with a giant and goes to Valhalla, where he sets out on a quest! It is written by the author of Percy Jackson, so if you like that series I highly suggest you read this one. You'll absolutely love it!
                • wolfiemoon
                  wolfiemoonabout 2 years44 stars
                  This is a great book, though not my favorite. But I love the quirky characters and the mythology is really interesting. Would recommend to mythology lovers.
                  • magicalmythical
                    magicalmythicalover 2 years55 stars
                    I didn't read this book, but I know this will be great as the other series of Mr. Riordan's books! But I have a feeling at Magnus's last name. Chase. In Percy Jackson, there is Percy Jackson's girlfriend, Annabeth CHASE. Maybe Magnus is like a step-brother to Annabeth since their last name is similar. BUT they have different mother's so, nah.
                    • percyisthebest
                      percyisthebestover 1 year
                      Oh, but they ARE related.
                      • goldenphoen1x
                        goldenphoen1x11 months
                        He's right, but they barely know each other. Still, related. And because of that, in book 3, PERCY JACKSON AND MAGNUS CHASE CROSSOVER!!!!!!!(for a few chapters) In addition, in book 3, (or is it 2? Can't remember) REFERENCE TO TRIALS OF APOLLO!!!!!!!(Read Trials of Apollo book 3 and Heros of Olympus). Sorry. I just like it when crossovers happen. ;) .
                    • swirlycool
                      swirlycoolover 2 years55 stars
                      Magnus Chase didn't expect any of this to happen. Magnus did not see his future going anything beyond searching for his next meal. That is until he hears his cousin and his uncle searching for him. Magnus ends up doing a heroic deed, and waking up in Valhalla. He is now an einherji, and is also immortal. A valkyrie named Samirah (Sam), claimed he had a weapon in his hand when he did the heroic deed, but it appeared not to be on the video. Due to her mistake that she made, she was banished from being a valkyrie and Valhalla as well. However, she tells Magnus something before she was sent away. Overall, this book was very entertaining and also it had many humorous parts in it as well. which was great. I definitely did not expect the switch to Norse mythology, but it was just as good as the Percy Jackson series which is based on Greek mythology. I recommend this book to people who enjoy the Percy Jackson series. I rate this book 5/5.