Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

The Hammer of Thor By Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: October 4th, 2016
Format: Hardback, 471 pages
Summary Via GoodReads

My Rating: ★★

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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.
As much as I love the Percy Jackson series, I think Magnus might be my favorite character that Rick Riordan has written. I mean, he's just such a sarcastic little jerk, I love him! Also, I love the chapter titles in this series, they always give me a good chuckle!

I really love the inclusion of Sam and how it sheds a positive light on a teen with an arranged marriage. In the West we think this is so weird and oppressive, but to Sam who has loved her intended her whole life, she is excited to one day marry. Sam is also just a great character, and I live for her rolling her eyes at Magnus. I love their friendship, and I'm glad that is all it is! Yay for male and female positive platonic friendship!

I also love the inclusion of Alex, another child of Loki who is gender fluid and shape shifts to whatever form they want to. I like that we see Magnus at first just not really understanding this, but being pretty open to understanding who Alex is. Magnus puts his foot in his mouth a few times, but I generally think it's because he's learning and trying to understand everything that is happening in his life...or rather afterlife. I am really glad that Riordan seems to have a commitment to diversity. Being a cishet white woman I have NO idea if Alex is an accurate representation of this type of marginalized person, and I would be really interested to hear what transgender or gender fluid teens think about Alex.

This book is pretty heavy on Loki being Loki and just wanting to cause chaos. He is Loki after all, and he really likes to ruin Magnus' day. What I love about these series, and it's pretty prevalent in this book is that it's just a traditional quest story. That's it! But I love quest stories! There's a hero that's given a task, but he has to go through a series of tests before he completes his quest. I love these type of stories. I especially love these in books for young people, because when you are a kid school and life can really feel like a battlefield. I think the things that Magnus and his friends go through can parallel what we go through in the real world. These might just seem like silly little quest books, but I think they are so much more.

If you liked the first book in this new series, I don't think you will be disappointed. I'm pretty interested to see where this series is heading. Good news is that the third book just came out too!

Do you like the Magnus Chase books? What do YOU think about the character of Alex? Is it a good representation?
Happy Reads Everyone!