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The Hammer of Thor

Amber De Fere, Staff Writer

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On October 4th Rick Riordan, New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson book series, released the second book in one of his new mythology series. This series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, is about Norse mythology in modern day Brooklyn. The second book, The Hammer of Thor, features main character Magnus Chase, a demigod of the god Frey, who died a hero’s death and now spends his afterlife in Hotel Valhalla. The residents of Valhalla spend their time preparing for Ragnarok, also known as doomsday, so that the bravest of their warriors can fight by Odin’s side to defeat Loki and the giants in battle.

The second book takes off six weeks after when the first one left off. Magnus has been spending his time training for the doomsday that he had just previously avoided. With his Valkyrie (handmaiden of Odin) friend Sam, and his talking sword Jack (also known as Sumarbrander) he has been recuperating from the last battle, only to be thrown into yet another predicament.

Magnus began to notice that something was wrong when his dwarf friend, Blitzen, closed his apparel shop and skipped town with their deaf elf friend Hearth. When he got a text from Sam about a life threatening situation, they met up for coffee right away. According to one of Sam’s informants, Thor’s hammer is missing, and it’s been missing for months. The giants from Jotunheim are becoming suspicious, and if they realize that it is missing, they will destroy the human world and lay waste to human kind.

Unfortunately, Loki has a solution to their problem. As anyone who knows anything about Norse mythology would know, you should never trust the god of mischief. Especially when Loki is your father. Sam, daughter of Loki, is his idea of a solution to the hammer problem. Loki conveniently knows who stole it, and has offered his daughter up in an arranged marriage in exchange for the hammer. Now, there are many problems to this plan. One, Sam is already set to marry a family friend whom she loves very much. Two, she would be marrying Thrym, king of the jotun (giants). And three, it was Loki’s idea. Need I say more? Now, Magnus and his friends only have five days to find Thor’s hammer, so that they can stop yet another doomsday and avoid crashing a wedding with deadly consequences.

However, all is not as it seems when yet another problem is thrown into the mix. There is a new resident in Valhalla named Alex. Big surprise, they’re a child of Loki. Can this newcomer be trusted? And why do they have so much in common with everyone’s favorite protagonist, Magnus Chase?

The Hammer of Thor is a witty, fast paced novel that is enjoyable for all ages. With dramatic revelations, quirky characters, and hysterical punchlines, this book is easy to fall in love with. This is a story about facing your past, accepting your future, and making your own destiny. And who doesn’t love a little comedy thrown into the mix?

Riordan’s characters are inspiring and complex in every way imaginable. They are perfect in the sense that they are so incredibly flawed. Riordan really knows how to write a character that is so human in every meaningful sense of the word. Whether it’s an actual human, or an elf, or even a dwarf, they all have qualities that are expressed in every human being. They all struggle, laugh, fall down and get back up.  They have flaws. They don’t feel like characters, they feel like living beings. It is written so perfectly you almost forget they are fictional.

Magnus’s struggle dealing with loss, failure and self worth is heartbreaking and realistic to that of how we would deal with these problems. Sam’s terrified feelings towards what her future holds represents every high school student within our own halls. And her fear of being like her father represents all of us striving to be better than the examples that have been laid down before us. Hearth’s fear of going back home and facing his past is heartretchingly painful to witness him endure. It is these struggles that make a reader feel an emotional connection to a character and to a story. It is these aspects of the novel that make it so great.

But this book’s quality is not solely based on the characters. The suspense is enough to make anyone who reads these books sit at the edge of their seats, their book held tightly in their hands as they flip through the pages with intense ferocity.  Will Magnus and his friends succeed? Or will they die trying? Find out in Rick Riordan’s new book, in stores now! And watch this video to see more information about what books he will be publishing next, as well as his inspiration for the books previously written.

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