Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Readers of this blog will remember that we are enthusiastic fans of Riordan’s latest series.
Book 2 takes us deeper into the Norse mythology, with Riordan’s signature sense of humor and contemporary setting. Thor’s missing hammer is at the heart of the adventure, so we get to meet once again with the hilarious and somewhat dim Thor as he enlists the help of the heroes to get back his hammer. Otherwise, the worlds are all at risk, as Loki is hoping to bring about the end of the world through the predicted Ragnarock. Loki is his trickster, compelling, not to mention horrifying self.
In the tales of Old, Loki often changes gender, becoming mother to some of her children, and father to many of his others. Riordan creates the character of the gender-shifting Alex, who describes herself (and himself) as “gender fluid.” The deaf elf Hearthstone and the fashion-designer dwarf Blitzten remain favorites, true loyal friends throughout the saga–and we get to visit their worlds more in Book 2 and come to understand their contexts and family histories. Adventure abounds, as Magnus relies on cunning and his friends to thwart a wedding, recapture magical relics and weapons, try to adjust to being dead and a warrior at Valhalla–and ultimately, to connect with his cousin–and (spoiler alert!) plan to meet Percy!
Don’t miss this amazing adventure–and stay tuned for Book 3 next year!