Magnus ChaseE and The Gods of Asgard: Ship of the Dead, Book 3 by Rick Riordan
I loved returning to the adventures of Magnus Chase and his friends. They’re all back: Hearthstone the elf, and Blitz the dwarf are foremost as almost lifelong friends who looked out for him when he was homeless on the streets of Boston. We also get to return to Samirah the Valkyrie, Thomas Jefferson, Jr., and Alex, a friend and demigod. not to mention updates on Annabeth, and Percy Jackson. And old enemies like Loki, who is at the heart of this adventure.
Lots of excitement, tension, and great battles as Magnus and his friends try to put off Ragnorak and get Loki back in chains. Naglfar, Loki’s Ship of the dead, is particularly creepy, with lots of zombies, giants, and random undead creatures.
As usual, snappy dialogue, delicious humor, and complex characters make the novel an engaging read, for adults as well as teens and tweens. The character of Alex is particularly fascinating, with the concept of being gender fluid. We get more of the various characters’ back stories, and a chance to look closer at Magnus’ own inner demons. Maybe Riordan’s best yet. Enjoy!
And if you are new to this series, you have such a treat in store for you. But best to start with the two earlier books: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer, Book 1, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor.