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MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD ⚡️ reading vlog: 10-15 december
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1. It has spent months at the top of the New York Times middle grade bestseller list. As a writing-focused book discussion group, we were interested in reading this book because we wanted to explore the question about whether we are writing for the kids who will read our books, or for the parents and publishers who will buy our books. Many kids unconditionally love this book. The character arcs are minor, at best.
Book 1. The Sword of Summer. 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.
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The line between cynical repetition and elegant variation is as fine in adventure stories as it is in — well, as it is in that line the members of Spinal Tap sapiently discovered between clever and stupid. Riordan, a teacher before he was a writer, taught a generation of American children not just the names but also much of the substance, the emotional architecture, of Greek mythology. The classical panoply of gods and demigods — satyrs and centaurs and even one girl who, quite properly and unpuritanically, was sired by Zeus and born to a television starlet — were all made new. In the new book, Norse myths are given the same carefully detailed exposition. The magic craft of dwarves, the mission of the Valkyries, the surprisingly variable sizes of giants, even the division between the godlike orders of Aesir and Vanir — all are made beautifully clear.
The main character in the series is Magnus Chase, the son of Frey, god of fertility narrates the story in first person perspective. On his sixteenth birthday, he discovers that his uncle- the man whom his late mother told to avoid- is looking for him. Interested to know the reason why his uncle is looking for him- he breaks into his house to search for possible clues. Magnus meets Randolph who then persuades him to join him on a quest recover an ancient sword hidden deep in the waters of Longfellow Bridge in Boston. Somehow Magnus magically retrieves the sword only to find out that its corroded old piece of metal. To make matters more complicated, a fireball-wielding man appears and demands the sword and Magnus has no choice other than to give him the sword. Surprisingly, Magnus dies during the confrontation with the fireball wielding man- something he announces to the reader on the first page.
T his book is amazing. Yes, it is a bit like the Percy Jackson series, with a boy related to gods, a quest, good friends and ancient myths. However, it does have its differences. For a start, the narrator, Magnus Chase, dies at the beginning of the book and tells the story in Valhalla the home of dead, brave Viking warriors. As he travels through the Viking worlds, we learn about old myths and legends. There will be war and the world will be destroyed and return to the black depths from which it came. Magnus sets off on the quest and is helped by various companions — Blitzer the dwarf, Hearthstone the elf, a Valkyrie called Samirah and his cousin Annabeth Chase.