More Gods and Myths
by Cait Collins
I have this habit of buying books by my favorite authors and keep stacking them in the bookcases, on my desk, and on the floor until I find time to read them. Things have started slowing down, so I’m attacking the stacks. And I must say I’ve found a gem — MAGNUS CHASE and the GODS of ASGARD THE SWORD OF SUMMER. Rick Riordan has done it again by creating teen characters and pitting them against the Norse gods.
Magnus Chase is a homeless teenage boy living in Boston. His mother is murdered, he’s lost touch with his two uncles, and his father is the Norse god, Frey, the God of spring and summer; the sun and the rain; harvest; abundance and fertility. Only Chase is unaware of his demigod status until his 16th birthday. The day he died and was carried to Valhalla by the Valkyrie, Samirah al-Abbas, better known as Sam.
Chase, Sam, and Chase’s guardians Hearthstone and Blitzen have eight days to rebind Fenris Wolf, stop Ragnarok, stop Loki, and save the nine worlds. Odin is missing. Thor is, well not what I expected, and giants run amuck. Chase must make nice with the Sword of Summer and learn to control it. It’s a big job but someone has to do it. The story is told with irreverent humor as befits a teenagers and misfit adults. It’s a great read and good fun. Trouble is I’m going to need a Guide to Norse Gods and Goddesses before the series is done. Some of the names are similar, the families confuse me, but I know Riordan will lead me through the mazes and bring me out on the other side.
I’ve been a big fan of Riordan’s since reading the PERCY JACKSON and the OLYMPIANS series, and THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS series based on Greek and Roman mythology. He also wrote the popular KANE CHRONICLES, a three-book series with the gods of Egypt. What I have appreciated about these books is Riordan’s ability to teach mythology without preaching mythology. I remember my high school literature classes and the groans when the Greek and Roman Mythology books were handed out. There was no spark to the lessons. The readings were as dry and dead as desert sands. While I did well in the subject, I can’t say I enjoyed it. Now I eagerly await each release. Greek, Roman, Egyptian, or Norse, mythology is a blast.