The mighty thunder god, Thor’s hammer is missing. A boy named Magnus Chase, and his friends Samirah-Al-Abbas, Blitzen, and Hearthstone must set out to find this magical object that could decide the fate of the city, Midgard. However, Magnus and Samirah, along with a dangerous person named Alex Fierro live in the Hotel Valhalla, a place for heroes who died bravely on Earth. Magnus is a son of Frey and is amazing at healing people, Samirah is a Valkyrie and is extremely strong, Blitzen has a way with fashion, and Hearthstone is talented when it comes to using runes. From giants, to Loki, the god of trickery and deceit, these friends battle many enemies along way.
I thought that this book was excellent. The writing style and technique is unlike any I have ever read. This story has an interesting plot, amusing sarcasm, and wisecracking humor. It is different from the regular Greek mythology, but still has the same engrossing effect that made me not want to put this book down. Each character has a different history, interests, and personality that add to the group. It was fascinating to gain knowledge about Norse mythology and read the detailed descriptions of various places and characters that make this legend unique.
One memorable thing about the book is the approach that Rick Riordan took when describing Thor. It was different from the cliched image that we think of when imagining the god. This new description of Thor added to the humor and writing technique, as well as making the story intriguing.
Reviewed by Ilakkiya, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Library