Book title: Magnus Chase and the ship of the dead.
Author: Rick Riordan
Blurb: My name is Magnus Chase these days, I'm one of odin's immortal warriors, but that doesn't stop people trying to kill me all the time.
Loki the trickster god is free from his chains. He's put together a crew of giant and zombies to sail Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, in a battle against the norse gods. If he, succeeds, the final battle of Ragnarok will extinguish all the worlds.
With help from Percy Jackson and my cousin Annabeth, and with friends by my side, I have to sail across the oceans to reach Naglfar before Midsummer's day. The only problems are the angry sea gods, hostile giants and evil fire-breathing dragon in the way.
But even if we survive the journey I'll need more than just Jack, my talking sword to beat Loki. I must find a magical elixir so deadly that it will either make me powerful enough to defeat Loki and put him him back in chains for good... or destroy me entirely.
Recommended for: ages 12+ and especially to those who like mythology, meant for teens and pre-teens but I'm sure there are plenty of adults who would enjoy it too. Percy Jackson fans will love this (Percy is in it a bit) as it is similar (in many ways) but in a very different world or setting.
What it's about: This book is the 3rd of the series (It is likely I will write about the first 2 books in the future. Magnus chase is a Half-Blood, or use to use the proper word demigod. His father is Frey (the norse god of summer) and his mother (unknown as he was homeless) is a mortal. Gods rely on demigods to save the world every know and then (Magnus is a cousin of Annabeth Chase, one of the main characters in Percy Jackson) and this time it's no different. Loki aside from being able to manipulate his own children from fighting against him (who are friends of Magnus) is a master at trash talking being able to shrink others with easy (literally). The only way Magnus can stop Loki (and prevent Ragnarok) is to beat him at his own game, but travelling through the 9 worlds is hard and there are plenty of villains in the way and even if the magical elixir is obtained and works, Loki is a formidable opponent he is a god after all...
This book is full of interesting mythology and bizarre creatures and gods and makes for a mysterious and engaging read.
In Norse Mythology, (Slightly different from real life)
Ragnarok is a battle that will destroy all 9 of the worlds
which are each different one being home to the light elves, another to humans, giants, dwarves one being an icy world full of snow, etc. Valhalla is a hotel which people who have died brave deaths go to, it is like paradise but they also train for Ragnarok (fighting and basically doing all activities to the death), everyone is immortal so when they fall on the battlefield they are carried to their room and automatically healed. Magnus is an Immortal warrior of Valhalla but he is only immortal in Valhalla. As he journeys round the 9 worlds anything can happen to him. Encounters with possessed dragons, Evil tricksters and cunning dwarfs.
Rating 9.4 (really excellent read, I think it could focus more in depth on the main storyline(s) or plot instead of having many, many different storylines but having many storylines is also a good thing).
Up next: Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley.