Author: Rick Riordan
Point of View: Single (Magnus Chase)
Writing Style: First Person
Location: Difficult to pin-point, let’s go with Boston.
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult – Fantasy/Mythology
HEA: For now.
Favorite Chapter Title: ’48. Hearthstone Passes Out Even More than Jason Grace (Though I Have No Idea Who That Is)
Okay I’ll start out by saying something that is somewhat a disclaimer. While I do love Riordan’s writing I think I have a habit of rating them down if there isn’t a mention of Percy Jackson in them, this isn’t intentional, and does not at all reflect on Riordan’s writing abilities but simply on my adoration of Percy Jackson as a perfect demi-god. Okay, now I shall proceed.
I had originally wanted to read this book the second it came out, but due to unforeseen circumstances and me not wanting to waste money on the kinda ugly UK cover paperback I didn’t end up receiving my copy until the 29th of December. By this point my best friend had read it and was nagging me to get right into it and I had started to see some spoilers online and I’m not going to lie some of it made me really nervous. I was already scared to read it in case it just didn’t live up to my expectations. So I guess I didn’t start reading it straight away (which coincidentally is what I’m doing with Truthwitch by Susan Dennard right now), I started really reading it when I go on the plane to head over to Western Australia for my cousin’s wedding. And basically I couldn’t stop reading it. I had read maybe the first chapter about a week prior but was busy packing and just didn’t have a chance to immerse myself in the world. It didn’t have certain elements that I wanted, but I’ve reasoned that it’s a series and there will be plenty of time for my Marcy (Magnus and Percy) bro-ship to happen, because let’s face it they’re going to be family and they’re both sarcastic little shits so they’re going to be amazing together and Annabeth is going to be sitting there rubbing her temples. But honestly this book was amazing! And I’m sure I’m not the only one that ships Hearthstone and Blitz together and most importantly Jack and Riptide (a little sword on sword action never hurt no one). I think one of the elements – other than the actual story line – that I really enjoy and that surprised me was the lack of love interest for Magnus. I’m clearly not saying that this is a bad thing, this entire world is really stuck between Middle Grade and Young Adult as the primary genre audiences so coming from Heroes of Olympus where everyone is basically dating someone it’s nice to have our protagonist simply relying on his friends and not being entangled with someone straight up. I know that for a majority of the Percy Jackson books there wasn’t really a romance element but it’s just refreshing to have a character that isn’t even thinking about it. Might have something to do with dying?
As always Riordan’s writing is easy to follow, relatable and funny. He’s clear with what he’s saying and describing and there isn’t too much description (which bores me really fast) and the plot line was great. There were times where I felt like he threw certain aspects in just for the sake of filling space but I reasoned that each event took place to lead him to the next point and to set up his relationship with the other Gods and Goddesses for the next few books. And even if that hadn’t been the case I would still be totally fine with him just adding in more stuff to fill in space, Riordan’s writing style is addictive. I found the inclusion of an epilogue really interesting in the way Riordan did it, did not expect that whatsoever.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, I can’t wait for The Hammer Of Thor to come out. I would highly recommend this book to all Middle Grade readers, although I’d say specifically 13 and upwards – it’s also a book I’m sure adults could appreciate. As always I think his writing is really appropriate for someone with ADD (or ADHD like me) because it never spends too long in one place and as I said previously he doesn’t spend pages describing one thing.
I was lucky enough to win a signed UK Paperback copy of this book this January, the requisite was to say in 25 words or less which character in the Percy Jackson world (including Kane Chronicles and Magnus Chase) you would want to be friends with, this was my honest response.
“If I had to choose one I’d go with Tyson. He reminds me of my Autistic brother and I love spending time with my brother.”
Have YOU read Magnus Chase yet?
What did YOU think of it?
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Please note, as usual, I have no proofread or edited this review.