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 lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place. Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus’s memory. But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents. . . .
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.
What I Thought:
Despite having the Percy Jackson series recommended to me multiple times for years, this was my first Rick Riordan read… it won’t be my last!
If I had read them when I was younger, they would have been my favourite thing EVER. I mean, I am still a big fan, but nor as obsessed as I would have been then.
Sassy but hapless reluctant hero, mythical characters, magic, explosions and fire, talking swords… pretty much all the ingredients for A Book Carole Will Like.
Tori loved it too – she picked it up the moment I put it down!
A brilliant blend of Norse Mythology and Urban Fantasy for anyone aged 10+, I am already on the lookout for a copy of book two. (For Tori, obviously, my TBR is long enough as it is… but I will have to read it first to check it is suitable. Of course.*)
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Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
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