Synopsis: Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?
Genre: Fantasy – Middle Grade – Mythology
My thougths: This is officially one of my favorite series ever! I would even say that, out of every Rick Riordan’s series, this one is the one I love the most. I love everything about this saga and this last book.
I have been waiting for The Ship of the Dead to come out for ages. And it did not disappoint! As per usual, I read this book via audiobook and the narrator for this third opus was great. I laughed and I cried while listening to this book and that’s exactly what I’ve come to expect from a Rick Riordan book.
“My Sword Takes You to (Dramatic Pause) Funkytown”
The humor was, of course, the strength of this book. Magnus is such an endearing, funny and sassy character. You have to love him. I especially enjoyed the many pop culture references, not to mention the Easter Eggs for Riordan’s other books. And don’t get me started on Jack the talking sword and his sass 😂.
Something else I’ve loved while reading The Ship of the Dead was the action. It is non stop, from beginning to end! And most importantly it’s never pointless. The action is always in service of the plot or brings forth some character development, which I loved. And in every page, the action, the humor, and the feels are perfectly well balanced.
Finally, I want to point out something that I’ve loved and admired throughout this entire trilogy: the diversity. There is so much of it in this series, and it’s beautifully done. Whether it’s sexual orientation, gender fluidity, religion or liabilities… Rick Riordan manages to talk about everything with tact and zero judgments. I find it even especially important because I know this book is targeted towards kids, and they need to know that being different is amazing, and it can be a strength. So well done mister Riordan, well done 👏.
“You’re a strange person.”
“I prefer the term fabulously weird.”
My rating: 5/5
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