Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan, a sequel to The Sword of Summer, was another amazing work of fiction by Rick Riordan.
After Magnus’ quest to find Jack (the Sword of Summer) and stop the Fenris wolf from escaping, he is faced with the challenge of finding Thor’s beloved hammer. This book is filled with several great, action-packed scenes, lovable characters, a great plot, and, as with any Rick Riordan book, heartache. Lots of heartache.
Magnus travels along with Hearthstone, Blitzen and Samirah al-Abbas and Alex Fierro. Alex is the only new main character, and a fantastic one at that. Alex is a genderfluid, transgender, son/daughter of Loki who has embraced his/her shapeshifting powers. The five of them travel from Valhalla and uncover Loki’s plan to escape from his capture. They travel to Alfheim and Jourthiem facing several challenges and growing as characters.
Rick Riordan explores the powers of Loki, specifically the powers he has over his children, Alex and Sam. He also writes about Hearth’s family and the hardships Hearth faced as a kid. We learn more about the beliefs of Sam as she explains how she believes in Allah and the gods in Norse Mythology and her relationship with Amir Fadlan. Readers explore Alex, and Riordan simplifies his/her gender and sexuality so readers can better understand him/her. Fans are also speculating that Alex will be Magnus’ love interest.
The Hammer of Thor was a truly great sequel to the Sword of Summer and fans of Percy Jackson will not be disappointed. The third book, The Ship of the Dead, should be expected for next October. The next Riordan book will be The Trails of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy, coming May 2, 2017, a sequel to The Hidden Oracle.