Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.
Disclaimer: This review may contain some things you consider to be spoilers. You have been warned.
Why we chose it: We’ll get back to you on that.
Review: We’ve found the Magnus Chase books harder to sink into than any of the Percy Jackson novels or even Rick Riordan’s other books based on mythology that isn’t Greek or Roman (we’re looking at you Kane Chronicles) and for a while we couldn’t figure it out, but we’ve come up with two reasons why.
- While all of Rick’s books share a very similar style, one of humour and gods stripped down to their most absurd character traits before being built back up in an insane fashion – we find the Magnus Chase series feels more repetitive. It’s the most forced feeling in the opening sections. Everything seems so basic and we struggle.
- We aren’t fans of pop/pop culture references being thrown in for no reason. It annoys us and we just can’t deal.
Luckily for us because we really hate writing predominantly negative reviews we stopped struggling and started dealing. The Hammer of Thor was so funny and so brilliant and so very explosive that we just don’t know where to begin.
We’re lying. Of course we know.
Let’s talk about the standout character. The new girl or new boy. It depends on the day, but she is a she unless she tells you otherwise and her name is Alex Fierro. She should be the star of her own series because she’s magical and sarcastic.
When she was first introduced to us we wondered why Alex was so defensive about her magical gender fluidity. Whenever someone would ask her questions about it her hackles would rise and to us it seemed as if Alex attacked to prevent herself being attacked.
It made no sense until we learned a bit more about her. Loki basically ruined her life and even though we only got to delve into the shallow waters of her mind and her past we know that we just can’t wait to dive deeper and discover more about who she as a person and a future soldier should Ragnarok ever come around.
It’s important that we tell you all how much chemistry there is between her and Magnus and how very badly we need them to get together and rock the Nine Worlds. If they don’t it won’t be Loki or the giants starting Ragnarok, it’ll be us.
In terms of plot Rick Riordan’s books are mainly based around a quest, but here in The Hammer of Thor there wasn’t really a quest driving everything. It was more of a Loki you’re screwing with us, please stop before we make you stop kind of adventure. With Loki being the main antagonist it meant we got to wonderful Samirah front and centre and this time she brought Amir along for some of the ride.
Often people find it difficult to merge to parts of their life they have no choice, but to merge and with Samirah the level of difficulty was really quite high. She not only had to change her betrothed’s perspective on the world without breaking him, she had to do it while being a Valkyrie who’s job is never ending.
It was so, so interesting because it was a different type of teenage romance problem. No love triangle. Just a change or many changes in dynamic and perspective. We’re not going to discuss Samirah purely in terms of her love life because that’s just not how we do things. However, it’s important to bring it up because her getting Amir to accept things he never dreamed possible intertwines with Samirah coming to realise that she’s really just going to have to start accepting herself…
It was a big character arc for her in this novel and it wasn’t something we truly expected, but it was something we definitely enjoyed.
There’s so many things we could talk about with regards to this novel. We could talk about Hearth and his troubles or we could talk about Odin’s ravens and the Aesir themselves, but we like focusing on friendship and love (platonic love) and adventure and magic.
We like focusing on things like…the cliffhanger ending!
We’re thrilled to announce that the only thing the cliffhanger in The Hammer of Thor will leave you with it is anticipation and excitement and a mind whirling with Oh my gods, did that just happen? You’re not going to be crawling around clutching your book loving heart in agony…or maybe you will. There are a lot of tricksters in Norse mythology and we could very well be one or more of them.
The ending for this novel wasn’t some cheap cop out or fix all happy days solution. It was very appropriate and we certainly enjoyed it 🙂
Summing up this book is a large task because of the many characters and story branches that are growing throughout the pages. Thankfully we’re more than capable of tackling such a task.
The Hammer of Thor is without a doubt an improvement on its predecessor and while it could stand happily on its own referencing pop culture through the means of a talking, glowing, sharp, sharp sword – it instead reaches all across the world weaving many cultures/beliefs/people seamlessly into it. Like a well woven Nordic tapestry nothing felt too dominant or crowded and we recommend this book to all of you because you deserve some happy stabby stabby in your life.
Thank you for reading! Can anyone else help us think of a ship name for Alex and Magnus? We tried Malex, but it’s far too close to Malec for us. Please let us know what you think in the comments and don’t forget to follow us on:
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