Title: The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and The Gods Of Asgard #3)
Author: Rick Riordan
Release Date: October 3rd 2017
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?
As a fan of Rick Riordan since 2009, every new book by him has been amazing and this recent installment in the Magnus Chase books is no different. Riordan weaves a masterful tale filled with adventure fantasy and humor while creating a diverse and fleshed out cast of characters. With the rise in the movement for diverse books, Riordan’s Magnus chase shows how much better books can be with characters of all races religions and sexual orientations. I loved this book and the end to this trilogy was both so heartwarming and sad. I look forward to seeing what Riordan comes up with next.
This book picks up a couple weeks after the events of the sword of summer. Magnus chase and the crew are sailing out to try and stop Loki and his army before he begins Ragnarok. The usual quests begin with the trademark Riordan humor and antics. I know a lot of people think Magnus chase and Percy Jackson are carbon copies of each other. But i think in this book you can really see how they are completely different people. They are similar in some ways but ultimately they are both their own characters. If you’ve yet to read rick Riordan, what are you waiting for. You can never be too old and now have quite a few books to read before you get to this one so start reading!
Samirah: . As a Muslim teen, it’s hard to find books where I strongly identify with a character, but Riordan did his research perfectly and I thought Samirah and Islam in general were portrayed so accurately. I’ve read a few books with Muslim characters and they generally depict some aspect of Islam inaccurately, but Riordan in my opinion did a wonderful job. I love Sam’s character and am so happy to be seeing more accurate representations of all people, that more readers can identify with.
Have you read any Rick Riordan books? What did you think?