“…even if we can’t change the big picture, our choices can alter the details. That’s how we rebel against destiny”
Title: The Sword of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
Publication: October 6th 2015 by Disney – Hyperion Books
Summary from Goodreads:
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die
The Sword of Summer, the first book in Rick Riordan’s new series Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, is a complex novel that illustrates the difficulties of believing in oneself through a highly imaginative voice. Furthermore, there are a multitude of diverse themes such as racism, poverty, and disability. In addition, there are larger themes of acceptance, friendship, family, and fighting for what you believe in rather than what people tell you is right. Magnus’ journey from homeless in Boston to esteemed einherji in Valhalla was an inspiring tale of bravery, sacrifice, and pushing the boundaries of destiny.