The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 6, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology
Pages: 471 Format: Hardcover Source: Library
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.
Thank goodness for Rick Riordan!!!! The Hammer of Thor arrived at the library just in time to get me out of my reading funk. I knew I could count on this book to make me laugh and of course I was not disappointed. Magnus is back to face the next threat to Ragnarok and even with more training, the higher stakes force him and his friends to scramble to thwart their foes.
Story wise this book is kind of all over place going from one mission to another in a heartbeat but who needs a consistent plot though when you’ve got characters like Magnus and co.? Magnus is still in way over his head, terrified of his responsibilities but trying his hardest nonetheless. Of course Heart and Blitz are there to support him but the two of them are also dealing with their own problems.
The children of Loki really are the stars of this series for me. Sam has so much going on with her duties at home, school, and the Valkyries yet she cares so deeply about her friends and of course Amir. I’m really glad he was included more in the story and focused on their betrothal. The best part though was the introduction of Alex Fierro, gender fluid shape-shifter who is intensely fierce with questionable loyalties.
Riordan always mixes the serious and humor exceptionally well and its on full display with this one. He tackles gender fluidity in such an open, honest way and I think it’s brilliant representation for those reading. I also love how Samirah’s religion is such a vital, present piece of her. Then there’s the funny with gods’ taking selfies, watching Netflix, and the sword Jack singing. I can always count on Riordan books for a laugh and a cry.
Overall I think I loved The Hammer of Thor even more than The Sword of Summer. With characters that are so concrete and highly developed and the clear focus on family difficulty, Riordan brings so much truth and heart to the page. As always I highly recommend anything by Rick, but this one truly shines. So please please please go pick it up!
So are you reading the Magnus Chase series yet? Do you have a favorite character? Have you delved into Norse mythology at all? Let me know all your thoughts in the comment below!