The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Okay, so let me begin by saying that I get why kids love Rick Riordan books. He mixes mythology with relatable characters and a lot of humor. The vocabulary is basic, easy to read, and the books are full of action. I get it- they're fun.
I am not a Rick Riordan fan.
I have tried. I read the first 3 Percy Jackson books and now have read the first Magnus Chase book. I gave it a shot. I just don't like them.
I feel as if Riordan's content is developmentally at a 7th grade level, while the reading level sits somewhere around a 4th grade level. The humor is very juvenile but there is violence and content that is not really suited for elementary school.
I also feel as if the humor detracts from the story- making the characters seem silly and lacking in depth.
My son enjoys these books and, since we listen to them together, I will probably read a few more. I get it- kids like them. I am just personally not a fan. I will continue to recommend Riordan books because I see their value...but I don't have to like it.
The Sword of Summer gets 3 stars from me. Kids will learn a lot about Norse mythology and find Magnus Chase to be someone they can completely relate to. There are other endearing characters throughout the book as well, such as a deaf elf named Hearthstone and a fashion designing dwarf named Blitzen.
Magnus has been living on the streets ever since strange wolves murdered his mother in their Boston apartment. He has learned to survive as a homeless teen. On his 16th birthday, Magnus is reunited with an estranged Uncle who warns Magnus that he is in danger and must find the "Sword of Summer." Events go awry, and Magnus winds up dead- but reincarnated as a soldier of Valhalla. He goes on an adventure to reclaim the Sword of Summer and defeat the fire-giant named Surt and the Wolf, Fenris. Hilarity occurs throughout.