Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor (book 2) by Rick Riordan

The_Hammer_of_Thor.jpgHappy Valentine’s Day! On this day, whether you’re celebrating or not, I am bringing to you some of my thoughts from the book 2 of the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Published on October 4, 2016, The Hammer of Thor is Rick Riordan’s most recently published book, but The Trials of Apollo: Dark Prophecy (book 2) is supposed to be released in a few months in May.

The Hammer of Thor, for me, was probably Rick Riordan’s most impactful novel so far. One of the things that I noticed is the amazing diversity in The Hammer of Thor, which began to be touched on in The Sword of Summer.

Diversity

Rick Riordan has included a Muslim character, a gender fluid character, a deaf and nonverbal character, and a (formerly) homeless character as 4 out of 5 or 6 main “good guy” characters. This isn’t the first the first time Riordan has shown some sensitivity for diversity as Carter and Sadie Kane are bi-racial in The Kane Chronicles, and Frank Zhang is Chinese-Canadian and Nico di Angelo comes out as gay in The Heroes of Olympus. I don’t know a lot about Rick Riordan, but I really nice how he tackled diversity. For example, Alex Fierro is gender fluid and likes she/her/hers pronouns and she is very firm about that and will let people know if/when she wants to be referred to by male pronouns and is very clear that she doesn’t speak for all gender fluid people and that someone else might prefer gender neutral pronouns (they/them/theirs). Someone else might read about Alex, or about Sam being a Muslim, or about Hearthstone being deaf and nonverbal, or about how Magnus was homeless for 2 years prior to the start of the series and disagree with how Riordan wrote it. But for me, even if it isn’t perfect, I was so excited to see this sort of diversity openly written about because I am a part of fandom that is often concerned about the lack of representation so it’s always heartwarming to see authors and other people who are in a position to do so being inclusive and not letting fear of getting it wrong stop them from doing their research and being inclusive in their writing. For me, it was just a really big deal and something that made an impact while reading this book.

Order of the books

The Hammer of Thor is chronologically happening at close to the same time as The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle. Technically, The Hidden Oracle I think was happening between The Sword of Summer and The Hammer of Thor and maybe a bit closer to The Sword of Summer. In any case, there is some definite overlap. So I think that now is a good time for me to read that book while I wait for the second The Trials of Apollo book, which will be released in early May.

For the rest of the series, the books occur in the following order:

  1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians (5 books)
  2. The Heroes of Olympus (5 books)
  3. The Kane Chronicles (3 books)
  4. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (2 books and counting)
  5. The Trials of Apollo (almost 2 books and counting)

The order I think the newest books could be read in:

  1. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
  2. The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle
  3. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor
  4. The Trial’s of Apollo: Dark Prophecy

I am definitely a huge fan of Rick Riordan’s books at this point. And, actually, all of this talk about Norse mythology has me binge watching all of the Marvel movies, I started with Thor (1 and 2), I don’t know if I will watch them all though. In any case, I can’t say enough about how much I like his books and I would definitely recommend them for reading, even if you’re in your 20’s like myself (or even older); they’re not just for kids.


Title: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books

Publication date: October 4, 2016

Page count: 474

Genre: Fantasy, Young adult, Norse mythology

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