Series: Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on 2016 October 14
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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.
Just like his other books and the first Gods of Asgards books, I was smiling as I reached the end of this book. The Hammer of Thor is a spectacular sequel to The Sword of Summer and is further proof of Riordan’s prowess when it comes to mythology. Although it’s obvious that he recycled some stuff from his previous books, The Hammer of Thor and The Sword of Summer were still enjoyable reads that I breezed through them in a very short amount of time. I finished this book in a day while doing household chores and the usual fix of online gaming.
What made The Hammer of Thor different from the rest of his books was not the plot (as I’ve said earlier, there were some plot elements from previous books that were regurgitated in here somewhere) but rather, its cast of characters. Very diverse without making me feel like Riordan was just deliberately pushing it for the sake of ya know, fulfilling the #WeNeedMoreDiverseBooks. And I must tell you that this book introduced us to a brand new main character named Alex Fierro. To say that he/she became a new favorite character would be an understatement. Some spoilers here so read at your own risk. Alex Fierro is the shapeshifting daughter/son of Loki and an unnamed mortal man. Alex Fierro is gender fluid so there are days that he/she identifies as male and other days as otherwise. I liked the fact that she/he already owned her sexuality in this book and that she/he is very straightforward and firm about it. Well, you probably know where I’m going with this one but please, Gods of Asgards, let the Magnus-Alex Fierro ship sail and have their HEA at the end of the series.
So aside from falling in love with the Magnus-Alex ship and adoring the other quirky characters (from Thor to Heimdall to Prince Gellir and his merry band of 12 berserkers to Otis, I can’t even…), I’m also pleased that The Hammer of Thor contained the trademark Riordan humor …an assurance that everything is going great. The pop culture references were just can-you-excuse-me-while-I-laugh-my-heart-out funny?
Oh well, there are so many things to love about this book although as I’ve said, you might encounter some déjà vu issues with the plot. But as for me, it didn’t bother me that much because there are so many things about The Hammer of Thor that made up for that.
Overall, a worthy sequel and certainly a keeper. Now, off to wait for the sequel of The Hidden Oracle.