Hey guys! I’m so sorry about not posting last week. I wish I had a valid excuse, but honestly I just forgot that it was Sunday. (The weeks before that I just didn’t have time) Hehe. Oh, and happy holidays! I hope everyone is staying just the right temperature. I’ll try to get as many reviews done this week as I can so I won’t have to worry anymore! Yah!
Title: The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase #3)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: 2017
Page Count: 421
Age Recommendation: 8
Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon? ~ Goodreads
Holy cow this was a really good book. Honestly, I expected nothing less. It had the trademarked wit, cleverness, plot. All that good stuff. Really great. 10/10. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
Ok, focus Sue. In all seriousness I couldn’t wait for this to come out! I’ve gotten sucked into this series, just like I got sucked into the Lost Heroes, and the Kane Chronicles, and Percy Jackson, and, well, you get the point. While Rick’s plots may not have the most spiffy new content, with all his series sort of ‘blending’ together, there is still some entertainment value in all of them. There’s some extra fun especially when all the characters all exist in the same world (every fan’s dream.) While you know that the main characters probably are going to end up saving the world, or at least find some weird loophole, you still don’t know how and you want to find out.
I love how Rick always manages to tie humor in with the plot. His practically trademark sassy main characters bring humor and light into dark situations. It’s what makes these books MG instead of YA in some cases. There’s always a reoccurring joke in every one of his books. (This one involved a rather insulting shade of yellow.) There’s been plenty aof advancements in character relationships. I loved seeing more Alex/Magnus interactions (especially one special one) and I always enjoy Hearth and Blitzen. And Samirah. And Jack. And Loki.
The Ship of the Dead was much shorter than I expected, but it managed to fit a lot in that short amount of time (only 400+ pages!!!!)
Rick’s books are true adventure novels, there are always cool weapons, warriors, new places and a tight schedule to follow. I cannot wait for the next one!
“You’re a strange person.”
“I prefer the term fabulously weird.”
I’d never wanted to practice watercolor painting to the death before, but now I was tempted.
“Even the ducks?” Hrym asked gravely.
Alex frowned, as if this was a serious request indeed. “Very well. Even the ducks.”