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

The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2) by Rick Riordan
Published October 4, 2016 by Penguin Books Australia
RRP AUD $22.99

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.


As always, I had high expectations for this book, and as always, Rick delivered. In fact, he didn’t just deliver, he surpassed expectations. I’ve read some reviews where they feel that this series is a Norse copy of the Percy Jackson series, but I really don’t feel it!

Whenever Rick includes a diverse character, it doesn’t feel like he’s including it just for diversity’s sake, it feels natural and real. The Magnus Chase series is full of wonderfully diverse characters, with Samirah being a badass gift from Allah and the wonderful gender-fluid Alex Fierro. I hadn’t read any books with any gender-fluid characters before, but I was quite happy with how they were represented throughout the story.

The Norse gods were so much better than how I expected them to be, Heimdell was so funny omg. Him and his selfie antics had me laughing so much!!

Jack may actually be the best sword in the whole Rick Riordan Universe. I get so happy every time Magnus summons him. To be honest, all of the weaponry and inanimate objects that play a part in the series are awesome. Like Mjolnir, it can stream movies and TV shows in 1080p???? AND be an awesome weapon????? (CAN I JUST SAY I LOVE THE IMAGERY OF THOR WATCHING TV ON HIS HAMMER?)

*Darth Vader voice* The friendship is strong in this one. All of Rick’s books have super strong friendship themes, and this one is no different, Magnus is such a willing friend, and the things he does for his friends are so lovely. HEARTHSTONE. MY POOR YOUNG ELF. SO MANY FEELS. Blitzen and Hearthstone are my ultimate brOTP.

Another wonderful thing about Rick is that he doesn’t always include romance!! It was so refreshing reading a story with stronger friendship and adventure themes rather than a prominent romance theme, and although there may be a lil something there between Magnus and Alex, there isn’t as of now so I’m not counting it. I love the sibling-like relationship between Magnus and Samirah and I’m a big fan of how respectful Magnus is of Samirah’s culture and religion, and how he wonders about things but doesn’t actually question them, and instead helps Samirah when she needs it.

GUYS BUT WAIT THAT ENDING THOUGH!!! IM STILL SCREAMING OMG I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE SHIP OF THE DEAD! I NEED MORE OF MY FAVOURITES. AND I’M GOING TO NEED MORE HILARIOUS CHAPTER NAMES. This review is slightly more on the messily excited side, but in short, if you haven’t read any books by Rick Riordan you are missing out.

I received a review copy from the publisher




Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over twenty novels for young readers, including the Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, the Magnus Chase series and the Trials of Apollo. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over fifty million copies of his books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


4 thoughts on “Review: The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2) by Rick Riordan

  1. Thank you for sharing this wonderful review. So far, I’ve only read Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. While I loved it very much, I felt it was a bit unnatural for him to have such a large cast with very few diverse characters in it. After reading your review about this series, however, I’m super excited to check this out! 🙂 Happy reading! ♥

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