Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer is the first book I've read by Rick Riordan, although I must admit to watching the 2 movies based on the Percy Jackson books.
Magnus Chase has been living on the streets of Boston for the last 2 years since his mother was killed. On this his 16th birthday he learns who his father is, dies and becomes an accidental hero who only succeeds with the help of his friends! Magnus has special abilities and that means people want to use him to get what they want. However, Magnus has a steady heart and is not easily swayed. So into the fray he and his friends leap - their adventuring leads them to battle with giants and dwarves, wolves and valkalyries.
I really enjoyed this and think that Magnus is a likeable hero, I'm looking forward to the next book.
This is a chunky book with 595 pages for Magnus and then the bonus of a short Percy Jackson story.
Rating is 8/10
By Mrs Silver-Hessey