Magnus Chase And The Hammer Of Thor
By Rick Riordan
The Hammer Of Thor is the second book in the Gods Of Asgard series, click here for my review of the first book, The Sword Of Summer.
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.
Summary from Goodreads.
I do not know why I expected anything different from The Hammer Of Thor, with it being the 16th book written in this mythology shared universe. We have seen how the story will progress unfold as we have seen it done before, numerous times.
My main gripe with The Hammer Of Thor being the ‘humour’. It’s not that I don’t like humour, I personally make way too many jokes; but in The Hammer of Thor they seemed very forced with what seemed like one made on every other sentence. Also I did not find the jokes anywhere near funny, I actually found them very irritating.
Like I said before, the plot is nothing new. I found myself never surprised by the plot-twists and constantly wanting for something different than what I was getting.
Also, I do not know if it is just me, but I am starting to get sick of how Riordan is portraying the gods and goddesses in these series (not just this series). It seems like Riordan enjoys making a mockery of them, which I do know existed in the Percy Jackson series but not to the level that they are occurring in this series. I am fine with him taking some leeway around how they act but for me it has gotten to the point of insulting that he could actually consider writing anyone like this. The only character that seems realistic is Loki (with me imagining him as Tom Hiddleston obviously), he has a great balance of appropriate humour with being serious and knowing when to act in situations.
If you absolutely love Rick Riordans books, you probably have already read this; but if you have not, I would recommend reading his Percy Jackson series first as this has a surprising amount of tie-in to the other series.
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