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The Hammer of Thor ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Hammer of Thor By Rick Riordan ⚣ – Thomashillier.co.uk Magnus Chase, you nearly started Ragnarok What are you going to do next It s been six weeks since Magnus and his friends returned from defeating Fenris Wolf and the fire giants Magnus has adjusted to Magnus Chase, you nearly started Ragnarok What are you going to do next It s been six weeks since Magnus and his friends returned from defeating Fenris Wolf and the fire giants Magnus has adjusted to life at the Hotel Valhalla as much as The Hammer PDF or a once homeless and previously alive kid can As a son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus doesn t exactly fit in with the rest of Odin s chosen warriors, but he has a few good peeps among his hallmates on floor nineteen, and he s been dutifully training for Ragnarok along with everyone else His days have settled into a new kind of normalBut Magnus should have known there s no such thing as normal in the Nine Worlds His friends Hearthstone and Blitzen have disappeared A new hallmate is creating chaos According to a very nervous goat, a certain object belonging to Thor is still missing, and the thunder god s enemies will stop at nothing to gain control of itTime to summon Jack, the Sword of Summer, and take action Too bad the only action Jack seems to be interested in is dates with other magical weapons.

    Free Unlimited eBook His friends Hearthstone and Blitzen have disappeared A new hallmate is creating chaos According to a very nervous goat, a certain object belonging to Thor is still missing, and the thunder god s enemies will stop at nothing to gain control of itTime to summon Jack, the Sword of Summer, and take action Too bad the only action Jack seems to be interested in is dates with other magical weapons."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 459 pages
  • The Hammer of Thor
  • Rick Riordan
  • English
  • 06 September 2018
  • 1423160924

About the Author: Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson the Olympians series Please follow him on Twitter and via his official blog.



10 thoughts on “The Hammer of Thor

  1. Christine Riccio Christine Riccio says:

    I finished it I LOVED IT OTIS IS MY FAV

  2. Jayson Jayson says:

    A 80% Very Good NotesFun if uneven, it runs in peaks and valleys a drag when didactic, but keenly climactic, fueled fire for the series finale.

  3. Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥ Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥ says:

    Just my luck, Grimwolf was happy to turn his attention to me When it comes to drawing aggro from ancient monsters, I ve got the golden touch No kidding Haha I won t even bother to try to make a list of the many ancient monsters Magnus pissed off in this book Suffice it to say it were many lol For some reason the gods seem to like him though so this is actually kind of funny and weird at the same time XDWell anyway, let s talk about the book This was such a typical Uncle Rick story aJust my luck, Grimwolf was happy to turn his attention to me When it comes to drawing aggro from ancient monsters, I ve got the golden touch No kidding Haha I won t even bother to try to make a list of the many ancient monsters Magnus pissed off in this book Suffice it to say it were many lol For some reason the gods seem to like him though so this is actually kind of funny and weird at the same time XDWell anyway, let s talk about the book This was such a typical Uncle Rick story and of course that immediately caused me to love every second of it I don t know how Uncle Rick does it but he has such an amazing imagination that everything seems to make sense even though it doesn t lol But then again I suppose that mythology is one of those things that rarely makes any sense and just the idea to use it as a basis for amazing fantasy books is actuallythan just brilliant Heimdall laughed You have no idea Once, I butt dialled the apocalypse So embarrassing I had to text everybody on my contact list, like, False alarm A lot of gods came running anyway I made this GIF of them charging up the Bifrost and then realizing there was no battle Priceless There, I said it Uncle Rick you re brilliant XD You re allowed to blush now, if that s your kind of thing PAnd speaking of things Another thing that s always nice about Riordan s books is that they are not only fast paced but have an amazing cast of diverse and multi layered characters They are certainly not your typical dwarf or elf and they all have very interesting and difficult background stories This time around we found outabout Hearth s past and Sam s life and to say those two sub plots were instructive would bethan just an understatement Poor Sam had to go through a lot in this book and even though it must have been tough she still managed to deal with it somehow Still, if she doesn t start to rebel against her father soon all her awesome and faithful friends won t be able to save her She has to want this change otherwise it won t work, so I really hope that she ll take heart and decide to get help from AlexShe was betrothed to Amir She loved the guy I would raise an army of einherjar, magic elves and well dressed dwarves and burn down Jotunheim before I let them coerce my friend And after mentioning Alex for the first time I can finally go into gushing mode I LOVE ALEX FIERRO 333What did you mean earlier I asked When you said Call me she I m gender fluid and transgender, idiot Look it up if you need to, but it s not my job to educate Thank you Uncle Rick Thank you for introducing us to a gender fluid character Alex is soo damn awesome I can t even I love her his character and I ll defend her him with my life if necessary She he is precious and must be protected at all costs Gosh, Uncle Rick I could kiss you for inventing Alex If you want to collect that kiss you ll have to come to Austria though lol Well, and if you re already at it, it wouldn t hurt if you d bring a signed copy of your book as well Just saying PMy pronouns are he and him, Alex confirmed And you can stop staring I wasn t I caught myself Arguing would ve been pointless.Also I love the idea that Alex might end up being Magnus love interest I mean it s pretty obvious that he likes her him All that blushing and feeling warm and fuzzy whenever she he is around is enough reason to expect a ship to sail And no, I m not talking about The Ship of the Dead even though I m pretty certain that we can expect THAT ship to sail as well lol Better don t think about it Dead peoples nails Ewww shudders Nope, I d rather like Alex s and Magnus ship to sail Thank you very much XDAll told The Hammer of Thor was another amazing adventure and I can t wait to read the final book of this trilogy Give me all those intriguing background stories, suspenseful fights, weird and awkward moments and an adorable ship to sail 3I want it all

  4. P P says:

    Otis, I said Shhh, he said I m incognito Call meOtis I m not sure that s how incognito works, but okay The Hammer of Thor is the second book of the series The book starts off with the quest which is about Magnus finding Thor s hammer He has to fight against the giants, his uncle and LOKI BIG BAD LOKI AWWWWIt looks promising, right And Alex is kinda kickass in this book I liked her character, but not that much Heart and Blitz are also my favorite characters, too I hav Otis, I said Shhh, he said I m incognito Call meOtis I m not sure that s how incognito works, but okay The Hammer of Thor is the second book of the series The book starts off with the quest which is about Magnus finding Thor s hammer He has to fight against the giants, his uncle and LOKI BIG BAD LOKI AWWWWIt looks promising, right And Alex is kinda kickass in this book I liked her character, but not that much Heart and Blitz are also my favorite characters, too I have lost count of the moments when I laughed and cried over them.So why didn t I give this book five stars Rick Riordan has done many things in these last ten years or so The things that made me a fan of him was his humor and wonderful idea The concept of Percy Jackson was new, fresh and vivid it was easy to love that series Then comes Carter and Percy Jackson season two Honestly, because I grow up or other reasons, I didn t enjoy them as fully as possible However, last year I gave the Magnus series a try and liked it a lot after that I had had high expectations for this second book, I read it with twinkling stars in my heart And then, nothing I felt nothing after I finished this book Although The Sword of Summer fired me up with its spectacular ending, The Hammer of Thor was another predicament Mjolnir is always getting misplaced I swear, Thor needs to have that hammer duct taped to his face Rick recycled his plot He polished the materials of his previous Percy books and mixed them up to be the new book showing before your eyes right now The whole story was predictable I d known since the begining that view spoiler Loki is to be released from his confinement hide spoiler As why I was not excited and so lazy to finish If I didn t get a lot of work to be done this weekend, I would put this book on hold until next month.However, I still liked this I want to knowabout Magnus and his friends chasing after Loki and stopping Ragnarok The next installment is going be mind blowing I know it.Anyway, I was so curious why Thor didn t beckon to his hammer as in the movieand it would come to his hand like this.https goo.gl 6ZnIQI

  5. C.G. Drews C.G. Drews says:

    I mean OBVIOUSLY I LOVED IT It s a Riordan book What other emotions is a reader to have except 40% laughing, 40% fangirling, and 20% thinking about falafel There is so much falafel appreciation here, by the way It s truly inspirational ANYWAY I definitely thought this was another exciting and captivating instalment although, still, like the first bookI think it got a bit rambly and I loved the newly introduced characters and I loved how whacky all the gods were And can we take a I mean OBVIOUSLY I LOVED IT It s a Riordan book What other emotions is a reader to have except 40% laughing, 40% fangirling, and 20% thinking about falafel There is so much falafel appreciation here, by the way It s truly inspirational ANYWAY I definitely thought this was another exciting and captivating instalment although, still, like the first bookI think it got a bit rambly and I loved the newly introduced characters and I loved how whacky all the gods were And can we take a moment to just appreciate HOW HILARIOUS THESE BOOKS ARE I LAUGH I LAUGH AND LAUGH.Ahem.So firstly, I have to yell about the characters There s just so much diversity here, that it s glorious Plus all the secondary characters are enormously interesting and complex with a good dollop of TRAGIC 3 Magnus of course remains a top favouritealthough at times this might seem weird to say he nearly felt like a secondary character in this story It was honestlyabout Loki s children and Magnus is child of Frey soYEAH But he has tons of sassy quips, he s such a sarcastic dork, and he gets a terrible haircut So lovely Sam is still AWESOME although totally stubborn which gets them into a bit of puddles Also I think it s adorable how in love she is with her betrothed Muslim boy, Amir And I m still so insanely impressed there s no romance between her and Magus YAAAAS I also loved the introduction of Alex Fierrobut I was worried for a bit Alex comes in really rude and snipy and, gah, I was just worried BUT THEN ALEX ENDS UP BEING COMPLETELY AWESOME AND I LOVE ALEX Also Alex is gender fluid, but goes by he she pronouns depending on the day And like, I hope this is okay to say, but I really appreciated the open and blunt discussions on gender fluidity I think that d be really helpful for kids who have questions or maybe are discovering things about their sexuality identity themselves to be able to just read how Alex experiences their gender fluidity OUTRIGHT without people being angry all the time at discussing it Also Alex is a shape shifting child of Loki so, like awesome is just in the top percentiles here SORRY I HAVE A SLIGHT SOFT SPOT FOR LOKI EVEN THOUGH HE S EVIL HERE BUT HE S ALSO TOM HIDDLESTON SO YEAH I love the Sam Magnus Alex trio And of course we won t forget Hearth and Blitz the trusty sidekicks The dynamics, banter, and adventures surrounding them were awesome.Also no romance wOOO I have a feeling it ll be Magnus Alex eventually Magnus has done a lot of staring and kind of dropped his brain when he saw Alex in a really nice dress SO I predict.but so far, I would still say No romance for this book.And I appreciate all the pop culture references too IT S HILARIOUS Although the book will be seriously dated in 10 years, but whatever When gods are taking selfies and watching Netflix, I m just going to be over here enjoying myself okay As for the actual plot It was like 80% awesome and 20%this is kind of a needless side tour and why are we doing this get to the point mateawkward The quests in this case, to find Thor s hammer are always ramblybut sometimes I just want to CUT TO THE CHASE hahhahhahaa get itMagnus Chase HAHAH Yeah I ll shut up instead of having a bowling competition with some giants What can I say I m impatient.But we still methilarious ludicrous gods Includingabout Thor who s addicted to Netflix, and the guy who guards the bridge I m sorryNorse spelling me dead being super into selfies OH and we getof Hearth s backstory and it s super tragic POOR ELF.ALL IN ALL It was a fabulously awesome hilarious and engaging story I kept getting interrupted every time I sat down to read and YEAH I M GONNA START CHUCKING HAMMERS IN A SECOND TOO I weep 2 tears for the rambly plot and shout 8 hurrahs for how much I snickered And then I ll just go pet the cover because the font is slightly raised and shiny and I m in love with it Book dragon, yo QUOTES Where have you been the last month and a half Her shoulders tightened My workload this semester has been killing me I m tutoring kids after school Then, as you might remember, there s my part time job reaping souls of the dead and running top secret mission for Odin You kids today and your busy schedules Why doesn t Thor go check this barrow himself I asked Waitlet me guess He doesn t want to draw attention Or he wants us to have a chance to be heroes Or it s hard work and he has some shows to catch up on To be fair, Otis said, the new season of Jessica Jones did just start streaming I flung him overhead Jack spiralled out of view, flying after the goat killer while singing his own version of Shake It Off I have never been able to convince him that the line isn t cheese graters gonna grate, grate, grate, grate, grateWhere s the gold I demanded Don t make me unleash my sword s playlist Etiquette tip if you re looking for the right time to leave a party, when the host yells No one leaves here alive, that s your cue Your horn is a phone Amir asked I think technically it s a phablet, Heimdall said But, yes, this is Gjallar, the Horn and or Phablet of Doomsday I blow this baby once, the gods know there s trouble in Asgard and they come running I blow it twice, then it s Ragnarok, baby He seemed delighted by the idea that he could signal the start of the final battle that destroyed the Nine Worlds Most of the time, I just use it for photos and texting and whatnot That s not scary at all, Alex said.Heimdall laughed You have no idea Once, I butt dialled the apocalypse So embarrassing I had to text everybody on my contact lists, like, False alarmA lot of gods came running anyway I made this GIF of them charging up the Bifrost and then realising there was no battle Priceless

  6. Simona Bartolotta Simona Bartolotta says:

    At this point, most people would have thrown themselves down on the ground and given up hope And by most people, I mean me I know that I have already raved plenty about how much I love this author and his characters, but Magnus Chase defies all standards of cutie pie ness and adorable ness and funny ness and whatnot You just cannot not love the kid And guess what OBVIOUS FACT ALERT cit I love him So now that we got the Obvious Fact out of the way, I should start listing all the rea At this point, most people would have thrown themselves down on the ground and given up hope And by most people, I mean me I know that I have already raved plenty about how much I love this author and his characters, but Magnus Chase defies all standards of cutie pie ness and adorable ness and funny ness and whatnot You just cannot not love the kid And guess what OBVIOUS FACT ALERT cit I love him So now that we got the Obvious Fact out of the way, I should start listing all the reasons why if you love Riordan and his previous books, you ll love this one too, and then those why if you have never read anything of his, you ll love it anyway But I won t, partly because many of them already are in my review of The Sword of Summer, first book in The Gods of Asgard series, and partly because they can beor less summed up in this sort of epiphany I had right after finishing this book I think that when Riordan writes a new book, the world becomes a little better place His books are fun and hilarious They are also utterly brilliant and full of mythology yup, you might not have figured it out but that is kind of the point , which is cool and instructive for the children and a real treat for the mythology history this kind of stuff freaks, and I know it first hand now because I m currently studying for a Germanic philology course and, being able to being up on all the gazillion references Priceless Plus, while they entertain you and teach you all this great stuff, they also manage to tackle some sensitive and topical issue on the side Impossible, you say People, meet Alex Fierro I m gender fluid and transgender, idiot And not only is Alex a great character as she as said, Alex is gender fluid, but since in most of the scenes she appears as a female, I ll use this pronoun for convenience and because she made it clear that she doesn t do they represents diversity in such an unusual and compelling and absolutely perfect way, she is also likeable, relatable, kick ass and a million shades of splendid I also appreciated how the magical element intervenes in Alex s characterization she s a shape shifter, so she can be male one minute and female the next Brilliant And she and Magnus actually talk about what it means for her to be gender fluid and how she feels about it I think this is all theperfect and astonishing when you consider that The Hammer of Thor is the second instalment in a middle grade series We needwriters like Rick Riordan.Plus, I ship Alex and Magnus so hard you can t imagine And now yes, a couple of quotes for you because I m not that cold hearted The dragon s mouth opened wide, revealing several extra rows of teeth just in case the outer row of teeth didn t kill me dead enough Hearth finger spelled K E N N I N G What s that I asked.Samirah edged a little closer to the inscription A kenning is a Viking nickname You, mean like Hey, Kenning How s it going My professor would have killed you so much, Magnus Dagfinn looked at me apologetically It s a Thing thing You wouldn t understand Stop that, I told my brain Also, the wedding is tomorrow, said my brain Get out of my head.My brain refused to get out of my head Inconsiderate brain I think it s time you met Percy And that must TOTALLY happen in the next book Thumbs up for the incoming crossover happy dance PRE READINGSo, book, this is what I want from you Oh gods sorry, wrong gif mpfff okay, that s funny, but no Yes Yes, that s what I want Evil Loki reigns

  7. April April says:

    YAAASSSSS Magnus Chase is going to meet Percy Jackson My two faves

  8. ambsreads ambsreads says:

    Otis and his brother, Marvin, pulled the god s chariot They also provided Thor with a never ending supply of goat meat Each night, Thor killed and ate them for dinner Each morning, Thor resurrected them This is why you should go to college, kids so when you grow up you do not have to take a job as a magical goatRick Riordan s books are always some of my favourite books to read so Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor is no exception That being said, it was even better than the first boOtis and his brother, Marvin, pulled the god s chariot They also provided Thor with a never ending supply of goat meat Each night, Thor killed and ate them for dinner Each morning, Thor resurrected them This is why you should go to college, kids so when you grow up you do not have to take a job as a magical goatRick Riordan s books are always some of my favourite books to read so Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor is no exception That being said, it was even better than the first book The Magnus Chase series feels different from Rick Riordan s other books as well, I m not sure if it s because Norse mythology is a whole lotintense or because he uses a series of diverse characters, but it is beyond enjoyable to read This book got so good that I stopped taking notes and recording quotes for my review because I had been excitedly telling people about this series and running around screaming Accurate representation of me Now, what else can I say I don t even know what to say because I just dove straight into this book and if you have read the first one it may be the best plan of attack Diversity I will talk about diversity Now, I noticed the other month when I joined Twitter for a short period of time people wanted diverse representations in YA fiction The Hammer of Thor has this diversity How You may ask Well, first we have Samirah al Abbas who is a Muslim character in the Norse world but also believes fully in Allah Sam s religion plays a large part in this series, with her prayers even being mentioned throughout this book I studied Islam religion for two years in high school, so it is interesting to be able to use information I learnt in school to help me understand the book further However, Sam was in the first book so she isn t that big of a shock The big shock of this book is Rick Riordan introducing the first gender fluid character in his books, Alex Fierro I can say so much about Alex, but they were honestly my favourite character throughout this book The fact that the pronouns were instantly taken on, whether Alex wanted to be called she he, was amazing I just loved it Now, I should probably talk about the plot and the world building Everything in this book is just perfect The fact that we have Magnus witty sense of humour and other characters The fact that Magnus makes mistakes and screams in situations The fact that Magnus sucks at sword fighting Now, that is just Magnus The rest of the characters are developed so much further in this book This book doesn t suffer from second book syndrome.The plot was completely action packed I m not sure there was a page where something wasn t happening, or if there was it was a chapter filled with humour that had me laughing incredibly loudly I mean the way that Rick winds his words together, because Magnus, is in fact, Annabeth s cousin, is beautifulI d even had a mind melting conversation with my cousin Annabeth about the Greek gods who hung out in New York and made her life difficult Apparently North America was lousy with ancient gods We had a full blown infestationI m not even sure what else to say, this whole review is a complete mess I am a mess I love this series so much I think the only thing that could have made this book better if our Thor waslike this You can t live in my household, where my mum is so obsessed with Thor Chris Hemsworth that our dog got named Thor, without loving the man too Overall, this book is a masterpiece and is definitely on my favourites of 2016 list

  9. Natalie Monroe Natalie Monroe says:

    Nice Natalie I don t like that we re always here these days with Riordan s books.Cynical Natalie Maybe if he wrote quality material, we wouldn t be here Exhibit A the plot Hello, quest with sidekicks narrative 65.0.Nice Natalie Oh, come on, you liked the plot You laughed a bunch of times.Cynical Natalie I laugh at Vines, but that doesn t mean they deserve an Oscar What about Hearthstone s dad view spoiler They basically left him there, half mad and terrorizing his guests hide spoi Nice Natalie I don t like that we re always here these days with Riordan s books.Cynical Natalie Maybe if he wrote quality material, we wouldn t be here Exhibit A the plot Hello, quest with sidekicks narrative 65.0.Nice Natalie Oh, come on, you liked the plot You laughed a bunch of times.Cynical Natalie I laugh at Vines, but that doesn t mean they deserve an Oscar What about Hearthstone s dad view spoiler They basically left him there, half mad and terrorizing his guests hide spoiler That plot thread is so loose, people keep mistaking it for the word lose Nice Natalie They were on a tight schedule I m sure they ll get back to it next book.Cynical Natalie And don t even get me started on the ending.Nice Natalie Oh boy, here we go takes cover Cynical NatalieI think it s time you met PercyPercy Fucking Jackson He has to be dragged into every damn series, every damn mythology now, does he We all know why The Kane Chronicles bombed without Percy The fans want Percy, so Riordan s going to keep extending the franchise and stabbing Easter eggs in places Poseidon s son has no business being.And people are eating it up Oh, my God, hardly anyone is complaining about this Why are we sitting by and letting this blatant fanservice sneak by Nice Natalie Maybe because, like us, they squealed with delight during that part and maybe because, like us, it s the main reason they re excited for the next book.Cynical Natalie Shut up Nice Natalie Can we talk about the good stuff now There s a transgender and gender fluid love interest How awesome is that Cynical Natalie Yes, and the reveal was about as subtle as a haddock to the face Sam told us outright that she s transgender It s lazy writing.Nice Natalie It s a middle grade book A good portion of adults don t understand the gender spectrum beyond gay, lesbian, and bisexual This way, the message clearly comes across Culture appropriation is mentioned, too It seems as though Riordan is finally getting a handle on this diversity thing It felt a little for show in The Hidden Oracle, but here, we get to see Sam pray and interact with her culture Nothing against Muslim Americans who don t feel strongly about their religion, of course, but in the wake of the election and all these hate crimes going on, it s nice to see a Muslim American character who indulges in these belief and still be portrayed positively She s someone we can root for, not a fear monger s terrorist This line is beautifulI wondered how Inge felt about being required to show her tail at all times Was it a source of pride to show her identity , or did it feel like a punishmentRespectful, thoughtful while leaving room for personal consideration Cynical Natalie You think you have me beat, don t you Nice Natalie Nice girls don t engage in competition, but yes.Cynical Natalie Fuck you.Nice Natalie I love you, too.My review of The Sword of SummerMy review of The Ship of the DeadOther Nice Natalie Cynical Natalie brawls reviews The Fault in Our StarsA Girl Like YouIf I StayDreams of Gods MonstersThe MartianMe and Earl and the Dying GirlCatching FireAll The RageAn Ember In The AshesHarry Potter the Cursed ChildCaravalWarcross

  10. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    Thor s lost his dang hammer again Loki is scheming and causing trouble, again 3.5 stars Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature The god Thor has lost his hammer again, but this time it s even worse the giant Thrym has gotten hold of it and has hidden it away where no one else can reach it If the hammer isn t returned to Thor quickly, enemies of Asgard will take advantage of their weakness and attack, triggering Ragnarok, the battle at the end of the world, and bringing massive deat Thor s lost his dang hammer again Loki is scheming and causing trouble, again 3.5 stars Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature The god Thor has lost his hammer again, but this time it s even worse the giant Thrym has gotten hold of it and has hidden it away where no one else can reach it If the hammer isn t returned to Thor quickly, enemies of Asgard will take advantage of their weakness and attack, triggering Ragnarok, the battle at the end of the world, and bringing massive death and destruction in the Nine Worlds.Loki the trickster, who has been chained up by the other gods as punishment for his misdeeds, visits Magnus Chase in a dream Loki gets around pretty well in dreamland He tells Magnus that he s worked out a deal to get Thor s hammer back all Magnus has to do is bring Thrym a certain bride for a wedding in five days, along with the bride price, and Thrym will give back the hammer as his wedding gift.There are just a few problems with this plan The intended bride is the Valkyrie Samirah, Magnus friend and Loki s daughter, who is already engaged to another man and, by the way, has absolutely no interest in marrying a giant The bride price that Magnus is supposed to bring to the giant is the magical Skofnung Sword, hidden in a mummified Danish king s tomb and protected by zombie Viking guards And certainly not least is the fact that Loki certainly has a scheme, his own devious reason for brokering this deal if only Magnus could figure out what it is But Magnus doesn t see any choice but to go along with the plan, at least for now Luckily he has his friends Samirah, Blitzen the fashion forward dwarf, and the elf Hearthstone to help him, as well as a new acquaintance, Alex Fierro, the latest addition to the halls of Valhalla The Hammer of Thor 2016 doesn t diverge from Rick Riordan s formula of mythological gods and smart aleck half blood children who are sent off on various quests and adventures in each book, but Riordan excels at telling a fast paced, humorous adventure Magnus talkative sword Sumarbrander, the Sword of Summer fondly known as Jack is back in full force, chatting with Magnus, flying through the air to fight enemies all by himself, and ill advisedly falling in love with the lovely and deadly Skofnung Sword Samirah and Hearthstone both becomefully fleshed out characters, as we get to knowabout their lives and backgrounds, particularly when we visit Hearthstone s family home in Alfheim Thor s hammer strikes me as a bit of a MacGuffin, an object whose primary function is to advance the plot, and, entertaining as it was, I m not certain the overarching plot of this series was advanced much in this middle book While the plot is amusing and we explore a fewof the Nine Worlds, the entire book struck me as a rather elaborate way to set up just one particular event that occurs toward the end.The most notable difference from his earlier books is that Riordan is making an appreciable effort to includediverse characters, particularly in the MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD series Magnus is a formerly homeless teen, Hearthstone the elf is deaf, and Magnus s closest companion is Samirah, a devout Muslim Now in The Hammer of Thor we meet the gender fluid Alex, whose self identification as either male or female can change from day to day Like Samirah, Alex is a child of the trickster god Loki, who in the traditional Norse legends was able to change his sex he often disguised himself as a woman So it does make sense for Loki to have a gender fluid child There s a slightly clunky lecturing tone to Magnus discussions with Alex about respecting Alex s current gender choice and calling Alex by the gender he she currently identifies as, but overall this somewhat touchy subject is handled sensitively and in a way that most will consider appropriate for its intended age group of readers.The MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD series is generally light hearted and humorous, though it does include a fair amount of violence and mayhem, in a nod to the warlike Viking culture that inspires this series Most of the time the violence is played for comic effect, so it s not likely to traumatize any but the most sensitive readers The Hammer of Thor is a solid story it might not appeal to readers who are tired of Riordan s formula, but it will almost certainly please the Riordan fan in your house I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review Thank you

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