The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2)
By: Rick Riordan
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase
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.
And here we are, the second book in the Magnus Chase trilogy. I bought books 1 and 2 roughly around the same time, figured best not wait between books 🙂 Plus, there’s something about the colour of this book that was appealing…as well as the title of the book 😛
Well, the premise of this book was a bit more interesting and complex than the previous one, I found, a bit complex with lots of personal stakes amongst the man charactes we the readers were introduced in the first book tied in to the return of Thor’s hammer. More Norse mythology was covered, more of the Nine Worlds is explored, more people in the lives of these characters are introduced into the fray as well as old allies and characters return. There’s a sense of a build-up happened here, and the end of this novel left me not only wondering how everything is going to play out but also excited as it appears this world of mythology is about to expand in a totally awesome way in the last book 😉 (ugh, it’s just too good to even mention a whiff of it here).
Having said that, well, I mean, if you enjoyed the first book you’ll enjoy this book. I mentioned in my first review that I didn’t love the characters the way I loved Percy Jackson and his group of friends and allies. In this book it’s more of the same, even with the introduction of new characters. And again there were these lulled moments between major events that didn’t leave me in any great hurry to finish reading the book per se and find out what happened next.
Overall, in a way I enoyed The Hammer of Thor more than the first installment, and in a way it left me with the same feelings as the first novel. I am however a wee bit more excited for the final installment in the series after reading that last chapter! 🙂