Review: The Hammer of Thor

Posted 26 January, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

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 πŸ™‚ Plus, there’s something about the colour of this book that was appealing…as well as the title of the book πŸ˜›

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 πŸ˜‰ (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! πŸ™‚

Rating: ★★★½☆

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2 Responses to “Review: The Hammer of Thor”

  1. I must admit, I’m putting off reading this one. I love Riordan’s work but I did not dig the first novel. It was fine, there’s nothing wrong with it, I just didn’t *feel* it, you know? I guess because it’s Percy Jackson’s inferior cousin? lol this is probably my least favourite series of his, bums me out a bit.

    • I hear you, I dunno if I set the bar too high going into it–what could go wrong? Norse mythology and all–but yeah, the magic wasn’t the same compared to the Percy Jackson books. Sorry to hear it’s probably your least favourite series by him. Have you read the Kane Chronicles? That’s the only books by him I haven’t read to date.

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