Title: The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard, #2) by Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Format: Hardcover, 471 pages
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology
Synopsis: 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.
Once again Rick Riordan has done it, this was a great continuation of the Magnus Chase trilogy, there was great world building, great character development, and introduced wonderful new characters. This was definitely a step up from book one in the series, and as always was full of humor.
This book did a really great job at expanding the nine worlds, it was fascinating seeing him explore new places, like Alfheim, was very different from the other worlds we’ve seen so far. Something that I thought was unique about Alfheim is a how you get in, the fact that you have to drop into it, this makes me curious to learn more about the other worlds.
Along with great world-building, there was also great character development in many of the main characters. Our main character Magnus has a lot of development from book one to book two, his understanding of the Norse is definitely improved, and he’s also more experienced in fighting in general which is really shown in this book, Magnus is an amazing character, I love that unlike many of Rick’s other main character he isn’t a fighter, he’s not the type that will charge into battle and be completely experienced with a sword, I feel this makes him relatable.
I was very glad that we got to delve deeper into Hearthstone’s past and everything that he’s been through, I feel like this helped him start his healing process, and I’m excited to see how this will continue in the final book in the series. In this book were introduced to a new character in the beginning of the book names Alex, she was a very intriguing character especially being gender fluid (I’m referring to Alex as female in this review, because even though Alex is both male and female at different times out the book, throughout most of the book Alex was a female). I did sense a potential relationship that could form between Magnus and Alex which could potentially develop some over the final book.
The Norse world I feel is very vast and complex, so I was surprised that there were only three books in this series. I’m very fascinated to see where all the storylines from book one, and were introduced in The Hammer of Thor, be resolved in the final book in the trilogy The Ship of the Dead.