Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2
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.
I enjoyed this sequel far more than I enjoyed the first book.
Thor’s hammer is lost, Loki is up to no good and a new einherjar to figure out are just a few of the key plot points. The last is perhaps my favorite – Riordan has nothing but grace when it comes to tackling some sensitive and topical issues. Alex Fierro is possibly the best part, and in my opinion is what really made me enjoy this sequel.
Alex is a great character, a child of Loki and gender fluid. For me this was such an interesting perspective to tie into the series. Riordan impressed me with his ability to incorporate an interesting conversation on gender roles and diversity into this series about Norse mythology. She’s (since most of the time Alex is a female) kick-ass, likeable and a great foil to Magnus.
When I first picked up this series I wasn’t too impressed with the first book, I found it a little lackluster and too much of the same formula as the Percy Jackson series. Consider me a changed person, because I am looking forward to the next installment!