Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

I was introduced to the Percy Jackson series when I was 11, and even then, I admired Rick Riordan. That admiration did not decreased after reading the Heroes of Olympus. However, I've got to candidly admit, I was a bit disappointed by his writing in Norse mythology. I feel that the voice of Percy describing his adventure among the Greek mythological characters is best suited for him; Percy's adventure was better than this.

'See you tonight, kid!' Hunding headed for the door. 'I got things to eat - I mean do. Try not to kill yourself before dinner!'

This isn't a heroic start: a lame one, actually. But it quits the plot perfectly. Magnus Chase was woken up from his sleep at some lunatic who said, 'They're after you.' He was forced to listen to his obnoxious uncle informing that Magnus' father was a Norse god. Just like Percy's story, the gods prepared for war, and if Magnus does not find his father's sword, Doomsday arrives. Basic idea: repeat Percy's adventure, or you'll get to see the consequences.

'Magnus Chase!' he bellowed. 'Rise and impress us with your courage!'

Candour came third in my aptitude test, so um..... Well, this was a bit eccentric. The outline of the plot corresponds with Rick's previous works on Greek mythology; it's more like Riordan plagiarised his own book. I don't know - deja vu? Let me brief you with the positive features of this book.

The humour has not vanished whatsoever. It is still as funny as the other books, still making us laugh at those witty jokes. This is one of the reasons I love this author. As a girl who lacks the skill to crack good jokes, liking this quality is inevitable. Then there is the plot: I know I said the plot was similar to that of Percy Jackson, but I liked it. Who said anything about not liking it? And the characters: Magnus Chase is not the best, but he is an amiable character. The characters I did not like were Annabeth, albeit she was a minor character, and Sam.

Moving on to the negative side, I learnt a lot about Greek mythology by reading Percy Jackson. However, I can't say I learnt much about Norse mythology here. Aside from that, it was so similar to the other series. There was lack of rhythmic excitement throughout the book - brilliant scenes pop up sporadically. But my problem was this: Why is Annabeth here? I had enough of her in the Percy Jackson series. She is Magnus' cousin! It's surreal, you know, to have two cousins in two different mythologies. And some dialogues are weird.
Her hand fell from her axe.
I don't think in pictures, which is precisely the reason why I'm bad at art, but ventured to do it after reading this line. And I don't think I'll ever think in pictures again - metaphorically or literally.
'I tried the Find My Hammer app, but it doesn't work!'
Please speculate who said that... No? Why it's Thor! I really think the author needs not blend too much technology into mythology.

All the more, I liked it, but a little disappointed as my expectations were different. And I guess everyone is fated to deal with the nonsense.
Wrongly chosen, wrongly slain,
A hero Valhalla cannot contain.
Nine days hence the sun must go east,
Ere Sword of Summer unbinds the beast.

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