Warning: If you have not read “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead” by Rick Riordan, beware of spoilers if you wish to read this review!
I’m back with another book review, and this time it’s “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead” by Rick Riordan! I’ve already read the first two books and those were incredibly fun to read, so I’m happy to finally finish this trilogy with the third book! Here’s a summary so we know what it’s about:
“Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?”
All the plotlines get nicely finished up in this book, which I’m really happy about it. Sometimes there is the risk of certain plotlines (both main and sideplots) not getting finished in something as tight as a trilogy, but thankfully there are no holes that are left undone here. One of my favourite sideplots was definitely Hearthstone’s plot involving him and having to finish off his father, and therefore end things between them. When it came to the pacing of the plots, I thought it was actually quite fine, especially given that there were quite a few sideplots to finish. None of them felt rushed to finish, and they also helped to supplement the main plot of defeating Loki, which was really fun.
I think one of the strongest scenes in the book was Magnus defeating Loki in a flyting duel. The way Magnus was able to turn the battle around by using positivity and the power of friendship to defeat Loki was just so heartwarming and incredibly fun. I don’t know if I can fully describe how wholesome it is—you have to read it for yourself to see!
Magnus and Alex both getting together romantically was so nice to see, because it felt natural and it developed so well over time. Both of them had their times to bond, their conflicts, and their times to resolve the conflicts they had as well. I’m not really sure how else to describe this romance, but it was very, very sweet and definitely worth reading.
As for other characters, it was nice to see Annabeth and Percy from the “Percy Jackson” series show up for a brief bit and offer their support, and it was definitely fun reading T.J., Hearthstone and Blitzen. Loki himself also had some really hilarious (and also horrible, as he’s the villain) moments throughout the book as well. All of the characters were actually quite entertaining to read, and this might be the first time in a while that I’m saying this if I’ve said it before in a past review, but I don’t really have any complaints about character development here. All of the main ones got their development, and all the side characters were fun to read even if they necessarily weren’t as developed. Even the ones that only appeared in a few chapters were fun to read, too!
Overall, this book gets 5 out of 5 stars! I’m glad this trilogy finished on a high note, and overall I’m giving this trilogy 5 out of 5 stars! It’s definitely worth reading all three, and if you do, be prepared for a lot of randomness, lots of adventure, a lot of diverse characters, lots of Norse mythology and lots of fun!