Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

“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.”

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey guys! Meaghan here again with another review! I picked Hammer of Thor up the day it hit the shelves (as well as a signed copy of Replica, but that’s for later) and was so excited I read it right away! Review below!

“Just like the good old days: marching together into the unknown, searching for missing magical weapons and risking painful death.”

Stars (Out of 10): 7/5/10 Stars

Overall Thoughts: While I did enjoy the first book more, I still really liked this installment of the series. The humor felt a bit too immature at points though, and semi repetitive at points. This is a kids series though, so I don’t judge too harshly on that aspect. I did enjoy the plot for the most part, but there seemed to be a few too many “distractions” from the main plot. I also enjoyed exploring the Norse World more, and learning more about the characters, as well as the introduction of new ones. I’m hoping I like the third book more, but overall, I enjoyed this one.

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE

The Good: The book seems a tad more realistic when dealing with diversity (how Alex reacts to others, as well as explaining the Muslim aspects of Sam’s life). I also enjoyed learning more about Hearthstone, since he seems to be a really interesting characters with a pretty troubled past.

The Bad: I disliked the humor in this book compared to the last one, as it felt much more immature. I’m also a tad fed up with how immature all these Norse gods are (Heimdall and Thor mainly. All I seem to know is that Heimdall takes selfies, and can sometimes see things if convinced to.) There also seems to be a complete lack of interest in stopping Ragnarok for some of them. I also feel there was a bit too many ‘distractions’, too many side quests taking away from the main plot.

The Characters: I enjoyed the growth we saw in these. While Jack is getting a bit repetitve, we see Magnus become more okay with all these Norse guys, Hearthstone gets his backstory and time to shine, as well as the introduction of Alex, who might be an interesting twist in the dynamic of these friends. I’m also glad that the hallmates continue to be shown, and that Valhalla isn’t entirely forgotten about in Magnus’s quest to save the world.

The Plot: Compared to book 1, this fell a bit flat to me, as the ending was a tad rushed since so much of the book was taken up by side quest after side quest. The “death prophecy” about Magnus’ friends and Blitz as well also seemd way too easily brushed off. “Oh hey look you’re gonna die and we can’t stop it!!!” turned into “Oh hey if we take this super long and possibly dangerous detour then we can!!!!” in like 2 minutes.

The Favorite Character: Hearthstone!!

Buy it, Borrow it, or Bin it: Buy it

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