Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Doomsday is coming...



Doomsday is coming...




I was very kindly sent the novel 'Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer' to read and review, my initial thoughts were that the blurb sounded interesting (Vikings, Gods, monsters and such).

The blurb:
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving on his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he's never met - a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die... 

I've been really into the supernatural and fantasy novels lately, I've read some really interesting novels and this one was no exception. It was a great and humorous read which made it enjoyable, I love the author's writing style, it was very sarcastic. Oh I should mention the author of this book (Rick Riordan) is also the guy who wrote The Percy Jackson Chronicles!

I loved the characters in this novel, the protagonist Magnus Chase (such a cool name) is the one who uses a lot of sarcasm, and just brings the book to life, even though he is dead...my attempt at creating an oxymoron. I also loved the elf's and dwarf's you come across, alongside the valkyrie's, they all make a great team. I love being transported to a world where weird and wonderful things exist, okay so mostly weird... and terrifying, but still slightly wonderful. If you count a talking severed head as wonderful.

When I first began the book I originally thought it was for younger readers, as the reviews in the front page were from young ages, but upon reading I learned that it was also suitable for my age range (19) as I thoroughly enjoyed it!! Some of the words were tricky (the God's names), but half of the time I'd just make them up.

I found the book very informative, as I really didn't know that much about Gods/Vikings before reading, but now I can say I know much more, even if I can't pronounce the names. So if you want to indulge in some historical knowledge and myths, here's your book!

I really recommend this book, it's great for escapism, if you want to zone out of reality and enter a world (well actually, there's Nine Worlds in this book, so if you can handle that, keep reading), pick this book up, it's a worthwhile read!



P.S. The angel prop had nothing to do with me creating anymore oxymorons, I know the book centres on death, it was just the nearest prop I reached for. Honestly...

You can buy the book here.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Udd_tbbtBhE

Do you like the sound of this novel, would it be something you're interested in? Let me know in the comments! XOXO B.
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42 comments

  1. I don't think a rick Riordan book can do a fantasy or mythical fan any wrong. I'm not a huge fan of the genre, I'll be honest, but the premise sounds extremely interesting! And oxymora for the win!

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  2. Sounds like an interesting book. I am a huge fan of a good fantasy book. So, this one looks like a good read for me :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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  3. I've never heard of this book before but it sounds amazing! Really interesting :)
    Ramsha | Rose
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  4. My copy of this book has just been dispatched to me, and I can't wait for it to arrive. I've been a fan of Rick Riordan's since I read his Percy Jackson series and just know this is going to be another series that is amazing, so far he's done, Greek god's , Egyptian god's, mixed Greek and Roman god's to continue his Percy series and now this series.

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    Leann
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    1. Aw good!! And wow I deffo need to read more of his books, they all sound so interesting x
      Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky

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  5. This looks super interesting... and DEFINITELY the kind of book I read.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I like your photos. I need to read more

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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  7. I really need to read this book ...It looks awesome :)
    Great post xxx
    Fab Daisy 11 ~ http://fabdaisy11.blogspot.com.mt/

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    1. Aw thank you Daisy, and yes you do haha!! xxx

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  8. I usually don't read fantasy books but recently I have read a couple of them and I really enjoyed it. Just like you, I was reading a book that I felt might be directed at a younger audience but I still found it very interesting and I sometimes prefer reading teenage books - they make the world seem a bit easier. ;) xx

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    1. Looks like we've been in the same boat then haha, and yes I agree! xx
      Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky

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  9. I love the sound of Magnus! I've not actually heard of this author and I'm always looking for new books to add to my list so will definitely be looking into this.

    Musings & More

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  10. Hey :) I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I love your blog and would love for you to get involved xox

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    1. Aw thank you so much that's soooo nice of you!!! xxxx

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  11. Hey there! Just wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! :)

    Here’s my post: http://thesixthdisneyprincess.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-versatile-blogger-award.html

    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

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  12. Sounds like an interesting read. Your photography is great by the way :) x

    The Belle Narrative

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  13. Wonderful post! Have a nice day:)

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  14. It seems such a good book, I love the kinds that transport you into a complete new world!

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  15. This sounds like every interesting book, thanks for the info!

    xoxo Emily
    http://www.ditchtheheels.com

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  16. Wonderful post! I love the pics:)

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  17. this sounds really great! I might give it a read :)

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  18. Great post dear! I love your blog:)

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  19. It sounds extremely interesting, I would loooove to read more ;)
    Thanks for sharing, girlie.
    xox Nadia
    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. My friend loves Percy Jackson so I'll have to tell her about this book!
    Aleeha xXx

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  21. The cover looks so fascinating. I thought it would be about werwwolves from the cover. I love fantasy!

    -http://wildfirecharm.blogspot.com

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    1. I love it! And yes it does include werewolves I probably should have included that in my review hahaha;) xxxxx

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