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Jul 31, 2020
Why would there be such a ship called Naglfar constructed out of human fingernails? That's because it has something to do with Ragnarok or the end of the world. After all, that is where the infamous trickster god Loki resides. The god has been responsible for the chaos in the Nordic World of mythology. 16-year-old Magnus Chase and his einherjar friends must defeat Loki to prevent Ragnarok by finding the ship. Magnus was once a teen experiencing homelessness living on the streets of Boston, Massachusetts. He has a dwarf and elf friend named Blitzen and Hearthstone, respectively, who are also once homeless. Then after falling off a bridge during his duel with the fire giant Surt, he died. He woke up in Valhalla, a place where dead heroes live after dying in combat to do training in the event Ragnarok comes. As an einherjar (undead heroes), he has other friends as well, who help him on his quests. Those quests have something to do with Loki. Loki was a perfidious god. He was a cheat and liar who would destroy the godly environments for absolutely no reason at all. Soon the gods grew tired and put Loki in prison forever by tying Loki up with his intestines. You may think that was it, right? But no. He escaped because one of his minions cut off his chains with the world's sharpest blade. Now Loki is sailing on Naglfar, and once Magnus and his gang defeat Loki, everything is back to normal, but the questers must face zombies, ghosts, giants, and harsh weather. This book is incredibly intriguing and is my favorite book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series not only because it is the last book of the series, but it also had a quality climax. For example, the part where Magnus faces Loki to me felt like I was part of the battle, because of the way the author Rick Riordan writes it makes me feel like the story is lively. Another thing I enjoyed about it is that it includes characters with many different backgrounds. Since everyone is undead, many people in Valhalla are from the past and present, meaning we get to see everybody's stories and a variety of different people all fighting against Loki. Also, this tells us that variety and diversity are very important in stories. A character's personality plays a huge role. The characters can be all funny, sarcastic, and disciplined at the same time, which is impressive when you are probably going to die. Here everything is thrilling. I enjoyed the adventures of Magnus Chase because of the intensity and characteristics of all three books in the series.