I am a bit behind on my pick of the week, but once again I forgot that Rick Riordan‘s newest release, The Sword of Summer, was coming out. I know I am way, way too old for them, but they are fun. I really like the quest storylines, and the mythology is presented in a way that is not overwhelming. The humor can sometimes be, well, a bit juvenile, but then I remember it is written for juveniles and move on. This one is the first book of the new Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series.
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man 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 . . .
On the news front, Rick Riordan has announced that the second book will be released next October, and it will be called The Hammer of Thor. And, there is another new five book series in the works that will feature Apollo, who has been cast out of Olympus by Zeus and lands in New York as a teenage boy. The new series will be called The Trials of Apollo, and the first book is called The Hidden Oracle. It will be out this coming May.