The Hammer of Thor, by Rick Riordan

March 23, 2017

Review by Ethan Romer

In the second installment of the Gods of Asgard series, by Rick Riordan main character, Magnus Chase is living up life as a dead einherjar – a warrior of Odin.  A couple weeks ago Magnus and his friends went to re-tie the the ropes binding the mighty Fenris wolf.  They arrive only to find him escaped and had to save the world from Doomsday – Ragnarok.  Your typical Rick Riordan book.  At the beginning of the book Magnus is having coffee with Thor’s slaughter goat (don’t ask) Otis.  Next thing you know a battle axe is in Otis’s chest and a masked man is running away.  Magnus catches up to the goat murderer, and the pro butcher says don’t find Thor’s Hammer – Mjolnir, or else you will die.  Can Magnus and Samirah find Mjolnir? Or will they end up butchered like Otis?

Rick Riordan once again successfully tells the same story he has told countless other times.  A demigod must save the world and not die.  ‘The Hammer of Thor’  is still a “great” book though.  One example of why this is still a “great book” is its attempt at great humor.  For example some chapter names are “Can you please stop killing my Goat?” and “Loiterers will be shot, then arrested, and shot again.”  This book will only entertain those who want a very predictable book with cheesy jokes.


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