Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead

Written by Rick Riordan

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LoveReading View on Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead

In a nutshell: unbeatable mythical adventures by the absolute master of the genre  

Magnus Chase is back from the dead (again) and in fact as a resident of Valhalla is well-used now to death and regeneration. Just as well too because in this episode he’s preparing to take on the trickster Loki – things don’t get epic-er! With Percy Jackson (yes, THE Percy Jackson!) there to provide training, and with help from his talking sword Jack and gender-fluid love-interest Alex, things are looking about as good as they could be for Magnus given that, in Percy’s words ‘a bunch of sea monsters and sea gods and who knows-what-else will be trying to kill you, right?’ Rick Riordan is absolutely unbeatable as far as action-packed, page-turning, myth-filled extravanganzas go, and this is an unputdownable read, spiced with sharp teen humour and some sword-sharp dialogue.  ~ Andrea Reece

Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead Synopsis

Rick Riordan's Norse hero faces his greatest challenge yet in the final instalment of the series.Loki the trickster god is free from his chains. Now he's readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, armed with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Norse gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It's up to Magnus Chase and his friends to stop Loki's plans, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it's ready to sail on Midsummer's Day.

Along the way, they will face angry sea gods, hostile giants, and an evil fire-breathing dragon who happens to be a former acquaintance. But Magnus's biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons. To defeat Loki, Magnus will need to use words, not force.

This will require finding a magical elixir so deadly that it will either make Magnus Chase powerful enough to out-talk the silver-tongued Loki, or destroy Magnus utterly.

Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review The Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer, the first in the series. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Charnell Vevers - 'Rick Riordan once again proves why he is the master at writing about mythology, and entwining his knowledge on mythology in with his wonderful ability to tell the perfect young adult action story.'
  • Jake Fletcher - 'Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer is the first in a new series about mythology and the modern world by the absolutely brilliant Rick Riordan.'
  • Dahabo Wacays, age 17 - 'The book had me gripped from the first page because Riordan has always been an absolute favourite of mine. Magnus Chase is witty and sarcastic which makes him a lovable character.'
  • Izzy Read, age 14 - 'I adore Rick Riordan’s way of describing myths and legends; everything brought up to date and packed with action!'
  • Rosie Crowson, age 12 - 'I was looking forward to this book. It didn't disappoint. The portrayals of mythical beings from Norse legends put the finishing touches on a book awesome enough to rival the Percy Jackson series.'
  • Molly Hudson, age 13 - 'An exciting new series of books from the Percy Jackson Author with all new gods and heroes. If you love myths and legends this book is just for you!'
  • Abraham - 'Magnus chase is an incredibly unique book with an amazing storyline that sheds a whole new light on the gods of Asgard.'
  • Rebekah Marsh, age 12 - 'Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer is unputdownable, when you manage to put it down and go back to reality, you question why you aren't surrounded by elves, frost giants and Gods.'
  • Vicky Fisher - 'Magnus Chase is an amazing book with an incredibly unique plot and storyline.'
  • Kezia Deakin, age 15 - 'When even just the chapter titles made me chuckle and ponder, I knew this novel was going to be funny and captivating...I wasn't disappointed.'
  • Bengamin Parsons, age 11 - 'The Sword of Summer is a great book! You must read it!'
  • Dylan Sweet, age 12 - 'I would rate this a billion out of five stars and I enjoyed it even more than the Bestselling Percy Jackson series. '
  • Charlotte and ALex, age 15 & 10 - 'This book is the funniest book we have ever read. You never know what's going to happen next.'
  • Maisie, age 14 - 'An amazing book!'
  • Adam Goodman, age 12 - 'A brilliant book that is action packed and full of suspense. A must read - I can't wait for the rest of the series!!!'
  • Chole Shortall, age 19 - 'I would recommend this book for fans of Riordan’s other novels, especially the Percy Jackson books.'

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ISBN: 9780141342580
Publication date: 03/10/2017
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141342580
Publication date: 3rd October 2017
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks

About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is an award-winning mystery writer. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Rick's first novel featuring the heroic young demigod, was the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award in 2006 and is now a blockbuster film franchise, starring Logan Lerman. Rick Riordan is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for children and the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the ...

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