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 Magnus Chase And The Sword of Summer  : Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard : Book 1 - Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase And The Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard : Book 1

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The first book in the incredible new series from the author of Percy Jackson, the Kane Chronicles and Heroes of Olympus.

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 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 . . .

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4.0

Another great book from an awesome author

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    Comments about Magnus Chase And The Sword of Summer:

    Bought this for my 15 year old daughter she loved it. I even read it myself what a great book. A book that would appeal to both boys and girls. Would make a great gift.

     
    5.0

    A Demi-God, an elf, a dwarf and a valkyrie with a talking sw

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      Comments about Magnus Chase And The Sword of Summer:

      Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordon

      (A Review by Sam, aged 9)

      What is the Book About?unknown

      A boy finds out his father is a norse god, he dies and is sent on a quest to save the world along with a dwarf, an elf and a valkyrie.

      Who is your favourite character and why?

      My favourite character would be Blitzen the dwarf because he has a very good imagination for building.

      What was your favourite part of the book and why?

      The part when the sword talks for the first time. It is funny because he just pops up and has a chat while they are running from the bad guys. He talks all through the book after that.

      Why is this book better than other books you have read?

      Rick Riordon writes about myths and I like myths, but it is still modern. When I read them I really want to find out what happens next. Each series he writes is better than the last one, and this is the best.

       
      4.0

      Another superb Rick Riorday

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        Comments about Magnus Chase And The Sword of Summer:

        I have borrowed all Rick Riordan's books from my niece's son, so I gave him this latest for Christmas. He says it's as good as the others - I can't wait to borrow it from him

         
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        My 12 year old son read this book in less than a week despite school and sporting commitments. he literally couldn't put it down. He has read all the Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles and Lost Heroes of Olympus series and has loved them all. Very much looking forward to the next Magnus Chase adventure....

         
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          This book was well writing with all the things you need in a book, action, humour, twist and more import Mangus. Great read can't wait till second

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          Rick Riordan

          For Rick Riordan, a bedtime story shared with his oldest son was just the beginning of his journey into the world of childrenâ??s books.

          Already an award-winning author of mysteries for adults, Riordan, a former teacher, was asked by his son Haley to tell him some bedtime stories about the gods and heroes in Greek mythology. â??I had taught Greek myths for many years at the middle school level, so I was glad to comply,â?? says Riordan. â??When I ran out of myths, (Haley) was disappointed and asked me if I could make up something new with the same characters.â??

          At the time, Haley had just been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Greek mythology was one of the only subjects that interested the then second-grader in school. Motivated by Haleyâ??s request, Riordan quickly came up with the character of Percy Jackson and told Haley all about â??(Percyâ??s) quest to recover Zeusâ??s lightning bolt in modern-day America,â?? says Riordan. â??It took about three nights to tell the whole story, and when I was done, Haley told me I should write it out as a book.â??

          Despite his busy schedule, Riordan managed to carve some time out of his daily routine to write the first Percy Jackson and the Olympians book, The Lightning Thief. And in deference to his son, Riordan chose to give the character of Percy certain attributes that hit close to home.

          â??Making Percy ADHD and dyslexic was my way of honouring the potential of all the kids Iâ??ve known who have those conditions,â?? says Riordan. â??Itâ??s not a bad thing to be different. Sometimes, itâ??s the mark of being very, very talented. Thatâ??s what Percy discovers about himself in The Lightning Thief.â??

          Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Riordan started writing as a young adult. He wrote short stories, unsuccessfully submitted a few of those stories for publication, and edited his high school newspaper.

          But he didnâ??t take writing seriously until after he graduated from college and was teaching in San Francisco. While Riordan and his family (wife Becky and sons Haley and Patrick) enjoyed living in California, he was nostalgic for Texas.

          On an impulse, Riordan decided to try his hand at a mystery novel, which he set in his hometown of San Antonio. Featuring a private-eye/English Ph.D. named Tres Navarre, Big Red Tequila was published to rave reviews in 1997. Today, Riordanâ??s Tres Navarre series has won the top three awards for the mystery genreâ??the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Shamus.

          Despite his success in the adult mystery market, writing for children was never far from Riordanâ??s mind. â??Back when I taught middle school and wrote adult mysteries, my students often asked me why I wasnâ??t writing for kids,â?? says Riordan. â??I never had a good answer for them. It took me a long time to realize they were right. Kids are the audience I know best.â??

          Young readersâ??in addition to reviewers, booksellers, librarians, and educatorsâ??agree. Kirkus, in a starred review, called The Lightning Thief â??[a] riotously paced quest tale of heroism that questions the realities of our world, family, friendship and loyalty,â?? while Publishers Weekly praised The Sea of Monsters, book two in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, as â??a sequel stronger than (the) compelling debut,â?? containing â??humour, intelligence and expert pacing.â?? Both titles in the Percy Jackson series have received accolades and awards, and The Lightning Thief has recently been optioned for a feature film.

          â??I think kids want the same thing from a book that adults wantâ?? a fast-paced story, characters worth caring about, humour, surprises, and mystery.â??

          And while itâ??s obvious that Riordan has a knack for writing for kids, he readily admits that writing for young readers is not that much different than writing for an older audience.

          â??I think kids want the same thing from a book that adults wantâ??a fast-paced story, characters worth caring about, humour, surprises, and mystery,â?? says Riordan. â??A good book always keeps you asking questions, and makes you keep turning pages so you can find out the answers.â??

          Recently, Riordan made a â??reluctantâ?? decision to leave teaching, a career he thoroughly enjoyed, to write full-time. However, heâ??s keeping his hand in education by conducting lots of author appearances in classrooms across the country, and even some in Europe.

          â??I love teaching,â?? says Riordan. â??I love working with kids . . . maybe some day Iâ??ll go back to the classroom. Iâ??m not ready to say itâ??ll never happen. But for now, the books are keeping me very busy.â??

          (From Hyperion Books for Children)

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          ISBN: 9780141342429
          ISBN-10: 0141342420
          Series: Magnus Chase
          Audience: Children
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 576
          Published: 6th October 2015
          Country of Publication: GB
          Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.5  x 4.0
          Weight (kg): 0.74
          Edition Number: 1