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The Sword of Summer : Magnus Chase : Book 1 - Rick RIORDAN

The Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase : Book 1

Hardcover Published: 11th December 2018
ISBN: 9781423160915
Number Of Pages: 512
For Ages: 9+ years old

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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 barely knows-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph 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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"Rick Riordan's new series is simply brilliant - maybe his best yet! I thought I knew Norse mythology, but now that I've read the gripping and hilarious Sword of Summer, I'll never see Thor the same way again. Get ready to stay up all night reading!" - New York Times #1 best-selling author Harlan Coben

"The Sword of Summer is a propulsive, kinetic, witty rebooting of Norse mythology with all the charm of the Percy Jackson novels. Instantly likeable heroes! Insane action! Cool villains! A twisting, turning, always exciting story! Rick Riordan does it again, even better." - New York Times #1 best-selling author Michael Grant

"The Sword of Summer combines the glory of Norse myth with the joy of Rick Riordan's effervescent world-building. One of Riordan's funniest books - everything from the chapter titles to the wry humour of Magnus Chase will have you chuckling, even as the plot races along at breakneck speed. Check me in to Hotel Valhalla, please. I'll be staying." New York Times #1 best-selling author Cassandra Clare

ISBN: 9781423160915
ISBN-10: 1423160916
Series: Rick Riordan Titles
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9+ years old
For Grades: 4+
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 11th December 2018
Publisher: DISNEY PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.8  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.7

Rick Riordan


About the Author


For Rick Riordan, a bedtime story shared with his oldest son was just the beginning of his journey into the world of children’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. “I had taught Greek myths for many years at the middle school level, so I was glad to comply,” says Riordan.“When I ran out of myths, (Haley) was disappointed and asked me if I could make up something new with the same characters.”

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 Haley’s request, Riordan quickly came up with the character of Percy Jackson and told Haley all about “(Percy’s) quest to recover Zeus’s lightning bolt in modern-day America,” says Riordan. “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.”

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.

“Making Percy ADHD and dyslexic was my way of honoring the potential of all the kids I’ve known who have those conditions,” says Riordan.“It’s not a bad thing to be different. Sometimes, it’s the mark of being very, very talented.That’s what Percy discovers about himself in The Lightning Thief

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 didn’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, Riordan’sTres Navarre series has won the top three awards for the mystery genre— the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Shamus. Despite his success in the adult mystery market, writing for children was never far from Riordan’s mind.

“Back when I taught middle school and wrote adult mysteries, my students often asked me why I wasn’t writing for kids,” says Riordan. “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.”

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

And while it’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.

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

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

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

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