Title – Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead
Series – Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3
Author – Rick Riordan
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 456 pages
Publication Date – October 3rd 2017 by Puffin
ISBN – 9780141342597
My Rating – ★★★★/5
Loki is free of his chains and has put together a crew of giants and zombies to sail the Ship of the Dead into battle against the Norse gods. If he wins, Ragnarök will end all the worlds.
With help from his friends, Magnus will have to sail across the oceans to find Loki before Midsummer’s Day.
Even if Magnus survives the journey he’ll need more than just Jack, his talking sword, to defeat Loki. Magnus and his friends need to find a magical elixir that could give him the power to beat Loki and put him back in chains.
I received a copy of Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review.
I love how diverse the Magnus Chase books are! Alex is gender fluid and Samirah is Muslim. In Ship of the Dead Sam is celebrating Ramadan (is celebrating the right word?) so I got to learn about that. I’m assuming that Riordan did his research or already knew about Ramadan and Sam’s religion. And I really love that a Muslim character was included in these books. Sam is my favourite character. I loved that she was true to who herself and what she believed in while also being a Valkyrie. I think she got the best of both worlds. Maybe not the best father though…
I also enjoyed the friendship between Alex and Magnus and that Magnus could tell just by looking at Alex which pronouns they were using. And the fact that their friendship/relationship – whatever they have – didn’t seem forced.
I didn’t know when I picked up Ship of the Dead that this is the last book in the trilogy? I was expecting a longer series. I guess the story wrapped up but I was expecting an end of the world type battle – like Ragnarök I guess. But then if Ragnarök actually happened then everyone would die and the plan was to stop it. Or prevent it. So I was kind of disappointed with how the story ended but it was still good. And with Magnus being Annabeth’s cousin I’m hoping he’ll be mention in other books? Who knows.. I am glad Annabeth and Percy were in this one, even if it wasn’t for long.
I love Riordan’s books and can’t wait to read the next one to come out. I think it’s part of the Trials of Apollo series. If you haven’t read any of Riordan’s books then I can’t recommend them enough.
*Thank you Penguin Random House New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*