Sunday, 7 January 2018

Thor Loses His Hammer. AGAIN. (Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan)

"My brain refused to get out of my head. Inconsiderate brain." - Rick Riordan, Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor

It is a truth universally acknowledged that it isn't Norse mythology until Thor loses his hammer. 

(At least twice.)

Basically, Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor is Thrymskvitha (or The Lay of Thrym) with Samirah as Freyja, who is completely against marrying a giant. Blitz and Hearth are AWOL, there's a new child of Loki at Hotel Valhalla, and some guy in a wolf helmet is running around killing goats. In short, it's a Riordan novel.

We go a little deeper into Hearthstone's backstory in this one (yay!) and it's horrible (yay?). I mean, elf culture is really interesting but also really...well, let's just say it's interesting in a completely different way to dwarf culture. You know, the dwarves name everything they make. It doesn't matter what it is or looks like, it is a glorious, unique object crafted with purpose. The elves live in an upper class neighbourhood and will arrest basically anyone.

The new child of Loki, Alex, is artsy and uses a garrotte. Given the number of Riordan novels I've read, I'm pretty sure where Magnus and Alex's friendship is going. Other new characters include Heimdall - who is one of us when it comes to Sam and Amir's relationship - Sif - who was glorious, honestly, I love this interpretation of Sif, there are too few girly characters in fiction who aren't shallow or bullies - and Hearthstone's dad - who is an absolute monster.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel (although I wish we'd seen more of Mallory, Halfborn, and TJ) and, given that we have the promise of Percy, I'm glad I have the next one standing by...even if I might not get to it for a while.

Who's your favourite Norse Deity?