The Ship of the DeadBook - 2017
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EvaTao2008 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 14
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"In case you're wondering, Old York looks absolutely nothing like New York.
It looks older." - Magnus
"I wished we didn't have to make our voyage while the two of them were feuding. Or while Sam was fasting for Ramadan. Or while Alex war trying to teach Sam how to foil Loki's control. Come to think of it, I wished we didn't have to make this voyage at all." - Magnus
"I shuddered, imagining Alex Fierro as a giant pink - and - green koi." - Magnus
I swear, if those two didn’t have me to chaperone them, they might do something crazy like hold hands. -Alex Fierro to Magnus Chase
Three days is a long time to sail with an evil walnut.
After the water horses dumped us - 'They got bored,' Sam explained, which was far better than them drowning us - I summoned the Big Banana and we all climbed aboard. Heathstone managed to invoke the fire rune kenaz, which saved us all from freezing to death. We sailed west, trusting our magic ship to take us where wre needed to go.
Violence: A dragon is stabbed in the stomach and killed with a sword. Beware.
Other: One of the characters is gender-fluid and in a relationship with the main character. Extremely prominent. Parents, be warned.
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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan is about the einherji demigod son of the norse god of summer Frey, who resides in Valhalla after heroically dying in an attempt to stop the fire giant Surtr. The book focuses on his and his fellow residents of Hotel Valhalla floor 19, along with their other companions attempts stop Loki from sailing off on Naglfar, the titular Ship of the Dead and delay the event of Ragnarok, which would be the end of all realms where many of the gods, giants and einherji are fated to die.
I thought this book was very good. It is of good length for a book for teens and has a nice text size so that one doesn’t have trouble reading it. The book also has an encyclopedia of norse mythology terms at the end of the book, with short descriptions. So if you want to know what a term means, you can just look at the end of the book without having to google it.
I would easily recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Norse mythology or the Percy Jackson series, as this book and the other two books in the series cover a wide part of norse mythology, and this book is set in the same universe as the Percy Jackson books, along with other mythology books by Rick Riordan. There isn’t that much of a connection between the two besides the appearance of two characters, so you don’t need to read the other series to understand anything.
A few years ago, I piked up "The Lightning Thief", the first book in Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson" series. The novel and subsequent four books followed a twelve-year-old, Percy,a child of Poseidon, grow nearer to his sixteenth birthday, a day with potential for disaster. The next series that included Percy, a child of Greek godly heritage, was "The Heroes of Olympus." This series followed some of Percy's friends, along with him and some new, Roman, demigods.At the times I started "Magnus Chase," however, I had no idea the series existed. I had begun the third series in the cannon and finished the second book by the time I realized there was a whole in the story and back-tracked the "The Heroes of Olympus," before returning to Magnus's life in the Norse afterlife. I greatly enjoyed the different mythology-based stories and how Riordan knit slightly contrasting mythologies together, along with the modern-day lives of teenagers.
"The Ship of the Dead" is the last book in the Magnus Chase series. It was different from the other books I had read in its different structure. While Greek and Roman mythology share similar gods, the Norse deities were completely different. Without spoiling the story, I will reveal that I greatly enjoyed the current themes incorporated into the plot. With a gender-fluid character, a Muslim Valkyrie, and a formerly-homeless boy working together, the story seemed to reflect the world we live in. Though these themes might have been slightly pushed, I appreciate them nonetheless. I look forward to looking further into the series a character referenced in the book, "The Trials of Apollo."