Rick Riordan: Hotel Valhalla. Guide to the Norse Gods

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Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase series introduced the readers to Hotel Valhalla and Yggdrasil along with a plethora of gods, demigods and what-not. If the series left you wandering any details of these creatures or the functioning of Hotel Valhalla, this guide book will answer your questions.

Hotel Valhalla. Guide to the Norse Gods

Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Otava 2017, Finland (the Finnish edition)
Category: YA fiction
Original language: English
Rating: 4/5

Hotel Valhalla. Guide to the Norse Gods is hotel manager Helgi’s attempt to provide a FAQ for the new hotel guests and at the same time perhaps us, who don’t (yet) have the pleasure of being invited. The guide book has introductions to different sections by Hunding and interviews of gods and other creatures by Snorri Sturluson. It presents all the 9 worlds, gods and goddesses, mythical creatures; giants, elves, dwarves, valkyrias, nornas, and legendary creatures. And naturally there is a glossary in the end of the guide. It tells e.g. why Niddhög and the Eagle started to bash each other (Ratatosk had something to do with that) and how Skirnir actually lost Sumarbrander.

After the Magnus Chase series and Hotel Valhalla. Guide to the Norse Gods you’ll be ready to dive in to the Ragnarok – the End of the Gods by A. S. Byatt, a Booker Prize winner’s retell of this Norse myth.

Susan

Ragnarok – the End of the Gods:

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Rick Riordan: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard / Book 1

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First there were the Greek gods and now it is time for the Viking gods. Magnus Chase shares a whole lot of similarities with Percy Jackson (and a cousin called Annabeth Chase), but he has enough of a character of his own too. When Magnus becomes an einher and discovers his godly side, there’s no holding back!

Rick Riordan: Magnus Chase

Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Otava 2016, Finland (the Finnish edition)
Category: Fantasy
Original language: English
Rating: 4/5

HelMet Reading Challenge 2017: number 21. A hero story or a book about a brave person.

Rick Riordan has extended his world of ancient gods and their demigod children from the Greeks to the Vikings. The first book in this series works wonders and I think it flows a lot better than the first Percy Jackson book.

Magnus Chase is chased from one twist to another and battles with gods and giants follow each other. He survives with the help of his friends: Blitzen the dwarf, Hearth the elf and Sam the valkyria. While travelling between the worlds of the Viking gods, Magnus learns a thing or two about his own background and how the life on the streets has prepared him for this challenge.

There are some delicious moments in the 9 worlds held together by Yggdrasil. Riordan weaves a story were every single little bit finds its place in the end and the reader can’t wait to see how the story continues. Especially as there are strong hints that Annabeth and the Greek gods are becoming part of the story…

Susan

“After his mother died, Magnus Chase has been living alone on the streets Boston and stayed alive by his wits. On his 16th birthday his uncle, who he hasn’t seen since his childhood, finds him and tells an incredible news: Magnus is a son of an ancient Viking god and he has to find a sword lost by his father in order to prevent Ragnarök, the final battle before the world ends.

Before she died, Magnus’ mother warned him to stay clear from his uncle. But before Magnus has time to think about it, he is attacked by a fire giant looking for the sword. He has to make a choice: to save his own life or hundreds of innocent people. Sometimes the only way to start a new life is to die…”

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