SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT!
There, now you have been warned. If you’re still planning to read on, you’ve obviously read ‘The Sword of Summer’ already! If you haven’t, but plan to do so, and reading on in spite of the spoilers, then here’s a friendly advice. STOP READING NOW. And by that, I don’t just mean this blog. Don’t read the book. Don’t get yourself into that whole thing again, because not only will the book make you keep reading it like crazy till you finish it- making you forget your chores and homework and geometry an in my case, my Ph.D reading, but once you finish it, you will have a thousand questions that Riordan wouldn’t answer and you will immediately need to read the next book but you have wait and wait and wait one whole year again when you’re dying to know how the Hammer came to be in Randolph’s possession when clearly he is not worthy (look, I told you-SPOILER ALERT) or how Annabeth and Magnus react to each other’s stories- YOU HAD TO STOP THERE- DIDN’T YOU, RICK, YOU- So anyway, if you don’t want to be hooked again, now’s the time to get out!
This book, ah well, let’s just say I didn’t expect it to turn out like this. I mean, was I expecting a Camp Halv-Blod or a Halvgud Trening Skole? No. Without consciously thinking about it, I sort of knew that wasn’t going to happen. But, I also didn’t expect the world-jumping. I mean, I knew about the nine worlds in Norse Mythology and still expected Magnus’ journeys to be aligned along the human world. I guess I didn’t think too deeply on that.
Then, Magnus himself. A sword in the title of the book, a hero destined to wield that sword- I was expecting a hero along the lines of Percy or Jason. But Riordan has made Magnus a different kind of hero. He’s still incredibly brave though- my heart broke for him in the Bunker Hill chapter. And like Percy and Leo, Magnus has spunk and attitude. I like him.
And cheers to breaking stereotypes and non-conformity with Blitzen and Hearthenstone! I would totally buy a bulletproof tie if the knot-comes pre-tied.
Samira is as badass as they come. I look forward to her dangerous assignments from Odin. Odin og de andre gudene, how am I supposed to wait another year?
I also didn’t expect the hero to die. And till the very end, I sort of kept thinking he would return to mortal life somehow because what was the point of bringing in Annabeth if Magnus was going to live in Valhalla, separated from her forever? But Riordan managed that pretty well in the end, didn’t he? I’m reminded of the Amazons and the Hunters of Artemis- immortal but can die in battle. And Magnus is mortal outside Valhalla and now he has legal (or Odin-blessed) rights of passage in all the nine worlds, which solves the problem about Annabeth and helps my theory that the Greek-Roman world is going to collide with the Norse world.
Well, first of all, Aphrodite’s prophecy about Reyna’s love life- well, Magnus isn’t a Greek/Roman demigod and he is also an einharji so I think he definitely fits. But I think we need more information on this one. I also have a theory that Reyna might love a god, because that would also the prophecy.
2ndly, Frey’s advice. Frey told Magnus that he would need Annabeth’s help and at the end of this book they are deciding to share secret. Why Rick, why did you have to stop there? I have been waiting for that moment ever since you announced this book! Of course, the Egyptian and the Greek worlds almost collided in The Son of Sobek but then everybody decided to keep their secrets but Percy and Carter still don’t know who put the necklace around that crocodile, and Percy still has his one call remaining to Carter. I thought that would come up in The House of Hades (I mean, being stuck in Tartarus is a good time to call for help, right?) but that obviously didn’t happen so I’m guessing some kind of bigger collision was planned all along where more worlds collide. And if we’re lucky, we might know everything in about five years. Or may be ten.
Meanwhile, the possibilities? Imagine Freya and Aphrodite together on a shopping trip! Or say, if travelling by sea is bad for Magnus because Ran hates him, can he travel on a boat with Percy? Or if Percy and Magnus are fighting, and Annabeth is not around to knock some sense into them, and there’s just some random horse in the fray, then who does the horse support? The jokes were funny, though! Like Magnus hoping his sword would glamour itself into a pen. The Jason Grace chapter was disappointing though. I mean, I though at least someone would mention him. What was the point of just throwing his name in the chapter title otherwise? I guess Riordan was just laughing imagining our excitement and then misery when he named that chapter! Argh!
Also, I’m guessing no one travels to Scandinavia this time since the root of the tree has always been near Boston? But in that case, why didn’t the Viking civilization begin in around Boston rather than in old Germania?
And ah, okay, what sort of influence do the Norse and the Greco-Roman gods have in Boston? And if there’s a conflict, who wins?
I wish Riordan also wrote about Indian mythology because we have gods and goddesses very similar to the Greek ones, but I guess it would be difficult to fit that into a North-American plotline, although, why not, if we can have Egyptian gods in Brooklyn?
Also on my wish-list, a series with a female title character.
So what are your wishes, theories and questions? Keep the speculations alive in the comment section because that’s all we’ve got till Riordan favours us with another book!
And no, I don’t think Surt will kill Frey just as Percy’s fatal (!) flaw didn’t destroy the heroes.