The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

“Etiquette tip: If you're looking for the right time to leave a party, when the host yells, "No one leaves here alive," that's your cue.”


Mariah Rose

8/16/2021 2 min read

Ho-kay Mr. Riordan, you cannot end a book with that line and expect me not to squeal with unfiltered glee. Totally not my fault. I didn't realize how much I enjoyed this book until I finished it, and I can't believe I have to go through ANOTHER 4 hours of work until I can rush home to retrieve The Ship of The Dead from my shelf.

I'm now sort of wishing I had interspersed reading these with the Apollo Trials book, but alas, what's done is done and I can't deny my binger nature.

Now, about this book...

Magnus Chase has fully stolen my heart. I am no longer a skeptic. I love this boy, and I love his story.
Samirah is a badass queen and I am thriving in this boy/girl friendship that never once wavered.
Hearth and Blitz are back and better than ever, and while we explored some of Blitzen's background in The Sword of Summer, we got to get to know Hearth more in this one, and it only made me love and admire him more.
Now. I don't want to get spoilery. But if a single being in this universe touches a hair on Alex Fierro's head I will eat them, and excrete them, and feed them to the flowers. Protect A.F. until the end. (And Mr. Riordan, you better not be getting my hopes up for nothing.)

I don't know what else to say. This book is rich with Norse Mythology, the old stories, yes, but this new, exciting, funny, moving new one as well.

Riordan keeps upping his game by representing more and more diverse people in his books and I am. here. for. it. These characters aren't used as tools, they're not here to embellish the background, they come through with their messages loud and clear.

Only now that I'm writing this (with watery eyes) do I realize how much I truly loved this. I'm so glad these books are out there. Hopefully, like Odin's Valkyries, they'll find heroes when they most need them and show them they are worthy.