Book Review - Demigods and Magicians

by Rick Riordan (Puffin Books) ISBN: 978-0-141-36728-6 

Riordan tosses the four main characters from his Kane Chronicles trilogy and the Percy Jackson series into an explosive melting pot of Egyptian and Greek magic. 

The book is a collection of three cohesive short stories. The stories themselves are not new and have been available online previously, but this is the first time they are presented together in one volume. 

In the first story, The Son of Sobek, Carter Kane and Percy Jackson run into each other while investigating reports of a giant crocodile lurking in the water off Long Island. In The Staff of Serapis, Annabeth Chase and Sadie Kane team up to defeat a recently awoken god with aspirations of world domination. Revelations follow from these two encounters, serious trouble is brewing in both the Egyptian and Greek magic worlds. The four combine their talents and magic, in The Crown of Ptolemy, against an ancient and evil Egyptian magician called Setne. 

Each story flows into the next with all the adrenaline-fuelled action and wit that Riordan is known for. There is also a tantalising extract at the end from The Hidden Oracle, the first book in Riordan’s latest series The Trials of Apollo

Ewa Fabris


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Book Review - Magnus Chase And The Sword Of Summer

by Rick Riordan (Puffin Books) ISBN: 978-0-141-34242-9 

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer is the first book in Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy from Rick Riordan, the author of the very popular Percy Jackson series. While Percy Jackson has his adventures in the world of the Greek gods, Magnus Chase finds that the Norse mythology his mom read to him when he was little, are actually true. 

Magnus Chase is sixteen and sleeping under a bridge in the Boston Public Garden. He has been homeless for two years, ever since his mother died under unusual circumstances. In the first few chapters he dies a gruesome death. That’s when his quest to find his father’s sword and to prevent Ragnarok (Norse for Armageddon) begins. 

He is assisted by a flamboyant cast of characters, including Thor and Odin to name a few. Extreme circumstances and fast paced adventure bring the ragtag group of friends he makes closer together, giving Magnus back a semblance of the family he has been missing for two years. 

Magnus is the narrator; his dry sense of humour serves him well in the face of dire circumstance. Packed with action and richly descriptive, a refreshing read for young adult readers. 

Ewa Fabris


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