#FridayFiveChallenge ~ Buy or Pass ~ Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer #1

Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge, involves taking only five minutes to choose a book cover which appeals instantly. So take a few minutes, grab yourself a coffee…..and have a browse.


In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

It was a struggle to find something that looked interesting and took a little while before I saw this cover…


The blurb..

The first book in the incredible new series from the author of Percy Jackson, the Kane Chronicles and Heroes of Olympus.

My name is Magnus Chase. I’m orphaned and living rough on the streets of Boston. And things are about to get much worse.

My day started out normally enough. I was sleeping under a bridge when some guy kicked me awake and said, ‘They’re after you.’ Next thing I know, I’m reunited with my obnoxious uncle, who casually informs me that my long-lost father is a Norse god.

Nothing normal about that. And it turns out the gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Apparently, if I can’t find the sword my father lost two thousand years ago, there will be doom. Doomsday, to be precise.

A fire giant attacking the city?

Immortal warriors hacking each other to pieces?

Unkillable wolves with glowing eyes?

It’s all coming up.

But first I’m going to die. This is the story of how my life goes downhill from there…

I do like the cover and it definitely suggests an epic fantasy type story. The Kindle edition is £6.99 for 505 pages, released in October this year. I couldn’t find a kindle edition on Amazon US but the paper back version is $9.94. The cover is completely different and would not have made me look twice. There are 74 reviews on Amazon UK with an average of 4.8* which is pretty good. The author seems to have quite a back catalogue and is very popular. He has won three top national awards and has written YA as well as adult fiction. The number of reviews on Amazon US are considerably higher; 582 with an average of 4.7* The vast majority on both sites are in the 5/4* categories. The only two critical reviews on the UK site complain the author rehashed characters from a previous series.

Basically the plot seems to be a quest. Chase needs to find the Sword of Summer in order to stop Ragnarök and is joined by various friends and foes along the way. One reviewer describes it as ‘like Harry Potter with Norse gods.’

There are no 3* reviews but this is a quote from a 4*….

Overall, then, this book comes recommended from me – I suspect that if Riordan had been around ten years earlier then I would’ve read most of his work and grown up with him. As is, I feel like I can look at his books objectively – he’s a decent writer, and the Nordic feel to his work lends a certain something that other writers can’t really compete with. Besides, in The Sword of Summer, you’ll get to meet all sorts of famous folk, from Odin and Thor to Loki and Ratatosk, the giant squirrel that lives on the world tree. Fear the squirrel.

I have read and enjoyed books incorporating Norse mythology –  The brilliant Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne – this seems to be the beginning of young adult series. Not that that would matter except £6.99 is too high to take a punt.

So will I BUY or PASS? I’ll PASS purely on price. I may reconsider if the price comes down. 

More Friday Five Challenge Choices

Shelley finds a new Dean Koontz

Rosie chooses a Christmas thriller

Juana chose a book by Eliza Graham

15 thoughts on “#FridayFiveChallenge ~ Buy or Pass ~ Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer #1

  1. This would interest me if it was heavy on the Norse Mythology and less on the epic fantasy, seems a huge book to get through and a big price, probably due to his previous successes and costs involved with a team behind him to make that success. A pass from me today.

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  2. I enjoyed all his Perry Jackson series, but then got a bit bored, as he just keeps repeating the same old formula. This is just the same but with Norse gods instead of Greek ones… yawn. Same characters, different mythology, same stories. I guess it must work for him, but really, can’t he write something new?

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