Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Becky Bookworm Book Review - Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead (Book 3) by Rick Riordan

The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3)The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am personally heart-broken that this is the final book in the most fun-diverse-saga-loving norse fantasy trilogy.
As in the previous books the fate of the world, humans and gods rests on Magnus's shoulders but thanks to some very quirky magical objects - including a banana yellow boat that can fold away into a hankerchief - and of course his incredible group of friends including an American Civil War soldier, a Viking boy, an Irish girl caught up in the IRA, a Muslim Valkyrie, a Dwarf tailor, a deaf Elf mage and Shape-Shifter Gender-fluid daughter/son of Loki.
As in the previous books there is lots of danger on Magnus & Co's journey to stop Loki and his Ship of the Dead leaving the icy north. Indeed the reader and Magnus go on quite a journey courtesy of the banana yellow boat. From the bottom of the ocean in Grand-father Njord's hall and his troublesome seven daughers, the Waves, across the world to York, England, aka Jorvik and a brief cameo from the legendary Jorvik Viking Centre (albeit involving an ancient stone giant - and clay model making), across the sea again to Gunderson's home in Norway and beyond to the ultimate show-down between Magnus & Co vs. Loki & Giants & Undead... and I am pleased to say also featuring giant rubber ducks! Yes - only the magical mind of Rick Riordan could involve rubber ducks in the most epic of battles. There is much more action and adventure involved but I won't reveal all the details but the ones named are some of my favourite bits.
Throughout it all of course is endless laughter, friendship, loyalty, bravery, cleverness, magic, a bit of mayhem and love.
This final book truly was EPIC in all it's mere four letters and 100% full meaning - I can only hope that this isn't a forever goodbye to Magnus & Co. I really kind of love having them in my life.

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