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The first book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series.

After loosing his mom in a mysterious fire at their apartment.  Magnus has lived alone on the streets of Boston for a number of years, surviving on his wits.

When a fire giant kills him and he falls in the Boston river, he feels comforted that he will be joining his mom.  Only to find that he has been saved not from death, but from an afterlife on the bottom of the Boston River, for the afterlife in Valhalla.

This story is the start of Magnus’s journey in discovering who he is and what he is capable of.  With only the help of a Valkyrie, a dwarf, an elf and the sword of summer aka ‘Jack’.  Magnus only has a few days to find the new rope to rebind Fenris the wolf, so Ragnarok (the end of the 9 worlds) doesn’t take place.

It took me a little while to get into this new series on the Norse Gods.  But once I got in to the swing, I enjoyed it.

The characters start to grow on you.  Look forward to seeing what happens in the next book.

4 Stars****

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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

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