The Ship of the Dead
by Rick Riordan
#3 Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Trilogy
Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus faces his most dangerous trial yet. His cousin, Annabeth, recruits her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, to give Magnus some pointers, but will his training be enough?
Loki is free from his chains. He’s readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, complete with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Asgardian gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It’s up to Magnus and his friends to stop him, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim, and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it’s ready to sail. Along the way, they will face angry sea gods, hostile giants, and an evil fire-breathing dragon. But Magnus’s biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons. Does he have what it takes to outwit the wily trickster god?
Ship of the dead is the conclusion to the ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard’ Trilogy. In the third book Magnus and his friends are trying to prevent Ragnarok which is about to happen! We pretty much follow them as they go up against Loki to prevent the end of the world.
Magnus is a character I can really get behind. He is so caring of his friends and accepting of everyones differences. The diversity of the characters within this trilogy is great. We have characters from different races as well as a character who is gender fluid and asks characters to use their preferred pronouns on any given day.
The plot of ‘Ship of the Dead’ explores more into the Ragnarok myths from Norse Mythology. I enjoyed that we continue to look at different aspects of this myth throughout the three books in the story. I did struggle through parts of this story because I felt as though we were exploring characters we’d already explored previously, however when we looked into the back stories of some of the characters we haven’t really explored before I was really into it.
Magnus Chase is a great series for anyone who enjoys Rick Riordan’s book or mythology in general. Its a great way to enter mythological worlds for readers and can really grow a passion in both young and older readers.
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 7.5/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10