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

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

Magnus Chase: Ship of the Dead starts off with Percy Jackson giving Magnus advice to help his seamanship. Percy Jackson is a great way to start off this book and I just wish he had stuck around for the rest of the book. Once again, Magnus is his usual floundering self that is only kept in check by Alex who is her cool usual self that knows how to help Magnus. I really loved to see the relationship between Magnus and Alex develop. Alex had a lot of really great character development and I loved getting to go on that journey with him. The more and more I read, especially with Magnus’s great descriptions and over exaggeration, I realized that the insider of my head and my thoughts closely mirror Magnus’ with his stream of consciousness nonsense narration and overexaggerating with strange puns, metaphors and similes. This was my favorite book out of the trilogy so far, and I am only saying trilogy because there has been three. I am a firm believer that this is no the last time we will see Magnus Chase as I can’t be left without more…. Well I don’t want to spoil it, so I will just leave it at that. In this book, Magnus and his friends are more of a unit and even more impressively Sam completes all of this while fasting for Ramadan, I learned a lot of Islam through this book and I thought it had a really thoughtful dialogue about religion and faith. This book does a great job of showing what it means to be inclusive in ones beliefs. This is something that is really needed in our current discussions as everyone becomes more and more polarized. Hearth and Blitz are my favorite and I love the way that everyone uses ALS and it is just natural for everyone to be able to sign and for the world to be accessible for Hearth. This is how it is supposed to be! I love that Rick Riordan is creating a model for all of us. Through this book, he is creating great characters and stories and vibrant, funny worlds but he is also showing us how to be the best we can be through his characters. Also, DUCKS, never trust a duck.

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