Overall I enjoyed this book. It was pretty slow at the beginning and I really didn’t like Magnus at first. In the beginning I thought he was going to be a carbon copy of Percy…but a few pages in you realize that Magnus is a jaded jerk. It took quite a while for me to warm up to him, but it does happen – you just have to push through the parts where he’s a jerk.
The story took a LOT of time to build up the world and give you history on the Gods and Norse history. But once they finally got on their quest, the story finally started moving. The Hotel Valhalla was a lot of fun – I think Riordan does a good job with modernizing his stories. There will be a lot of things in his books that will one day date his books. My kid’s kids probably won’t understand the Taylor Swift references, and such.
I’m still a bit weirded out about the whole sword thing [SPOILER: It’s really strange to me that it flies and talks. I liked that it was pulled toward it’s destiny so that was something that Magnus had to fight in the end. END SPOILER]
I thought the small battle scene was decent. I liked the way that Magnus handled both situations. It was satisfying and well done.
I didn’t like part of the ending where we just got an info dump. “He explained this…” “He explained that” “And he explained this”. UGH. Did Riordan's editor say he needed to cut pages at the end so that’s what he chose to do?? I also didn’t like the explanation at the end regarding the prophecy. If it’s not easily understandable by the end of the story, then I don’t think he did a good job explaining it in the story.
The parts with Annabeth are my favorite and I know every single Percy fan is going to be squealing like a school girl at the end where it states Magnus will need Annabeth's help before all is said and done!
There was a lot of loose ends left open but a decent enough wrap up to close the first book. Obviously we know there is going to be a sequel and I look forward to reading it.