Author: Rick Riordan
These posts do not contain spoilers. In fact, I’d be surprised if you understood what the book was about from anything I write.
Genre – Young Adult Fantasy
Book Blurb – Too long to write here and to tell you the truth, it didn’t grab me…at all. The blurb didn’t do this book justice. If you are looking at how to write a book blurb, do not use this book as an example. I don’t think I can say enough bad things about it.
First Lines – “Yeah, I know. You guys are going to read about how I died in agony, and you’re going be like, ‘Wow! That sounds cool, Magnus! Can I die in agony too?'”
There is a word missing. I checked it many times and ‘to’ is missing from the second line in the book. ‘…you’re going to be like…’
I am pointing this out because: a) I missed it the first three or four times I read it, and only caught it when I copied it here; and, b) traditional publishers and editors are not infallible.
Just trying to break down the stigma of indie/self-published books.
Other than the terrible book blurb, and the typo in the first two sentences of this novel, it is an awesome book! I really enjoyed it and looked forward to reading subsequent chapters after I got too sleepy to keep going.
It is written from the first person perspective of a 16 year old boy. And do I ever like this kid. He is brave, intelligent and sarcastic. Every sentence, even the chapter titles, are written like he is talking to you directly. Riordan gave him such a witty voice. For instance, the title of one of the chapters is this:
Chapter 4 – Seriously, the Dude Cannot Drive
As you learn more about Magnus, the more you root for him. He is not your typical fantasy wizard or teen heartthrob, but you want him to win. His self-deprecating humour is like nothing I’ve read before.
Best line – “For the first time, I felt like my body was humming at the right frequency, like I’d finally been tuned to match the crappy soundtrack of my life.”
He is just another kid, thrust into a world he knows nothing about, and is only trying to do the right thing.
It really makes me want to write a book in first person point of view. Riordan does it so well.
The diverse cast includes a deaf character that uses sign language and a dwarf who doesn’t fit into dwarvian society. The best example is Samirah al-Abbas, a girl who wears a hijab and whose grandparents have arranged a marriage for her. We learn that in school she is bullied and called a terrorist for being Muslim. With the group she is with, she is just another part of the team. I love how Riordan included her as one of the heroes.
I really enjoyed this book and I learned a lot. I could not recommend it more. I love it when I find a new author (new to me) to read!
Recommendation Rating: 5 out of 5