The Ship of the Dead

The Ship of the Dead

Book - 2017
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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. Magnus's biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons. Does he have what it takes to outwit the wily trickster god?
Publisher: Los Angeles : Disney-Hyperion, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781423160939
Branch Call Number: j F RIORDAN bk. 3
Characteristics: vii, 421 pages ; 22 cm.


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LPL_LaurenT Nov 02, 2017

The third installment of the Magnus Chase series does not disappoint! Packed full of action, great character development and random Norse gods, I had a rip roaring good time with this book. Riordan’s Loki is so slimy and evil, but also so clever, that I was sitting on the edge of my seat hoping t... Read More »

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Sep 09, 2019

didn't like it. nuff said

Sep 03, 2019

If you liked the first two of the series, then you'll like this one, its a smooth conclusion to wrap up the series. Every character mentioned in this series even minor gets a nice back story, I think all ages will appreciate that. The theme that everyone is different and were all family is very strong and I think readers will see that and appreciate seeing them selves like that!

Aug 24, 2019

i liked Percy Jackson

Jul 08, 2019

Magnus Chase is an amazing series that will keep you hooked unless you finish it all. the level and detail of imagination of Rick is of the highest quality.

Jun 08, 2019

I do wish there was more as well it bugs me not knowing if Magnus and Alex work out in the end but other than that I love the entire series and all of you that gave it bad reviews can go fuck 🖕🖕🏻🖕🏼🖕🏽🖕🏾🖕🏿yourself.

May 06, 2019

I really enjoyed Magnus’s voice. I’m a tad upset that there aren’t more books in this series. I loved learning more about Norse mythology and seeing the strong themes presented in these books. All in all, it was a great conclusion to the trilogy, though I kind of wish there was an epilogue to see how things turn out a little down the road.

Feb 27, 2019

I really enjoyed this Series. Much like Riordan's other books, it has a great plotline and good characters. However, this series is incredibly original in the fact that it features characters, in a children's book, who are blatantly minorities. These minority characters allow children to see themselves in Riordan's novels giving them positive role models to look up to. It is nice to see that Riordan is connected to his fanbase and is giving them the role models that children need to see to be able to see themselves reflected in a hero rather than in a stereotype or label. As a person who had few models to look to as a young child, it warms my heart to see that young people are now able to see characters who are not only heroes but, of multiple faiths, ethnicities and sexualities. Overall, I recommend this book to everyone who is ready to take an adventure in Norse mythology and see themselves reflected in the diverse and relatable cast!

Jan 17, 2019

Was not as good as the other 2 books in this series. The ending was disappointing. Wasn't much action like the other books.

Sep 18, 2018

The conclusion was kinda bad, and it wasn't as good as Percy Jackson. I don't like like the main character's girlfriend (boyfriend?). I have nothing against gay people, but that relationship in the book was kinda weird for me...... It would be nice if Riordan didn't bring his political views into his children's series.

Aug 10, 2018

A good conclusion to this series, though it definitely was more difficult for me to keep my attention focused on it. I just think I miss the main Percy Jackson series too much but that's not exactly something I should hold against these books.
I thought the story was clever, wonderfully random, and flashy, but maybe not all-together life-changing or super memorable, based on other books I've read (some by Rick Riordan).
I couldn't stop comparing it to other stories, but it really was an enjoyable read

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He held it out for us to see. He didn't sign, but his meaning was clear:
Leave that to me.

May 05, 2018

Three days is a long time to sail with an evil walnut.
After the water horses dumped us - 'They got bored,' Sam explained, which was far better than them drowning us - I summoned the Big Banana and we all climbed aboard. Heathstone managed to invoke the fire rune kenaz, which saved us all from freezing to death. We sailed west, trusting our magic ship to take us where wre needed to go.

Mar 24, 2018

He left, whistling a tune that might have been a Frank Sinatra song from the elevator, Fly me to the Moon.


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Mar 23, 2019

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan is about the einherji demigod son of the norse god of summer Frey, who resides in Valhalla after heroically dying in an attempt to stop the fire giant Surtr. The book focuses on his and his fellow residents of Hotel Valhalla floor 19, along with their other companions attempts stop Loki from sailing off on Naglfar, the titular Ship of the Dead and delay the event of Ragnarok, which would be the end of all realms where many of the gods, giants and einherji are fated to die.

I thought this book was very good. It is of good length for a book for teens and has a nice text size so that one doesn’t have trouble reading it. The book also has an encyclopedia of norse mythology terms at the end of the book, with short descriptions. So if you want to know what a term means, you can just look at the end of the book without having to google it.

I would easily recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Norse mythology or the Percy Jackson series, as this book and the other two books in the series cover a wide part of norse mythology, and this book is set in the same universe as the Percy Jackson books, along with other mythology books by Rick Riordan. There isn’t that much of a connection between the two besides the appearance of two characters, so you don’t need to read the other series to understand anything.

Feb 14, 2019

A few years ago, I piked up "The Lightning Thief", the first book in Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson" series. The novel and subsequent four books followed a twelve-year-old, Percy,a child of Poseidon, grow nearer to his sixteenth birthday, a day with potential for disaster. The next series that included Percy, a child of Greek godly heritage, was "The Heroes of Olympus." This series followed some of Percy's friends, along with him and some new, Roman, demigods.At the times I started "Magnus Chase," however, I had no idea the series existed. I had begun the third series in the cannon and finished the second book by the time I realized there was a whole in the story and back-tracked the "The Heroes of Olympus," before returning to Magnus's life in the Norse afterlife. I greatly enjoyed the different mythology-based stories and how Riordan knit slightly contrasting mythologies together, along with the modern-day lives of teenagers.

"The Ship of the Dead" is the last book in the Magnus Chase series. It was different from the other books I had read in its different structure. While Greek and Roman mythology share similar gods, the Norse deities were completely different. Without spoiling the story, I will reveal that I greatly enjoyed the current themes incorporated into the plot. With a gender-fluid character, a Muslim Valkyrie, and a formerly-homeless boy working together, the story seemed to reflect the world we live in. Though these themes might have been slightly pushed, I appreciate them nonetheless. I look forward to looking further into the series a character referenced in the book, "The Trials of Apollo."


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Aug 03, 2019

Other: One of the characters is gender-fluid and in a relationship with the main character. Extremely prominent. Parents, be warned.

May 05, 2018

Violence: There is violence, but it's not very bad.

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