The Ship of the Dead

The Ship of the Dead

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Life preservers are mandatory for this wet, wild, and wondrous adventure, the third entry in Rick Riordan's New York Times #1 best-selling Norse mythology trilogy, which features a cameo from Percy Jackson.
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
1423160932
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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LettuceBroccoli
Sep 03, 2020

You did a really good job explaining it, and I applaud you for it, wherever you are.

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Chun-Hung H Liu
Jul 31, 2020

Why would there be such a ship called Naglfar constructed out of human fingernails? That's because it has something to do with Ragnarok or the end of the world. After all, that is where the infamous trickster god Loki resides. The god has been responsible for the chaos in the Nordic World of mythology. 16-year-old Magnus Chase and his einherjar friends must defeat Loki to prevent Ragnarok by finding the ship.

Magnus was once a teen experiencing homelessness living on the streets of Boston, Massachusetts. He has a dwarf and elf friend named Blitzen and Hearthstone, respectively, who are also once homeless. Then after falling off a bridge during his duel with the fire giant Surt, he died. He woke up in Valhalla, a place where dead heroes live after dying in combat to do training in the event Ragnarok comes. As an einherjar (undead heroes), he has other friends as well, who help him on his quests. Those quests have something to do with Loki.

Loki was a perfidious god. He was a cheat and liar who would destroy the godly environments for absolutely no reason at all. Soon the gods grew tired and put Loki in prison forever by tying Loki up with his intestines. You may think that was it, right? But no. He escaped because one of his minions cut off his chains with the world's sharpest blade. Now Loki is sailing on Naglfar, and once Magnus and his gang defeat Loki, everything is back to normal, but the questers must face zombies, ghosts, giants, and harsh weather.

This book is incredibly intriguing and is my favorite book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series not only because it is the last book of the series, but it also had a quality climax. For example, the part where Magnus faces Loki to me felt like I was part of the battle, because of the way the author Rick Riordan writes it makes me feel like the story is lively. Another thing I enjoyed about it is that it includes characters with many different backgrounds. Since everyone is undead, many people in Valhalla are from the past and present, meaning we get to see everybody's stories and a variety of different people all fighting against Loki. Also, this tells us that variety and diversity are very important in stories.

A character's personality plays a huge role. The characters can be all funny, sarcastic, and disciplined at the same time, which is impressive when you are probably going to die. Here everything is thrilling. I enjoyed the adventures of Magnus Chase because of the intensity and characteristics of all three books in the series.

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carter0ck
Jun 01, 2020

Magnus Chase - the ship of the dead is probably my most favorite book ever. It is humorous, has a good ending, and has good characters. I would recommend this book to people over the age of 8

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BookDragon07
May 14, 2020

Great! I loved it! I highly recommend if you loved Riordan's other books.

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tem453
Dec 29, 2019

Great ending to a great series. The climactic battle was perfectly fitting with Magnus' character, and was the perfect way to put Loki in his place. The bits of background that we get from the minor characters help to make them more than one-liner comic relief, and the ending gives a peaceful resolution to the story while still hinting at trouble on the horizon.

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anne1212li
Dec 20, 2019

Magnus Chase was an okay series. I read all the books but they were really generic. I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would, but it definitely could be better. I love Rick Riordan for sure though.

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green_shark_1428
Sep 09, 2019

didn't like it. nuff said

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aaliyahmj
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!

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lbewick
Aug 24, 2019

i liked Percy Jackson

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Runab
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.

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violet_gorilla_79
Oct 15, 2020

"In case you're wondering, Old York looks absolutely nothing like New York.
It looks older." - Magnus

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violet_gorilla_79
Oct 15, 2020

"I wished we didn't have to make our voyage while the two of them were feuding. Or while Sam was fasting for Ramadan. Or while Alex war trying to teach Sam how to foil Loki's control. Come to think of it, I wished we didn't have to make this voyage at all." - Magnus

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violet_gorilla_79
Oct 15, 2020

"I shuddered, imagining Alex Fierro as a giant pink - and - green koi." - Magnus

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LettuceBroccoli
Sep 04, 2020

I swear, if those two didn’t have me to chaperone them, they might do something crazy like hold hands. -Alex Fierro to Magnus Chase

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carter0ck
Jun 01, 2020

“ANHOURAREYOUKIDDINGME?”

— Jack

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AnaVictorious
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.

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AnaVictorious
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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carter0ck
Jun 01, 2020

Violence: A dragon is stabbed in the stomach and killed with a sword. Beware.

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MiraculousLover78
Aug 03, 2019

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

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AnaVictorious
May 05, 2018

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

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ShadowZero37
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.

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Luscka
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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