Review: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

The Ship of the Dead

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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 and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?

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“Sometimes, even Loki can be right.”

Now it has happened The Magnus Chase Trilogy has come to an end and I’m super emotional about it, because this is my favorite Series by Rick Riordan 😭 I desperately need more books about the Norse Gods and our wonderful characters. I want two more books like in his Series about the Greek Gods! Riordan has however said that he’s not 100% done with the Norse Gods and might revisit the world. Nevertheless The Ship of the Dead was a satisfying finale that settled things in a nice way.

📖  It remains a fact that Magnus is the best protagonist ever. He’s one of my all time favorite main characters, because I usually don’t like the protagonist best. Most of the time I fall for the supporting characters. However, Magnus is simply great and also very relatable. He’s also pretty much confused about all this Mythology stuff like I would be and is not a fighter. I love that he is a healer and not the traditional warrior protagonist, it’s refreshing to see something new! Magnus’s is also kind and cares so much about his friend, the team he has assembled is his greatest strength because he can always count on them. He always means well while also being a bit chaotic and clumsy. There are a hundred things I like about him and I’ll seriously miss him 😦

📖 I’m also in desperate need of a cool disco sword like Jack. Jack is the most hilarious talking object that has existed in any book. He’s always off to help Magnus and sing pop songs to distract the enemies, which just makes him so funny. Jack is a big reason why the book is always making me laugh, because he is simply quirky and great. You cannot help but like Jack, even though he’s a sword.

📖 Percy Jackson & Annabeth Cameo 😉 was great … enough said, you’ve got to see for yourself, because I don’t want to spoil too much, but the crossover was great! 🙂

📖 As always I immensely enjoyed Magnus group of friends. They are his family and have become a core group in the books. One of my favorite characters is Samirah who is learning to master her defiance to Loki and taking control all while fasting for Ramadan. She’s determined, clever and committed like that. Seriously Samirah is a badass and she’s definitely a great role model and I love her so much! Alex is great as well, determined, crafty, smart and mercilessly teasing Magnus all the time. It’s so hard to pick favorites among the main characters because Alex is really cool, badass and witty as well! Blitzen & Hearth are great duo and like the “parents” of Magnus.  They are also very close to each other. I especially felt bad for Hearth, because he is off to face the family that made him feel worthless once and for all. Basically I was worried for everyone, because I love them all so much.

📖 I loved that we got to see more of Magnus hallmates. They appeared in the previous books but now there’s more of a focus on them, because they accompany Magnus on his last journey. There’s Mallory an Irish redhead who is fierce and I loved that we learned more about how she died and lived before that. Her storyline has quite some interesting turns, which I really liked because they surprised me. Another things that made me happy was how she and Samirah grew closer together #girlpower. Then there’s Halfborn, the boyfriend and now ex of Mallory – oh oh – he also has some connection to the journey they are headed to. He’s got to confront his past and his relationship with Mallory. I personally loved them together, so I was on the edge of my seat watching them bicker and fight. Last up was T.J. and his adventures in England, where he thanked random English people and generally was hilarious (you’ll see what I mean). I always loved him and we finally got a glimpse at his father Tyr, which I had been waiting for forever!!!

📖 There’s also a little something happening between Magnus and Alex. It kind of foreshadowed all the way from book 2 so I don’t consider this a spoiler, but if you don’t want to know skip this point. Basically a romantic subplot was hinted at since the previous book, which was done really subtly, but you were definitely able to catch it if you paid attention. (which I didn’t on my first read 😅) Now we’re continuing at that pace and I loved the slow burn relationship that was happening between Alex and Magnus, as it made sense to be so careful and step by step. I just really liked them together and growing closer as time went on, their relationship is just so perfectly crafted that it feels real and realistic to me!

📖 There was so much humor like there usually is in these books. The last book didn’t disappoint here, it holds up the great tone with lots of great, funny quotes. I found myself laughing out loud several times like I did with the previous two books. Out of all Rick Riordan’s books The Magnus Chase Trilogy is by far the most entertaining and hilarious, which is saying something because all of his books are funny. Therefore, this book always made me feel good in a way, because you just cannot stay sad long if you read about Magnus great humor and metaphors. Especially if there is a big, huge boat called the Big Banana … just one example of many!

📖 I really did like the plot and the beautiful ending. I’m not going deeper into it, because of Spoilers, but I liked that the face off with Loki was different and not traditionally in battle. Instead they battled with words and Magnus was going against him with his own weapons while still doing it his way. Apart from that the very end was everything I would have liked, especially the ending paragraph. Everything was neatly tied up, even if my greedy self would have liked more, more, more forever.

IN CONCLUSION: The Ship of the Dead was a beautifully satisfying finale that left me emotional, but also peaceful in a way. It wasn’t a super dramatic finale, but one that settled things in a quiet, nice way which did make me happy. Still, I don’t want to leave these characters behind, they deserve more books! 😭

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What did you think of The Ship of the Dead as a finale? Would you have wished for more books in the Series as well? 📖

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