If you’re a fan of Rick Riordan’s books, you likely already know that he has a new book coming out tomorrow. It’s the second book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, The Hammer of Thor. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have lost quite a few details since reading the first book–and I don’t have time to go back and re-read it–so a little refresher would be helpful. Luckily, that’s where my latest read steps in.
Hotel Valhalla: Guide to the Norse Worlds isn’t a recap of the first Magnus Chase book, The Sword of Summer, but it does go a long way in re-introducing readers to many of the characters we either met or heard about in book one.
This guide, intended for einherjar new to Valhalla (Magnus Chase in particular), is a handy intro to the gods, goddesses, and other “mythical” creatures one may encounter. While providing information on the various beings, including powers and appearance, it also gives a behind-the-scenes look at the who’s who of the Nine Realms. Some things may be surprising, but the entire book is sure to entertain and inform.
If all you know of Norse mythology comes from Marvel comic books and movies, this book is a great reference (especially the pronunciation guide and glossary). It alludes to some of the events in the first Magnus Chase book, and it gives a glimpse into the second. I plan to keep it very close when I begin reading The Hammer of Thor (which will be delivered to my house tomorrow).
To learn more about Hotel Valhalla, the Magnus Chase series, and the other fabulous books by Rick Riordan, visit the author’s webpage.