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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan + 50/50 Friday

Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.

This week I'm spotlighting a book I'm just about to start, The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan.  I'm really excited to start in on this novel - Rick Riordan's take on Norse mythology!

Without further ado:


Yeah, I know.  You guys are going to read about how I died in agony, and you're going to be like, "Wow!  That sounds cool, Magnus!  Can I die in agony too?"

No.  Just no.


"Luggage," he repeated.  "Do you have any?"

"Um..." I reached for my shoulder strap.  My backpack had apparently not been resurrected with me.  "No."

Hunding grunted.  "No one brings luggage anymore.  Don't they put anything on your funeral pyre?"

This week I'm also taking part in a brand new linkup called 50/50 Friday, which is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they'll have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - this week the topic is a sidekick who deserves a spinoff/ a sidekick who is better as a part of a group.

Deserves Spinoff:

Mr. Gray aka The Grey Man aka Dean Allen from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater - I would have said Ronan Lynch, but it sounds like he will be getting a companion trilogy!! Otherwise, I would love to see the Grey Man before (and after) this series takes place.

Better as a Part of a Group:

Lying Cat (and/ or The Will) from Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Watt - I can't imagine these two apart - they make such a good team! However, I wouldn't say no to a spinoff featuring both of these characters.


  1. I really need to read from this author. I've heard nothing but great things!
    Happy holidays!

  2. Funny opening line. I had no idea it was so humorous.

    1. Rick Riordan writes some pretty laugh out loud stuff. :)

  3. I hope you like Magnus Chase as it's one I really want to read too! :)

    Merry Christmas,

  4. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard literally looks so good. I adore books like this so I'm sure I'd fall in love with it! Also, can we just step back and appreciate it's cover???? So preeeeetty.

    Little Moon Elephant

    1. Rick Riordan's books always get pretty awesome covers, don't they! :)

      Thanks for visiting, Amy!

  5. I haven't yet read The Raven Cycle and I don't know why! I even have the first book waiting on my kindle and I've heard such good things about the series but I just haven't picked it up yet. Perhaps it'll be a winter break read for me :) Thanks for linking up, Lauren! I also haven't been able to start the new Magnus series although I love learning about all sorts of mythology so Norse should be interesting :) I still haven't been able to finish Blood of Olympus (the last book in The Heroes of Olympus) just because I don't want the series to end yet so I have no idea when I'll be able to pick up a Rick Riordan book again.

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. The Raven Cycle is one of my all time favorites, so I hope you'll love it! :)

      I haven't read The Heroes of Olympus, but I've finished Percy Jackson and read book one of the Kane Chronicles. I really should catch up! :D

  6. The Grey Man would be amazing in a spin-off! And I am so excited for the Ronan series, I loved his character! I recently finished the second Magnus Chase book and loved it - I love those quotes, Riordan is so good at humour!

    1. Yes!!! I'm eagerly awaiting it. Good to know - I'm about a third of the way through The Sword of Summer and it's very entertaining so far - not that I was expecting any less.

  7. I loved reading Magnus Chase! Great choice!

  8. I must finish the Percy Jackson series soon. I have the box set, but have only read two books. Hope you enjoyed your Christmas!

    1. It's so good! I hope you'll love the rest of the series. Thanks, Alicia!

  9. I've got The Sword of Summer sitting waiting for me and I'm SO looking forward to it! My son claims his ancestry is Cherokee, English, German and Viking :) The viking he claims comes from his dad's side but someone claims to have traced my paternal family line back to the "real" Odin (whose existence, of course, has only ever been speculative).

    1. It's so good so far!

      Well, that's sounds cool either way! :)

  10. I really need to read Rick Riordan books.


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