Lingering Lamb Update:
Recently, I’ve been blogging whenever I’ve had time to write. From now on, though, I will be writing articles in advance and schedule them for Tuesday and Saturday.
During vacation six years ago, I picked up a book that sparked my imagination almost as much as the Harry Potter series did. The book had compelling characters, an amazing plot, and a universe where Greek gods assisted their demigod children in legendary quests.
The book: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.
The Percy Jackson series consisted of five volumes, all of which made it on the New York Times best-seller list. The series did so well that Rick Riordan expanded Percy’s story into five additional books known as the Heroes of Olympus series.
All ten books were worth reading. While the first series introduced a bright, intriguing world with a great arc, the second series focused on its cast, introducing a broad range of relatable characters.
I have to say, Riordan did a great job transitioning from Percy Jackson to the Heroes of Olympus. While the Percy series weaved Greek mythology into the story, the Heroes series introduced Roman mythology in contrast with the Greek (long story sort… without spoilers, the Greek gods and the Roman gods are the same…) The books were beautiful, and I learned more about Greek and Roman mythology through them than any other books.
Something concerns me, though. The Heroes of Olympus series ended only a year ago, and a new book, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer has come out.
Riordan said in an interview that the protagonist, Magnus Chase, is none other than the cousin of Annabeth Chase, who is one of the main characters in both the Percy AND Heroes series.
In my opinion, story’s need to end. I don’t like it when an evil villain is stopped, then another villain appears out of thin air. For example, what if Harry Potter realized, after defeating Lord Voldemort, that Nevil Longbottom was Voldemort’s evil nephew, and that he was an even bigger threat than You Know Who?
I fear that this is about to happen with the Sword of Summer. Riordan was able to pull it off with the Heroes series, but I don’t think he can with this one.
My point is… If Riordan, in any way, ties Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard with his previous books, it will denote the significance of the book that sparked my imagination: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.
The Sword of Summer is on my Christmas list, so I will definitely be reading it.
What do you guys think? I know many of you are Percy fans. What are your expectations for Riordan’s new book, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: the Sword of Summer?