Still loving reading the story of the dead hero. This time there's more mayhem and more backstory to fill in and enjoy. The loveable cast of characters is back plus some new faces.
We meet another child of Loki. That is interesting to say the least. I had a slight issue with the author pulling politics and teen trending identity gender preferences into the mix. Yes, there is much discussion about this in the schools, but I don't need my child to read about it in adventure/fantasy stories used for enjoyment and escape from real world problems. Parents should be aware of this fact before deciding if their child is ready to learn about it or be ready to discuss it if their child has questions. I mention this because he spends a full paragraph on it at the introduction of Alex and dialogue throughout the story regarding his/her fluidity.
That aside, Mr. Riordan maintains his high caliber of writing and adds the sass/snark style I prefer in Magnus to his other series.
Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon--the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki--and the price he wants is very high.