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9 From the Nine Worlds (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard)

Review

9 From the Nine Worlds (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard)

Just when you thought the final chapter had been closed on Magnus Chase and his friends from Rick Riordan’s Gods of Asgard series, 9 FROM THE NINE WORLDS appeared to serve you nine short stories featuring --- you guessed it --- nine of Magnus’ friends and companions traversing through each of the nine Norse realms. Magnus may be off visiting his cousin Annabeth Chase (who readers may remember from the Percy Jackson series), but all the usual shenanigans at Hotel Valhalla stop for no one! Samirah, Hearthstone, Blitzen, Alex and many more still have plenty of stories to tell.

In addition to this little book giving several of readers’ favorite characters their own perspectives from the first time, 9 FROM THE NINE WORLDS gives a little glimpse into Riordan’s unique interpretation of Norse mythology. Not to mention, there are several beautiful art pages each with a full-page image of each realm.

"If you are a fan of Riordan’s stories, then I highly suggest you pick up this short-but-sweet addition to this ever-growing storyverse!"

Each of these stories is, well, short. While they hold all the trappings of any Riordan story, some of them feel a little too short. If each story had more of a chance to stretch its legs and feel more fleshed out, then I would have enjoyed it much more. Though that is not to say I did not enjoy it at all --- it was great to get to experience the perspectives of some of my favorite characters from this series! As always, I simply wish there was more, because I’m always ready to devour more of these demi-god stories. Still, each little story had its hilarious moments.

There is one thread connecting all these stories, but I won’t spoil that for you. Even so, the transition from one story to another felt a bit jarring, and some felt as though they ended far too soon. Cramming in big story hooks like evil gods and angry dragons into so few pages definitely had me flipping pages to find out what happened next, but I guess those things are all old hat for these characters!

Those unfamiliar with the Gods of Asgard series might find themselves confused by picking up this book first, but it could easily be used as a primer to see if these hilarious gods and demi-gods are for you. If you are a fan of Riordan’s stories, then I highly suggest you pick up this short-but-sweet addition to this ever-growing storyverse! It will fit nicely right alongside the Greek and Egyptian supplemental books from Riordan’s multiverse.

Reviewed by Katherine Szabo on October 25, 2018

9 From the Nine Worlds (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard)
(Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asguard #3)
by Rick Riordan