Well, after he's gone and she notices what he was looking for. She can't help herself, and soon she teams up with Bosch to work a cold case. And, as they work together, the more of a team they become. I'm a big fan of cold cases and I love the teaming of Ballard of Bosch. The older cop and the younger one that both can learn from each other, not to mention saving each other's lives.
I want to thank Orion for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review! Nov 10, L. Another stellar book from Michael Connelly. In this one he alternates established everyman protagonist Harry Bosch with newer main character Renee Ballard. Harry is always an empathetic character--strong, virtuous, sensitive--but Connelly and his editor have done a good job of providing an experienced, alternate, woman's voice in Renee Ballard. Sep 10, Gary rated it really liked it. Michael Connelly is an great crime thriller writer with the excellent character Harry Bosch, but he doesn't stop there.
He has created other enjoyable lead characters like Mickey Haller The Lincoln Lawyer and now Renee Ballard who comes into her own in this 2nd book where she teams up with retired detective Harry Bosch. Detective Renee Ballard works the late shift and teams up with Bosch who is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a drug addicted runaway who was brutally Michael Connelly is an great crime thriller writer with the excellent character Harry Bosch, but he doesn't stop there. Detective Renee Ballard works the late shift and teams up with Bosch who is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a drug addicted runaway who was brutally murdered 9 years ago.
The pair share similar attitudes and are both prepared to bend the rules to get justice where necessary and make enjoyable reading. The character of Renee is further developed throughout the novel following on from 'The Late Show' where she was introduced by the skilful Connelly who looks to have another winner with this one. His books are so well thought out and show an inner knowledge of police procedural's and an eye for detail, supplying the reader with realistic entertaining books that rarely fail. I finished the book wanting to read another one straight away.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Orion Publishing for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. More Bosch than Ballard, Dark Sacred Night teams up Michael Connelly's longtime protagonist with his latest to create a well balanced and entertaining police procedural bathed in the darkness of LA's nighttime underworld. Bosch has a case which haunts him; the murder of an underage prostitute he's never been able to solve.
The case eats away at him. Every day he's reminded of his failure, in part due to the dead prostitutes mother who shares his personal residence - their relationship purely plat More Bosch than Ballard, Dark Sacred Night teams up Michael Connelly's longtime protagonist with his latest to create a well balanced and entertaining police procedural bathed in the darkness of LA's nighttime underworld.
Every day he's reminded of his failure, in part due to the dead prostitutes mother who shares his personal residence - their relationship purely platonic. Ballard, perennial member of the 'late show' aka the night shift in LA's police department, catches cases only to throw them to other detectives when the sun comes up. There's a decent smattering of small time cases for her wade through in Dark Sacred Night but it's when her world and Bosch's collide, do things get really interesting.
I enjoyed Dark Sacred Night. Personally, I was hoping for some more Ballard-based books; the character does well to hold her own without the need for a heavy hitter to push the book into 'best-selling territory' but Connolly makes the duo work; their chemistry is natural and the multi-POV methodology fits seamless into the narrative this made more apparent with the changing narrators in the audio version.
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Dark Sacred Night has a decent plot at its core complimented by enjoyable supplementary cases the two protagonists find themselves entangled. Bonus points for reading perfectly well as a standalone in its own right. Renee Ballard is working her usual late night shift when she finds a man going through files at the station. It turns out this stranger is Harry Bosch, a retired detective, who is working on a cold case that has turned personal. Ballard sends him on his way, but begins looking into the files Bosch was flipping through. Once she does, she becomes interested in the case too: Ballard begins investigating Renee Ballard is working her usual late night shift when she finds a man going through files at the station.
Ballard begins investigating the case as well, forming an alliance with Bosch and attempting to find out what happened to Daisy nearly a decade ago. I was a little leery when I learned that Connelly was going to combine Renee's story with my beloved Harry Bosch's let's just say I love Bosch too much to share him , but this book was really excellent , and I found myself enjoying the two of them together. The narrative switches between Ballard and Bosch, so we still get to hear from each character separately: There's a moment in the book when someone asks the pair how they want some files, and Ballard responds "digital" and Bosch, "print," and we get a sense of the fact that--no matter how clever and similar they are--Bosch is truly our old school guy and Ballard is the new blood.
So combining forces might not be so bad after all. I love Harry Bosch. I've loved him for about seven years now, since I discovered this series, and I will always adore him, and I don't like that he's aging, and yeah. Reading his sections was like being back with an old friend. Connelly has Bosch's character and voice so perfected by now. I don't want to reveal too much, but this book ties back to the previous a bit though it will work on its own , so we see Bosch struggling with some of the choices he made in the last book and figuring out exactly where he stands in his career.
I really tried to read this one slowly and savor it, as Connelly books especially with Bosch just don't come along every day. I love how Connelly seems to know so much e. Even better, you always get such a good story. I enjoy how he ties so many of his disparate plot pieces together , or comes back to something you think is totally unrelated. And there's always some sort of recent pop culture worked in a bit of the MeToo movement pops up here. There's a lot going on this book--after all, we get cases from both Bosch and Ballard, plus their shared pursuit of justice for Daisy, but it all works in Connelly's deft hands.
He is the master of interlocking stories. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I was fascinated to see Bosch and Ballard interact, and I was so glad to have another episode featuring my beloved Bosch. If you're a Bosch fan, I think you'll like this one. And if you just enjoy a good, well-plotted mystery, I highly recommend this one as well. View all 3 comments. Oct 08, Mandy White rated it it was amazing Shelves: Michael Connelly was one of the first "grown up " authors that my Dad got me hooked on when I was a teenager and all these years later he is still going strong.
I was so very excited to be approved for an early copy of this book and writing a review for it terrifies me! I hope that I can do this book and the author justice. When you have a character like Harry Bosch who bends the rules, is stubborn and does things his way how do you team him up? With a female detective working the late show in Hollywood who livestream out of a van at the beach, does things her way and never gives up.
Renee Ballard was introduced to readers in The Late Show and to have her working with a fan favourite in Harry Bosch was just brilliant. The banter between these 2 characters who have a very similar work ethic was fun. Michael Connelly is so good at the detail I love jos he describes LA and Hollywood and makes you feel like you are there with them. At first Renee is wary of Harry, when she catches him trying to get into an old filing cabinet in the Hollywood Precinct. The pair start to get to know each other and between call out some on the late show she starts to work on her hobby case with Harry - a case that has gotten under his skin and he is determined to solve.
The case is a 9 year old cold case of the murder of 15 year old Daisy Clayton. Working together the over long hidden secrets while they continue their everyday work. I loved this book and feel honoured to be able to share my views on it. I can't wait til the audio releases at the end of October so that I can listen it all over again read by Titus Welliver.
Highly recommend this book and anything else that Michael Connelly has written. A very big thank you to Orion Publishing and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased View all 15 comments. Sep 08, Emma rated it really liked it Shelves: This is really the book that establishes the premise for the rest of the series.
I think I am going to enjoy this partnership. Both Ballard and Bosch are lone characters, both are very experienced and very good detectives, very dedicated and willing to bend the rules. I have always been ambivalent about whether to start the Bosch series and I thought this new series would be a good way to dip my toe in the Bosch waters.
It did however make me feel slightly paranoid that I might be missing references from previous books, which spoiled my enjoyment just a little. I am one of those people who needs to start a series at the beginning and work through in strict order! Thanks to Netgalley for an arc of this book.
This outing has a combination of the perennially awesome Bosch and the newcomer Ballard from his previous book, The Late Show unsurprisingly, really good. I liked how both were wary about the other, neither have histories of working well with authority so naturally cautious, but once they have worn some rubber together they develop a firm bond.
The massive downside of finishing this novel, having to wait for the next one! Thanks to NetGalley for a copy for review, this was it! Nov 05, Monnie rated it it was amazing. Admittedly, I wasn't all that taken with Ballard in The Late Show , but the aging Harry has never failed to reel me in. It's much the same here; I'm still not an all-out Ballard fan, but by golly, the story is so good that it didn't matter.
And, the more I learn about Ballard the more appealing she's becoming I very much like the way she interacts with Bosch. In fact, by the end of this one I felt more attuned to Ballard than to Bosch. After her complaint of sexual harassment at her old job fell flat, she was reassigned to the night shift, where she's been for three years now.
With her partner on bereavement leave, she's been working solo. One night, Bosch wanders in, claiming to be looking for information on the murder of year-old Daisy Clayton nine years earlier. Intrigued by both the case and Bosch himself, Ballard decides to help and gets permission to look into what's now a cold case - pretty much working in her spare time.
Of course, both Bosch and Ballard are working on other cases, and those stories get interwoven via chapters that shift in perspective from one to the other. Readers also learn more of what has shaped each of their characters, from Ballard's childhood to Bosch's shaky standing with the LAPD. As the spare-time investigation of Daisy's murder gets under way, it's interesting to watch the evolution of their interactions as Ballard at first takes issue with Bosch's so-what attitude toward bending the rules unlike her, he's got nothing much to lose.
Concurrently, Bosch gains a bit of respect for her position - and in the end, they meet in the middle in a sort of tentative acceptance and a partnership that, I presume, will continue in future books. There's nothing tentative about my opinion of that: View all 6 comments. So this was the match-up that I never knew I needed. I am now wishing that Connelly had decided to match-up Harry with a strong female non-romantic lead before. Fingers crossed that Connelly resists the urge to put them together.
It is mentioned many times that Bosch is as old as her father Renee but Connelly also heavily implies that Renee has issues over the death of her So this was the match-up that I never knew I needed. It is mentioned many times that Bosch is as old as her father Renee but Connelly also heavily implies that Renee has issues over the death of her father.
That said, the only reason why I gave this four stars, is that I had a hard time with the ending. He has somewhat burnt all of his bridges with the LAPD due to some of his own actions and lawsuit against them which he won. Renee is still on The Late Show, however, she seems more content with her place in that group now. Renee is working late when Harry Bosch "invites" himself to go digging through a detective's drawer looking for some index cards on a cold case.
Renee is initially mistrustful of Harry not blaming her but then becomes intrigued when she finds out he is looking for the murder of a young woman who is related to a friend of his. Harry is also dealing with a cold case in Sen Fernando that is taking up some of his time as well.
We also get to see Renee working some routine and not routine calls while working solo on the Late Show. Harry seems more mellow in this one. I think he's a bit burnout because the woman he meets in the last book Elizabeth is now living with him. I maybe went "Error, Error" when Connelly reveals that. Though Harry and Elizabeth are not romantic partners yet she is cooking and keeping house for him while he is out chasing down leads on her daughter's cold case. I definitely believe in redemption, but I am still shaking my head at Harry taking on so much with Elizabeth because she resembles his ex-wife Eleanor.
And of course he and Maddie are partially estranged over this nonsense. If Bosch realized that Elizabeth looked like his dead wife, I am sure Maddie realizes she resembles her dead mother. Harry seems separate from prior characters in this one except for Lucia Soto, his old partner and his partner so to speak at San Fernando, Bella Lourdes. We have no mention of him reaching out to his brother, Mickey Haller I am guessing Bosch is still ticked about what went down in "Two Kinds of Truth" or to anyone else.
He does call J. Edgar for some information and then just hangs up on him still being treated like crap by Harry. I did laugh when Harry had the nerve to tell Renee to ask about him, that he was always a good partner. Renee is still feeling pretty great about solving the case in The Late Show. She has seemed to make more friends in the department, and once again Connelly shows us how smart she is when she walks into a scene and deduces how an older woman was killed.
I felt very a ha my dear Watson when she walks the officers through what happened. The same thing occurs on another call of Rene's in a missing person case. I like the contrast between her and Harry. Harry would have went in guns blazing, but Renee is more methodical about things. We get some call-backs to earlier Bosch cases and of course long-time characters resurfacing. I did have to say that I was surprised at the who done it in this book on the cold case involving Elizabeth's daughter.
The case Bosch was tied up in felt like a weird distraction after a while. Connelly switches from Renee and Harry's perspective throughout the book. We get a kindly reminder of who is "speaking" too just in case you get confused. I don't think readers will, but it's a nice call-out to those listening to on Audible.
I liked all of the writing in this one and you can feel the difference between Renee and Harry's sections. Connelly knows both of their voices. The flow was good between chapters and I maybe had a panicky moment when it looked like our fair heroine and hero were looking to end things on a sour note. Connelly pulls things together though in a kind of Hail Mary I am not sure about.
The setting of this book is LA after hours. We have Renee and Harry doing a lot of leg work at night and around dawn. And at one point, Harry is going on very little sleep doing day shifts, coming home to sleep eh and eat and then meeting up with Renee. I am glad the book didn't have this going on for that long since it was making even me antsy after a while.
The ending shocked me in a good way and I wonder at the implications for future books. I don't know how Connelly is going to do this, but I have faith he will do it well. Here's a double helping of Michael Connelly's creations as Renee Ballard teams up with Harry Bosch in another well written police procedural. On the down side Connelly once again uses a tired crime cliche, which lets the book down a little. Without giving this irritating piece of lazy writing away I'll just says that the author used it in the previou Here's a double helping of Michael Connelly's creations as Renee Ballard teams up with Harry Bosch in another well written police procedural.
Without giving this irritating piece of lazy writing away I'll just says that the author used it in the previous Ballard novel The Late Show as well. Ballard works night shift or the late show as it's known in LAPD, a solitary job with its slow times so she's immediately curious when she finds Bosch rummaging in the department's filing cabinets. He explains about his "hobby case", looking for the killer of teenage runaway Daisy Clayton back in and soon she's as involved as he is.
I thoroughly enjoyed Dark Sacred Night with its mixture of procedure, or in Bosch's case non-procedure, mystery, thrills, tension and character. Mr Connelly is currently peerless in his ability to weave so many disparate elements together seamlessly into a very readable novel. While Daisy Clayton's killer is very much at the forefront of their minds the investigation has to take a backseat to their regular jobs so the reader is treated not just to that investigation but Bosch's efforts to solve the cold case murder of Uncle Murda, a San Fernando gangbanger killed 10 years previously, and a series of vignettes as Ballard responds as and when required.
All of it has something to say about Los Angeles, its denizens and lifestyle with some of it amusing, some of it sad but all of it hugely enjoyable. It's like a massive tableau of life with the reader being offered glimpses. I said it about The Late Show and I'll say it again here. I love the tone of the narrative with its dry recounting of facts and the cops' acceptance of whatever is thrown at them. That's not to say they don't care, more that it's often just another obstacle they can't change to overcome in their dogged pursuit of justice.
The arrival of Harry Bosch, however, brings a more emotionally charged atmosphere to the novel as he identifies with the victims and survivors.
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Dark Sacred Night is a great read which I have no hesitation in recommending. View all 7 comments. Bosch and Ballard together solving crimes in downtown LA, sounds a recipe for success, unfortunately my original enthusiasm was not realized. Ballard is the new kid on the block, first introduced last year in the excellent "The Late Show". She has a lot to prove, riding the night shift, surfing in the morning accompanied by her faithful dog Lola. It's tough working as a female detective always open to criticism and ridicule and constantly under the watchful eye of her male colleagues just waitin Bosch and Ballard together solving crimes in downtown LA, sounds a recipe for success, unfortunately my original enthusiasm was not realized.
It's tough working as a female detective always open to criticism and ridicule and constantly under the watchful eye of her male colleagues just waiting for disaster to strike. Bosch of course is the grizzled vet, working out of the San Fernando police dept on "cold cases" that still remain unsolved after a number of years. Daisy Clayton was murdered nine years ago, her body found naked and bleached clean to hide all trace of DNA.
Ballard discovers Bosch working on this unsolved murder and she decides to help him in her downtime. So up to a point this story is full of potential and hope. However this is not the only case the detectives are involved in and that's where the narrative comes undone. When I read a detective story I want the author to concentrate and build the storyline one theme or murder or numerous murders as in the case of a serial killer This gives the reader time to become acquainted with the various issues raised and characters introduced.
Harry at the same time is involved in a crime case with gangland connections that goes terribly wrong. Ballard has her own heavy work load including a potential rape case that becomes something different entirely. Having said that a Michael Connelly novel always contains some great moments with Harry Bosch at the centre. He is a maverick investigator refusing to admit that he could ever be a target, but on this occasion he is wrong.
In addition he is harbouring an unexpected house guest and the fallout from this has a tragic outcome. So "Dark Sacred Night" is not a bad novel it is simply that I expect such high standards from the author. The partnership of Ballard and Bosch works to an extent but the Daisy Clayton killing seems to lose its impact as it becomes lost amongst the ever increasing workload that forms the agenda of our two hard working detectives.
Bosch is a loner, a detective who shirks instructions, and this is the very quality that makes him so attractive to his many adoring readers. Yes lets develop the career of Renee Ballard Nov 03, Marcel Driel rated it it was ok. The team up between Ballard and Bosch does a disservice to both: Dark Sacred Night is an unusual bland and sometimes even boring book which is more like a series of events than a story with a interesting plot. The ending is better then what came before, but the solution to the mystery came out of nowhere. Hopefully Connelly will get his groove back with his next novel.
This is a terrific B and B criminal mystery. Long may it continue, if the next books in this series are anything like this one. Renee Ballard is a strong female character whom Connelly recently introduced to his readers in The Late Show, the first book of another new series he just started. She was an up and coming detective for This is a terrific B and B criminal mystery.
At first discouraged at being essentially punished for reporting the truth, and later for not being able to follow through with middle of the night cases she must turn over to the day shift, Renee has now adapted to her new circumstances and even found some satisfaction in working more independently, finding ways to be a part of the daytime investigations.
Bosch is driven, which intrigues Renee enough to have her doing some digging on him, which leads to her approaching him about assisting him on his latest cold case investigation. This book picks up right where Two Kinds of Truth left off, with Bosch trying to fulfill a promise to a a regretful, drug addicted mother whose daughter ended up on the streets, then murdered nine years ago in a case that was never solved. Wanting to bring closure for the mother and justice for her daughter, Bosch goes to excruciating lengths to investigate the case, even the smallest lead, aided by Ballard on her off hours and between her nighttime duties.
As usual, I enjoyed the excellent writing and well developed characters, both individually, as well as together. And the more I read of the story, the more relieved I was about the direction their relationship was going since I was hoping that Connelly would keep it strictly professional. Connelly knows this and maintained his integrity as a writer in how he handled it, even adding something special to their relationship that was perfectly natural, considering their background and personal histories.
It makes for exciting stories, but if it continues, I fear it will harm their believability. A little danger goes a long way. A lot of danger gets in the way. I do have two questions at the end of this book, though. View all 17 comments. Ballard crosses the path of Bosch while he has been investigating a cold murder case of an underaged prostitute-drug addict.
The two decide to investigate this murder and the novel moves on from there. The novel also includes other current investigative cases being worked on by the two detectives. One being where Bosch is actively being hunted by violent gang members. Connelly does quite well pushing the investigations forward while allowing the cases to be solved by dogged police work and shoe leather.
Now, it may be seen as Connelly-heresy to point this out, but for novels based in policing, Connelly mostly avoids the gallows humor found in policing and tends to stick to a cold, hard fact-like type of storytelling. But of course, with Harry Bosch on the loose!! As it is, this book was pretty much dominated by Harry Bosch. Pity, because as a character she has quite the story.
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The ending left it open for them to work together again; but I really hope that is way on down the road and this series gets back to focusing on her. Michael Connolly is one of those authors that you can trust to create a compelling tale that is taut and paced to perfection, and Dark Sacred Night is another stunning success and is book number twenty one in the captivating and critically-acclaimed Harry Bosch series.
The need for a new Detective has certainly been evident over the last few novels with Bosch becoming increasingly frustrated by his job as a part-timer at San Fernando PD. She actually reminds Michael Connolly is one of those authors that you can trust to create a compelling tale that is taut and paced to perfection, and Dark Sacred Night is another stunning success and is book number twenty one in the captivating and critically-acclaimed Harry Bosch series.
She actually reminds me a lot of the energy and vim Bosch used to have, but we all know that when two people are so much alike there can be issues with keeping that relationship ticking over. So, will Ballard and Bosch be able to overlook each other's flaws in order to focus on the cases at hand, or will their relationship end up fraught with disagreements and awkward moments? After all, with two fantastic brains working on the cases that come in from around Los Angeles, the criminals will need to be extra crafty. As always, the plot is a heart-in-your-mouth affair with action and excitement aplenty.
All too regularly I come across thrillers that are so lacking in terms of realism that the whole book feels jaded because of that. Luckily, here, Connolly's descriptions of police procedure, forensics and settings, all come across as authentic and well-researched. I tore through this in record time as putting it down was simply not an option. Whenever I tried, it was back in my hands within five minutes as I was intrigued to discover what happened in the end.
With masterful characterisation, an exhilarating plot and writing that draws you into the story from the first few pages, this was one of my favourite reads of I hope there will be many more additions to this series, and I look forward to seeing both Bosch and Ballard developing and evolving personally but also as an investigative duo!
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I know absolutely nothing about Norse mythology. Norse mythology was a big wide world of nothing for me. This series took me a while to get into and to learn the particular gods of this world, but once I was into it I was so completely in love with the characters. He creates fresh characters in every series and their backstories will have you in tears. We have such a diverse cast of characters particularly throughout this series that it is the perfect middle-grade novel.
This book details Magnus and our well-known friends going on a journey to defeat Loki. Of course, nothing goes right and there are several side adventures that keep humour up and myself engaged as a reader. This was the perfect book for me to read at the current time. My family is going through some struggles right now and I am getting my wisdom teeth ripped out on Thursday, so I just need to keep myself distracted but not too distracted, if that makes sense? Riordan is one of the best writers for the plot, though.
I just love all the additions to the overall story and the even larger addition of humour. These books will get you smiling and giggling. It was cute, sweet and completely relatable. The trauma between characters is never disregarded either, which I loved. He makes me laugh so hard and constantly keeps me on my toes with his snarky remarks or embarrassing moments.
He truly grows in this book. He comes into his own and discovers more about himself and the other around him. I wish we got more of his grief, though. He has lost so much for such a young child and I would honestly be a wreck if it was me. I am blown away. The way he is such a caring individual as well. I mean, he is the son of a god who heals people, so it makes sense.
I just adore Magnus Chase. He is a sweetheart and I just want to hug him. They are all incredibly important throughout this particular story. Making their mark and giving us a bit more information on characters that have felt neglected in the past two books. I particularly liked seeing Sam do Ramadam, it was interesting to have that different spiritual connection throughout the book that focuses on a mythology.
It was truly heartbreaking. The same goes as we learn about Mallory, T. J and Gunderson, how they all ended up in Valhalla. It has left me desperately and anxiously wanting more. My only complaint would be, not enough Percy Jackson. I was really hoping the Greek and Norse worlds would have come together in this novel, but oh well, what can I do now? View all 7 comments. The good thing about Rick Riordan's books is that you always know what you get.
They are light-hearted, funny, fast-paced, and just lovely to read. Having said that - I think he might be running out of steam here. I will not even try to give a synopsis because, like all the books in the Percy Jackson universe before this, it's basically: The recipe works; the books are all insanely readable and fun but, especially the later ones get a little bit stale.
Not enough that I stop reading them, mind, but enough to make me hope that Rick Riordan will actually manage to wrap them up sooner rather than later so that they can end on a high. What I love about these books is how obviously aware of his readers Rick Riordan is - and he tries to write characters that many people can relate to.
I find that especially important in Middle Grade books. He seems to have such a lovely, positive world view and his books reflect that. They always emphasize friendship and being there for each other and being a good person. I think one of the reasons this book did not quite work for me is the fact how very dark the underlying mythology is: It is filled with the knowledge that the end of the world - Ragnarok - is inevitable.
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And this grimness does not quite mesh with the light-hearted voice of the series. But still, I enjoyed reading this book and spending more time in this world that feels familiar, it is comforting to know exactly what to expect and I needed that. View all 3 comments. Enchantress rated it it was amazing Shelves: Really complete 5 Golden Stars I couldn't spot even a tiny flaw through reading; things kept happening in every pages! Really enjoyed this book! I can add her into my list of a few favourite female characters. Nov 15, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: You are the best!
I have been trying to decide what it is about these that I love so much. And I realized that it's because Magnus is, well, such a sweetheart. He is a genuinely compassionate and just sweet guy, and I adore him for that. His first thought, in any situation, is how to take care of his friends. He knows he's not a good fighter, and he doesn't like fighting, so he's always Oh, Magnus!
He knows he's not a good fighter, and he doesn't like fighting, so he's always looking for other options and ways they can talk things out, and I adore him for it. He's also funny, but without being mean or snarky, and naive without being stupid. He's the perfect man. I also love how Riordan, through Magnus, points out how completely crazy and occasionally gross Norse mythology is. You know me, you know these are my ancestors, you know I read a lot of Norse mythology. But let's face it: And what would that LOOK like?!
The fact that Loki once turned into a beautiful lady horse, and later had an eight-legged horse baby?! And I love the cast of characters in this. Samirah El-Abbas and her magical hijab. Alex and her green and pink fashions. I just melted with love for poor Amir, who is doing his normal human best to not freak the frak out and be supportive of all this, and who brought Magnus a cooler of falafel sandwiches for their deadly quest. So, if you haven't read this series, DO IT.
The first book is The Sword of Summer. However, if after the first book I was positively surprised but not impressed, the rest of the series just got better and better and I can almost say I find this just as good as the other series. This series stands out in how diverse and open-minded it is. How many books have you read that figures characters with different religious beliefs without any of them being judged for it, or only seen through it , characters with disabilities and I mean important characters , characters that are gender fluid and characters with different sexualities, and more?
A book that does not make those things the most important thing about these characters. Because what is important is how kind, brave, funny, sassy, and heroic they are. I love all of those characters and I would do anything to protect them. Alex, Sam and Hearthstone especially. Oct 28, Jessica rated it it was amazing. Like all the books in this series, I really liked this. I think the best part of the series are the characters. I loved how his friends from the 19th floor had a bigger role in this book and had more character development. All of his friends are just so precious.
I love them and want to protect each and every one of them. Overall, this was a fantastic installment in the Magnus Chase series. The best way I can describe this series in one sentence is: Degna conclusione di questa bellissima trilogia dedicata agli dei nordici! Oct 08, Giska Anandita marked it as to-read. We can finally see Percy xD But we have to wait for another year: View all 10 comments. Son dos personajes maravillosos y que Rick Riordan introduce en la trama de una manera completamente natural y no por "cumplir cuotas de diversidad".
Y encima es hija de Loki. Alex tiene todos los dones de Loki: Pero odia a su madre y se ha unido al grupo de Magnus para detener el Ragnarok. View all 4 comments.
After reading October 11th, This trilogy has been just so heart After reading October 11th, I am going to miss the bravery that is Samirah al-Abbas, and the adorableness that is her and Amir. I am going to miss Blitzen and Hearthstone who are the true heroes. I am going to miss Alex Fierro who constantly changes but is always true to who they are. I am going to miss Mallory, TJ and Halfborn who have been through so much, but are so loyal and the best friends anyone could ask for. And most of all, I am going to miss the sunshine and sweetness that is Magnus Chase.
I am so proud of these nerds, I will miss them all so much. It won't do a thing to the person you hate, but it'll poison you, sure enough. Me after finishing Sword of Summer: Me after finishing Hammer of Thor: They have similar sassy personalities, but I don't know if Percy will be able to get over the fact that Magnus hates the color blue by the way, can we just talk about how Magnus Chase shares a name with Magnus Bane who is in love with Alec Lightwood? And Rick also dedicated the first book to Cassie which means they're friends and probably messing with us Oct 03, no rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 24, Calista rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm sad to be done with Rick's Norse books.
Rick's writing is so clear and he has such a deep understanding of mythology to be able to play with the gods the way he does. These are some of my favorite books as I love anything having to do with mythology. I also enjoy that Magnus is a healer. It's nice that he heals. Also, I think Alex is one of the coolest characters in literature. It' I'm sad to be done with Rick's Norse books. Rick also tackles homelessness in this book. It is such a well done book. They have to face off against Loki in a Flyting to prevent Ragnarok. They go through some rough realms to get there. It starts off at a fast pace and keeps that up.
The stakes are high and the action is packed. Magnus has a capable team of adventurers. I'm glad this was my final book for Jan 29, Fatima Havilliard marked it as to-read Shelves: Shield that protected Sol in the chariot from the sun. Sword of the god Heimdall. Longship of the god Balder. Also there is some thing that I want to see.
Well tbh all the fangirls want to see him: Oct 09, Kayley rated it really liked it. Rick Riordan is always a great read, no matter the flaws in his stories. I am very grateful for Magnus Chase, a character I once upon a time called a cheap Percy Jackson knock-off, but who is actually a great character in his own right.