The Almost Apocalypse: Review of Ship of the Dead

The best thing about fall has always been the new releases, and yesterday was the long-anticipated release of the third and final Magnus Chase and the Asgardians book, Ship of the Dead. 

Ship of the Dead follows the main character, Magnus Chase, and his (mostly dead) friends as they journey to stop Loki’s ship from escaping and starting Ragnarok, the end of the world. Along the way, the crew faces several challenges, both physical and emotional, as they journey the nine worlds of Norse mythology to prevent the apocalypse.

The Magnus Chase series will never be as good as the original Rick Riordan series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but it still manages to bring back many of best traits about Percy Jackson that were lost in it’s sequel series,  Heroes of Olympus.  Ship of the Dead continues with Magnus’s witty first-person narration and sarcasm, not to mention the creative chapter titles. Unlike much of Heroes of Olympus,  Ship of the Dead adds backstory to many secondary characters, such as TJ, Mallory Keen, and Halfborn Gunderson, while still including lots of the fan favorites, like Alex, Sam, Blitzen, and Hearthstone.

The challenges in Ship of the Dead are not as perilous as some of Rick Riordan’s other books, but that doesn’t stop the book from being captivating. Each crew member faces a unique challenge, and the challenges do nothing but enhance the each character. The characters themselves are well-written, too, flawed enough to feel well-rounded while still being likable people.

Overall, Ship of the Dead was a good read, and may be the best in the trilogy. It’s obvious that, while no new series will ever beat Percy Jackson, Rick Riordan has not lost his witty, entertaining, and amazing touch at writing books.

 Yes, it’s a “children’s book”, and yes, I am not a child. That does not mean it still can’t be enjoyed by non-children who either grew up on Percy Jackson like I did, or are just sick of the seriousness, bloodiness, and/or explicitness of adult works. 

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