Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2, by Rick Riordan
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.
BookDragon says: We read book one a while ago, and it was fun but not our favorite Riordan book. Book two picked up the pace and brought in some amazing new characters and story lines. We have gender-fluid Alex, child of Loki. She might be your friend, or he might chop your head off with a flying shard of pottery — tread lightly. Growing up Muslim in a modern Western world with Viking Gods is respectfully explored, as well as the themes of young love, propriety, friendship, racism and abuse. We were happy to be surprised this time around — but we shouldn’t have been. Riordan is a master.