My thoughts and opinions on… “Magnus Chase: The Ship of the Dead”


It is time to talk about the last book in the “Magnus Chase” trilogy. The last book in the trilogy is named, “The Ship of the Dead.” The author, Rick Riordan, is the one who wrote this book.

In “The Ship of the Dead” the main character is a boy named Magnus Chase. Magnus Chase is the cousin of Annabeth Chase. Annabeth Chase is one of the main characters in the “Percy Jackson” series. However, this book is not about Percy Jackson or Annabeth Chase. This book is all about Magnus’ journey.

Magnus Chase begins his journey with his friends from Floor Nineteen in the Hotel Valhalla. The Hotel Valhalla is the place where warriors go if they die a hero in their previous life. The cast of characters on The Floor Nineteen are: Thomas Jefferson Jr., Alex Fierro, Halfborn Gunderson, and Mallory Keen. Magnus also goes on this journey with the Valkyrie that brought him to The Hotel Valhalla in the first book. Her name is “Samirah” or “Sam.” Finally, Magnus goes on this journey with the dwarf, “Blitzen,” and the elf, “Hearthstone.”

The journey goes off-the-rails almost as soon as it begins. Magnus and his friends are on a ship to sail toward the god, Loki. They are trying to stop Loki from casting off on The Ship of the Dead. If Loki begins to set sail on The Ship of the Dead, then, Ragnarok will begin. However, immediately, Magnus and his friends’ ship is commandeered. A giant and the giants’ daughters manage to grab Magnus and his friends so that the giants can eat them for dinner.

Magnus comes up with an idea to help the group to escape. As a result, Magnus must find a drink known as “Kvasir’s Mead” before he reaches Loki’s location and Ragnarok begins. The search for “Kvasir’s Mead” leads him and his group of friends toward death-defying situations.

I liked this book. That is how I feel about most of Rick Riordan’s books. However, the end of this book was lack-luster. Rick Riordan’s books are always fast-paced. They are always filled with action. However, I felt like the end of this book fell flat. I wanted more action at the end of the book to really show how Magnus has grown and developed over the course of the trilogy.

One of the things that I really liked in this book was when Magnus and Alex Fierro had an intimate moment before the last chapter. I feel like those two have promise.

“The Ship of the Dead” is the book that ends this trilogy; however, I definitely feel like Rick Riordan left the book open-ended. I predict that Magnus will have more adventures in the future. I will be happy to read all about them when I can.

I give this book a 3-star rating. It is a good book, but it is not one of my favorite Rick Riordan books.

Always with infinite love,
Selena London

10 thoughts on “My thoughts and opinions on… “Magnus Chase: The Ship of the Dead””

  1. I liked the first book in this trilogy the most. I am excited to read about Magnus Chases’ face-off with Loki.


  2. I grew up reading the Percy Jackson books. I’m glad Rick Riordan is still writing his books based-off of different mythologies. Nice post.


  3. I agree with your rating. I disliked the end of this book. Maybe if Rick Riordan writes more books in Magnus Chases’ world he might change a few things.


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