The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series #3)

The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series #3)

by Rick Riordan
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The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series #3) by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin's chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn't naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus faces his most dangerous trial yet. His cousin, Annabeth, recruits her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, to give Magnus some pointers, but will his training be enough?
Loki is free from his chains. He's readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, complete with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Asgardian gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It's up to Magnus and his friends to stop him, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim, and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it's ready to sail. Along the way, they will face angry sea gods, hostile giants, and an evil fire-breathing dragon. Magnus's biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons. Does he have what it takes to outwit the wily trickster god?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423160939
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series , #3
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 921
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Rick Riordan, dubbed "storyteller of the gods" by Publishers Weekly, is the author of five #1 New York Times best-selling middle grade series with millions of copies sold throughout the world: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, and the Trials of Apollo, based on Greek and Roman mythology; the Kane Chronicles, based on Ancient Egyptian mythology; and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, based on Norse mythology. Rick collaborated with illustrator John Rocco on two #1 New York Times best-selling collections of Greek myths for the whole family: Percy Jackson's Greek Gods and Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes. Rick lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @camphalfblood.


San Antonio, TX

Date of Birth:

June 5, 1964

Place of Birth:

San Antonio, TX


B.A. in English and History, University of Texas

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The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done, Rick
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Solid fun adventure, not the best novel he has wrote but still a worthy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just enough open to make way for another series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another solid addition to the Riordan stable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait for next book.
BookPrincessReviews 16 days ago
This book got so meta for me at two separate points - it mentioned Godzilla while I was watching Godzilla and then mentioned the fourth of July while I was reading it on the 4th of July - so all the bonus points for that. This wasn't quite the ending I was looking for with this series. Usually Riordan excels at an amazing finale, but for me, this wasn't quite stellar. It just felt boring? I think the biggest issue for me was that there didn't seem to be an urgency to the whole Ship of the Dead needed to be stopped. I felt like we were being sent on quests and trying to find magical items like any ole Riordan journey; however, I didn't quite understand WHY we needed these things, how they related, and why we weren't rushing more to do other stopping Loki??? Usually, I'm pretty good at understanding the stakes, but I didn't quite feel the anticipation and pressure of the whole world ending. Instead, I just felt bored and wanted the book to hurry up. That was really my only gripe with the book, and the rest of it I quite enjoyed. One of the main things that I really enjoyed was the fleshing out of characters. Riordan is a master of creating a solid and entertaining quest crew, and I had always felt like Magnus had a few choice players but not really the crew that Riordan excelled at. This book really shown a spotlight on some of the other key characters that I had wanted to know more. TJ was amazing and I just love him so much; Mallory was complex, complicated, and so so so strong; and Gunderson had some depth and heart underneath all that muscle. We even dived in deeper with our lovely main characters - Magnus, Alex, Sam, Hearth, and Blitzen - even more which was amazing. I enjoyed the mythology aspects as usual. I thought Riordan picked up some interesting ones for this particular book. There were definitely some interesting ones - and I especially enjoyed Riordan's time down in the ocean with a hipster god. The ship was adorable as well - well, not sure about the Big Banana - but the one between Alex and Magnus. It came so organically, and I enjoyed how it wasn't the main focus but just a cherry on top of a fantastic sundae. They are so adorable together, and the mutual respect for each other is everything. I liked how Riordan gave some hints of it, and it was great to see it coming through. Overall, this wasn't the best finale that I've seen from Riordan or the one I was hoping for, but it was still a pretty good ending to a series I had a rocky beginning with it. I am fully invested in this crew now, and I so hope Magnus + Co. will be popping up again. The mythology aspects were great as always, but the pacing was just a bit off for this finale. 3 crowns and a Belle rating!
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BluePrelude 8 months ago
The story line is lost while the writer tries to indoctrinate the reader. Got it, he wants to expand the minds of your readers, sadly it is NOT up to him to teach young kids about ONE religion, while broadcasting the main character is an Atheist. As far as the plot to flighting Loki, nope, Riordan missed the point of flighting. The whole chapter is a total let down. This is the second time this writer finishes a series too fast, leaving way to many lose ends that won't be explained on new books. Very disappointing, I don't think I can buy anymore series written by Riordan.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Malex definetly also Amiriah( Sam amd Amir)
Anonymous 9 months ago
Expensive but worth it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome as always!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! Rick Riordan is an amazing mythology author !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible series! Never boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story begins with the introduction of the characters. The main character is Magnus Chase and he is described as a white boy with blond hair and son of an Asgardian god. In the story Magnus explains to us on who he is,”I was an einherji, one of Odin’s immortal warriors” (Riordan pg.3). We can infer that Magnus is probably a brave and heroic person to have become one of Odin’s warriors. Magnus is a hero that has died and now lives in the dead heroic world of Valhalla. On his quest with him and his peers, they have to stop Loki and his ship. Magnus exclaims,”I had to find Loki’s demonic ship full of zombie warriors, stop it from sailing off into battle and triggering Ragnarok…” (Riordan pg.14). Ragnarok means that the world would end if Magnus does not stop Loki’s ship from sailing. The reason that Loki is sailing is because Magnus and his warriors couldn’t stop Loki from escaping his chains. This is their last chance to stop him. What I enjoyed about this book so far was how entertaining it was. It can intrigue a reader like no other book. I think that the author, Rick Riordan, does so well with bringing different beliefs into his books. A few of my favorite parts in the book are the beginning, when Magnus is learning his sailing skills, when he and his friends sail. Finally when Magnus has a vision and talks to Loki. I would recommend this book if you enjoy the history of Asgardian gods and adventure because you can be entertained and learning at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very funny, and heartwarming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best book series I have ever read, and a great end to the journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, The Ship Of The Dead was a great addition to the existing Magnus Chase series. In The Ship Of The Dead, by Rick Riordan, is the third book in the series. Mangus is is one of the many people in Valhalla, where norse demigods go, when they die with a weapon in their hand. He I also a son of Frey, which is fairly rare. Along with his companions, a few are Samirha al-Abbas, Alex Fierro, Blitzen, Hearthstone, and Jack, Magnus's flying, singing, dramatic, magic sword, Magnus has to stop Loki and the Naglfar also called “the ship of nails”, so that Ragnarok is delayed. Ragnarok is the death of the entire universe, and will happen eventually. All the gods can do is try to delay it. In The Ship Of The Dead Magnus has to overcome many more challenges, along the way, like fitting the god of mischief, Loki, into a walnut, by using his brain, magical powers of Frey which is his father, and the resources around him. The Magnus Chase series is based off of Norse mythology. For a few years, Rick Riordan has been writing series based on different mythologies. Rick has already made series based on Greek, Egyptian, Roman, and now Norse mythology.The book was a very fun, and interesting read, with all of the problem solving, and abstract thoughts with the mythology, and the humor, which comes out of Rick in his writing. This book is great for readers ten and older, and is realistic fantasy. I started reading Rick Riordan's book when I was ten. I had never liked reading up until then, but once I started reading Rick’s book, my mind opened up, and now at the age of thirteen, I love to read most genres of books (maybe not romance though). Rick is very good at hiding jokes in his writing from other series, or the real world. Even if you do not like fantasy, or mythology, I highly recommend this book. The Ship Of The Dead is sure to spark your imagination, and give you a nice laugh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really and truly enjoyed this. I'm a veteran of all of Uncle Rick's series, but he stil manages to hook me every time. And this book is no exception!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rick for life
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rick is such a good YA author. I feel like I can relate to the characters and I feel like im really there. One of the best book series Ive ever read, and Ive read a lot of books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As expected from Rick Riordan I learned so much and laughed and had my heart strings pulled in all directions. Well done sir, well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rick Riordan has a fantastic gift of story weaving. Front the first to the last page the reader is captivated by the characters and their quest . Absolutely engaging!