The Sword of Summer is the first novel in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy, written by American author Rick Riordan. It is a fantasy novel based on Norse mythology. It was released on October 6, 2015 by Disney•Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group. It is narrated in the first-person view by Magnus Chase, 16-year-old demigod and homeless orphan. After his death and arrival in the Norse afterlife, Magnus discovers that he is the son of the Norse deity, Frey, and must stop Fenris Wolf from escaping his prison and ending the world.
The Sword of Summer has appeared on the New York Times children's Best Seller list and the USA Today Best Seller list. Reviewers such as Publishers Weekly have praised the book, saying, "Riordan plays much of the material for laughs...and brings the Norse gods into the 21st century... The sensibility is right in line with the Percy Jackson novels, and the audience will be just as large."
A sequel, The Hammer of Thor was released on October 4, 2016