I discovered Rick Riordan as a mature adult and have been enjoying his stories overall. However, to the Magnus Chase series is my least favorite for two reasons. First, the characters are Viking editions of the Percy Jackson characters. Riordan did Percy Jackson so much better. Second, the Magnus Chase series is a walking political agenda for identity politics — and that part of the series is laughable and preachy.
Riordan has written some entertaining series. He writes for the young adult audience but folks of all ages can enjoy his stories. If you’re in the mature range, the reading is fast and don’t expect to broaden your vocabulary. However, Riordan provides an entertaining twist on ancient mythologies.
Here’s my recommendations: 1. Percy Jackson series - Excellent! Lots of engaging characters to enjoy and care about. Entertaining plots. 2. The Kane series - Good. Same as above. 3. Apollo series - Good. It’s hilarious to hear Apollo’s god-y perspectives. Meg is a bore, though, and my least favorite character to date in the Percy Jackson world. 4. Magnus Chase - Okay. The character personalities are reboots of Percy Jackson. I kinda of care about them and kind if don’t. The series is more violent. And there’s the identity politics agenda.