The Ship of the DeadeBook - 2017
In the third book in Rick Riordan's epic Norse mythology series, Magnus and his friends take a boat trip to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard's greatest threat. Life preservers are mandatory for this wet, wild, and wondrous adventure.
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?
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Three days is a long time to sail with an evil walnut.
After the water horses dumped us - 'They got bored,' Sam explained, which was far better than them drowning us - I summoned the Big Banana and we all climbed aboard. Heathstone managed to invoke the fire rune kenaz, which saved us all from freezing to death. We sailed west, trusting our magic ship to take us where wre needed to go.
He left, whistling a tune that might have been a Frank Sinatra song from the elevator, Fly me to the Moon.
Blitz and Hearth were almost top the shore when Alex stopped abruptly.
I didn't have any energy left either, but I thought I should try to sound encouraging. "We-we have to k-keep going." I looked over. We were nose-to-nose under the blankets. Her scarf had dipped below her chin. Her breath was like limes.
Then, before I even knew what was happening, she kissed me. She could have bitten off my mouth and I would have been less surprised. Her lips were cracked and rough from the cold. Her nose fit perfectly next to mine. Our faces aligned, our breaths mixed. Then she pulled away.
"I wasn't going to die without doing that, " she said.
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