11:45 am EDT, April 28, 2016

First look at ‘Magnus Chase: The Hammer of Thor’ by Rick Riordan

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The Hammer of Thor is the second novel in the Magnus Chase trilogy, Riordan’s first foray into Norse mythology.

The first book, The Sword of Summer, followed Magnus as he learned what life after death was like for a Norse warrior, and all the excitement and danger that brings. You can read our review here.

The Hammer of Thor’s official synopsis reads, “Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon – the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds – but this time the hammer isn’t just lost. It has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki – and the price he wants is very high.”

EW has the exclusive first look at Hammer of Thor, which will be hitting shelves on October 4, 2016. The cover is below, designed by Riordan’s long-time working partner John Rocco.

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The cover reveals Thor and Loki looking out from the center, behind Thor’s hammer. Magnus is in the middle, carrying his sword, while the roots of Yggdrasil can be seen across the top of the image. Below, Magnus is standing on frozen ground, which may be Niflheim, the world of ice, fog, and mist.

You can also head on over to EW to read the Q&A with Rick Riordan, as well as the first chapter in the book. It looks like we meet up with Sam and Otis right from the beginning, but neither one of them sticks around long — for very different reasons.

Remember that Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle hits store shelves first, on May 6, 2016.

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