I love Rick Riordan. I enjoyed everything I have read by him so far. They are teaching books without getting in your face about it.
Until this one.
I appreciated the diversity of characters, however, instead of just sneaking in strong Muslim or gender fluid characters and having them speak for themselves, I felt like our friend Rick was really trying to hammer home, (ha ha, that was an accidental pun), the fact. I found it came off as a bit preachy and distracted from the plot at times and so I took longer than usual to read this one.
He almost lost me until he referenced “The Princess Bride”.
Overall, I liked revisiting the Norse mythology that I read about as a kid and will keep up with the series.