October 11th, 2016 07:29 am (UTC)
I feel the same way about Gods of Asgard--I loved the Greek universe (well, I suppose RR is kind of linking it all together through Annabeth, although I can't quite figure out how the logistics of it works) but the Norse was just a bit meh. I think a large part of the problem might be that I just couldn't care much for Magnus, and he's the narrator. I like the other characters well enough, there's definitely a fine supporting cast in Sam, Blitz and Hearth, and now Alex, too, but I guess when the narrating voice doesn't grab me, that's where it falls apart.
Though I must say Hammer of Thor was more enjoyable for me than Sword of Summer. After reading the latter I found I'd reached the end with absolutely no clue as to what had just happened. A day later I couldn't recall any of the plot points.
Like you, I'm definitely more interested in the next Trials of Apollo book!
I've heard of possible Reyna/Apollo speculation before, and while I like it in terms of its fit with what Aphrodite says, the one problem I have with this idea is that personality-wise, Reyna just doesn't seem like a match for Apollo. Not even in an 'opposites-attract' way. But as you mentioned, healing the heart doesn't necessary have to mean romance.
I agree with you about Ella possibly playing a larger role, since Apollo is off in search of the Oracles. (Does this mean we'll see Tyson again, too? :D) I definitely think that there will be time spent at New Rome in the next book.
I've been trying to square what we saw at the end of Hammer with what might be going on in the Greek world, and the timeline completely boggles me. Annabeth mentions graduating from college, and I'm like, wait, they've barely gone.