Bestseller Stat Shot

The kickoff installment to Rick Riordan’s new Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, The Sword of Summer, easily topped the children’s fiction bestseller list this week with 69K print units sold. The series is inspired by Norse mythology and follows several monumentally successful series that are based on other ancient mythologies (Greek, Egyptian, Greco-Roman) and that have sold many millions of copies in print and have been spun off into a film franchise. Here’s how Sword fared its first week out compared to Riordan’s prior series launches.

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