Title: Loki's Wolves
Author: K. L. Armstrong & M. A. Marr
Series: The Blackwell Pages
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult
Release Date: May 7, 2013
I received this book from Shelf Awareness & Hachette Book Group, in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: In Viking times, Norse myths predicted the end of the world, an event called Ragnarok, that only the gods can stop. When this apocalypse happens, the gods must battle the monsters--wolves the size of the sun, serpents that span the seabeds, all bent on destroying the world.
The gods died a long time ago.
Matt Thorsen knows every Norse myth, saga, and god as if it was family history--because it is family history. Most people in the modern-day town of Blackwell, South Dakota, in fact, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt's classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke.
However, knowing the legends and completely believing them are two different things. When the rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and kids--led by Matt--will stand in for the gods in the final battle, he can hardly believe it. Matt, Laurie, and Fen's lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team to prevent the end of the world.
Thoughts: Blackwell, South Dakota is like any other town in the U.S. - except with one difference. The residents are all descended from the Norse gods Thor and Loki. Matt Thorsen, Fen and Laurie Brekke have grow up knowing everything to do with Norse Mythology, it's a way of life. Now the seers have announced that Ragnarok is upon them. Matt Thorsen has been chosen as a champion. Along with the rest of the kids in town they will fight in the final battle.
Excellent story! I loved all the Norse Mythology, gave wonderful depth to the world building. The old world mixed with the modern one was interesting to read. Loki's Wolves is an enthralling novel. With riveting plot and loveable characters. A must read! If you're a Percy Jackson fan, there is a good chance you'll love Matt Thorsen & company.
Score: 4 Stars