7/4/13

Loki's Wolves

Author: K. Armstrong & M. Marr 
Pages: 368 
Publisher: Little, Brown 
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.



My Summary: In a family of super-talented people, Matt stands out. He's not the perfect son his parents want - and already have two of - but according to the town Seer and some ancient runes, he's the Champion of Thor: a descendant of Thor chosen by the god to represent him at battle of the end of the world. 

Fen and Laurie Brekke are cousins and descendants of the god Loki. And while Laurie doesn't know it, she and her cousin have inherited some powers that they'll need to use to help Matt and the other Champions at the battle of Ragnarok. But can these kids really be expected to stop the end of the world on their own -- especially with a traitor in their midst?

My Thoughts: Yet another awesome MG novel for the summer! I've had some great luck so far, because Loki's Wolves was everything I hoped for and more. 

This book was so incredibly addicting. I found myself flipping pages at tremendous speeds, reading every word like my life depended on it. This is the kind of book that traps your mind and doesn't let you go until the end (and then makes you wish you could get your hands on the next installment). Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr are some of my favourite YA and adult authors, so there really wasn't any worry on my part that this would be anything but a 5-star book. And it was. The illustrator did an amazing job on the cover art and the interior illustrations, which really brought the story to life. I also really liked that the basic mythology was explained well for those of us (me!) that aren't very knowledgeable about Norse myths.

Final Thoughts: If you loved the Percy Jackson novels and are looking for an addicting summer read, this is definitely your book. Fans of Kelley Armstrong's YA series (the Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies) will also enjoy it. I can't wait for book two!

1 comment:

  1. i have read a lot with reimagining greek myths but for norse myths this is the second one (Age of Odin)..... i saw this on edelweiss but didn't request because i already had too many to review.....but totally adding this to my b'day list

    great review

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

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