6/5/14

Odin's Ravens

Author: K. Armstrong & M. Marr 
Pages: 342 
Publisher: Little, Brown 
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Seven kids, Thor's hammer, and a whole lot of Valkyries are the only things standing against the end of the world. 

When thirteen-year-old Matt Thorsen, a modern day descendant of the Norse god Thor, was chosen to represent Thor in an epic battle to prevent the apocalypse he thought he knew how things would play out. Gather the descendants standing in for gods like Loki and Odin, defeat a giant serpent, and save the world. No problem, right? 

But the descendants' journey grinds to a halt when their friend and descendant Baldwin is poisoned and killed and Matt, Fen, and Laurie must travel to the Underworld in the hopes of saving him. 


But that's only their first stop on their journey to reunite the challengers, find Thor's hammer, and stop the apocalypse--a journey filled with enough tooth-and-nail battles and larger-than-life monsters to make Matt a legend in his own right.



My Summary: Matt Thorsen and his friends knew that going to the Underworld to rescue their friend Baldwin wasn't going to be easy, and they definitely didn't expect to return relatively unscathed. But upon return to the mortal world, Matt and his friends learn a disturbing secret that could mean that even their families aren't to be trusted as the battle for the future of the world nears.

My Thoughts: Another solid installment in this refreshing new series by Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr! 

I really liked that this installment went deeper into the motivations behind Fen's actions, as well as giving us a better glimpse into the mind of Matt. The characters in this novel feel so real - they have insecurities and family issues and recognize that they aren't prepared for what they need to do - and that makes it incredibly easy to relate to them.  

The elements of mythology woven through the novel were perfectly done. I found myself laughing out loud more than a few times at the juxtaposition of modern day teens and ancient Norse gods and monsters.   

The writing - as per usual with these authors - was flawless. I really enjoyed the way the point of view jumped from character to character, as it really set the tone of the novel and helped you understand the characters. 

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this series to anyone looking for a refreshing middle-grade read with a new spin on mythology, as well as fans of the Percy Jackson series. 

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