Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Series: Blackwell Pages (Book 1)
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (May 7, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
About the Book:
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.
Matt, Fen, and Laurie have to put aside their
differences and learn to work together as they go in search of other
kids to help them save the world. This book was interesting. It was a lot like the Percy Jackson books,
but I didn’t like it quite as much.
The three main characters came across as formulaic. Two boys, one girl. A
redhead with a temper, an orphan with an attitude, and a girl with a
brain. I’ve read far too many books with a similar cast of main characters.
I think I would have liked this book more if I hadn’t already read a few
dozen just like it. It’s written well enough, and I liked the concept
of the kids being descended from Norse gods. The characters are likable
and their differences kept their interactions interesting. There are a lot of action and fight scenes in the book, and I think kids
will like this series as long as they haven’t read too many other books
in the same genre.
Content: One off color comment.
Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.