The Blackwell Pages #1
authors : k. l. armstrong & m. a. marr
pages : [paperback] 358
favorite characters : laurie & fen
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.
I loved this book so much! I’m a little reluctant to read most middle grade books now that I’m older, not just because they aren’t written with my age group in mind but because most of them seem to be redundant. Loki’s Wolves is anything but that, reminding me of the Percy Jackson series because of its band of kid protagonists and its plot is rooted in mythology. Yet this book can stand on its own as well without a comparison to a series as popular as that one. It has its own adventure and fun atmosphere as well as wicked fight scenes and others that will pull at your heart.
I think that this book is great because it was rooted in Norse mythology . . though it actually took me a little way into the book to realize that the setting was in America! All of the characters have their little flaws, especially the main ones. Fen and Matt dislike each other because their ancestors were Loki and Thor, respectively, and it seems like each has inherited a few abilities from his ancestor. Now that the world is at stake they need to suck it up and work together or risk everybody dying or else sending the world into another ice age. I loved seeing how their relationship changed and developed throughout the course of the book.
Laurie was definitely my favorite character in the book. She doesn’t seem to have any particular abilities which made the boys want to protect her but she forces her way through to stand on her own. I love how she doesn’t want to let anyone take care of her to the point where it isn’t like she can handle anything for herself. Her relationship and friendship with Fen was so sweet because I could really see how the two have cared for each other as they’ve grown up together.
I don’t know much about Norse mythology so I’m looking forward to learning more as this series continues. I’m hoping that it does for me what other book series have shown me about other myths. I’d recommend this for anyone looking for a book with a great cast of characters and a new take on old myths.