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"Fierce adventure, lightening pace, furious action, and original, engaging characters. I was hooked from the first hammer swing."
Praise for Loki's Wolves:
"This rousing, fast-paced adventure, first in the Blackwell Pages trilogy, will please readers who loved John Stephens's Books of Beginning and Rick Riordan's modern-day twists on ancient myth."—Publishers Weekly
"Loki's Wolves brings Norse mythology to the modern world...The background and explanation of the legends are clear and a natural fit to the story and dialogue, bringing life to lesser-known Norse mythology...Recommended for those who enjoyed Rick Riordan's 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' series."—School Library Journal
"This smart, fast-paced, action-packed novel...offers readers a solid adventure story that still manages not to skimp on character...An excellent what-to-read-next for Percy Jackson fans, this novel will also please young readers of Marvel's Thor and myth-lovers already familiar with Norse lore..."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Fierce adventure, lightening pace, furious action, and original, engaging characters. I was hooked from the first hammer swing."—Eoin Colfer, New York Times bestselling author of Artemis Fowl
"Loki's Wolves has everything--a fast-paced, exciting plot, endearing and honest characters, Norse mythology with a contemporary twist, and plenty of heart. I can't wait to find out what happens to Matt, Laurie, and Fen!"—Ally Condie, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Matched
"These authors are no strangers to weaving a compelling tale. Once the story moves past the background, the plot picks up quickly and the adventure doesn't disappoint."—Library Media Connection
Posted May 7, 2013
A storyline for all ages: REVIEW: LOKI'S WOLVES is the first storyline in Kelly Armstrong/Melissa Marr's new middle grade series The Blackwell Pages based on Norse mythology and the end of the world. If you are a fan of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief et al, you will like this particular series. Although the premise and its characters focuses on thirteen year old reluctant heroes, the novel can be read by teens and adults of all ages.
The story tells the tale of a Norse legend where Thor (the god of Thunder) and Loki (god and shapeshifter) must band together to prevent the end of the world known as Ragnarok. There are varying myths-some say they fought side by side, while others say they were enemies until the end. Loki is known as malicious and a trickster.
In Loki's Wolves, are two young heroes, Matt Thorsen and Fen Brekke, along with Fen's cousin Laurie, are forced into a war between good and evil. But it is Matt who learns rather quickly that he has been chosen to fight the serpent and in doing so, it could very well end his life. The scenarios presented look grim from all accounts and many of the old Norse mythological stories run true to form as the young teens search South Dakota for the other young descendants of Norse deities who will fight by their side.
Along the way, our young trio must fight a shapeshifting pack of wolves, trolls who turn to stone at dawn and an evil witch who brings nightmares and death. Many of the Norse mythological gods and demons are represented including Odin, Frey and Freya (the twins), the Norns (females who rule the destiny of gods), Valkyries, trolls, Balder and more. If you are a fan of Norse mythology many of the gods and the storyline premise will be a contemporary but familiar friend.
Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr have brought together their combined ability to tell a story and have woven a fantasy tale to be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Loki's Wolves is the first storyline of what is sure to be a wonderful series full of childhood adventures with mythological creatures and supernatural powers
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Posted May 8, 2013
As a fan of Norse mythology, I enjoy that there is finally a series dealing with these myths. An interesting plot, with good twists, keeps the reader for the most part engaged in the story.
The band of young heroes fight monsters and other creatures from myths, while trying to figure out their opinions about their fates and each other. Exciting, and enjoyable.
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Posted July 5, 2013
I have been so excited to get reading Loki’s Wolves by authors M.A. Marr and K.L. Armstrong (a.k.a Melissa Marr and Kelly Armstrong!! *Insert the fangirling here*). Norse mythology, two awesome authors and a book about three kids trying to stop the end of the world? You had me at Norse mythology! Right from the opening chapter I was addicted and in love with Loki’s Wolves until the very last page.
Loki’s Wolves is the story of main characters Matt Thorsen and Laurie and Fen Brekke, three kids who are the descendants of Norse Gods. Matt being the descendant of Thor and Fen and Laurie are the descendants of Loki. When Matt discovers that he will be representing Thor in the coming battle leading up to Ragnarok (a.k.a. the End of the World) he finds himself on a quest to find the others who will be representing the Gods so that he can stop a plot that involves his death. This quest brings Matt, Fen and Laurie closer together as they encounter Valkyries, trolls and other creatures from Norse mythology.
What I really liked when it came to reading Loki’s Wolves was that finally, after so much waiting and reading Greek Mythology I finally got to read a novel about Norse Mythology. Why was I so excited? Have you not read up on any of this stuff? Even seen a Marvel movie *cough, Avengers/Thor, cough*? Sure that last one wasn’t exactly a great example to use but the point is that Norse Mythology is awesome. With this book being written by two of my favorite authors, I knew that they would pull it off awesomely and they totally did. This definitely gave me my Norse Mythos fix.
I don’t usually read middle grade novels but when I do I usually find that I enjoy them because the plots don’t revolve around romance and are more light than some of the heavier YA novels out there. Loki’s Wolves was fun to read. And I don’t mean fun like it made an awesome picture in my head (which it did) but the plot and writing style was fun. It wasn’t too serious and it wasn’t too light, it was a fun read that I got addicted to right from the first chapter. Despite that there are still a lot of serious scenes in Loki’s Wolves that give the novel a sense that the characters are in fact trying to prevent the end of the world.
The cast of characters in Loki’s Wolves was really awesome. I personally enjoyed reading chapters from Matt’s POV (point of view) more than the other characters just because he has the power of Thor… and that’s kinda awesome… but the two other main characters, Fen and Laurie, were equally awesome. Fen is chosen to be Loki and Laurie is his cousin who he is very protective of. They have a brother-sister relationship that I really adored. Laurie, being the only female main character, was one that I liked to read about. She was smart, witty and very willing to take action. While none of the characters encountered any romance I personally ship Matt and Laurie (Maurie? Latt? Maurie Borsen? All the possible ship names!).
I would recommend Loki’s Wolves to readers who are looking for a read that is non-stop when it comes to pacing that keeps you reading until the very last page and to readers who are looking for a new series to fall in love with. After that ending I know that I will be highly anticipating the next book in the Blackwell Pages.
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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.
Being this is a Kelley Armstrong book and I love her other works, I had to request a copy from Netgalley. I am not a big children's or YA reader, but I can tell you it was well worth the read!
I liked that they were similar to Rick Riordan's books, but they were totally different in feel and voice of the Authors. I loved the use of Norse Mythology as a background of the story, I thought it was creative and fresh. I am not going to go into the storyline, the synopsis does a great job as an overview. I will say the characters are appealing and you really get into the story, both adults and kids will like it.
In conclusion, this is a great, action packed story, that both my children and I enjoyed immensely and hope the series keeps going!
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From all the reviews, it looks like it. Can't wait to read this...'cause Loki's in it!! But keep in mind it is NOT Tom Hiddleston/Marvel Loki, but we still get more Loki all the same.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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