Odin's Ravens (Blackwell Pages Series #2)

Odin's Ravens (Blackwell Pages Series #2)

by K. L. Armstrong, M. A. Marr
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Odin's Ravens (Blackwell Pages Series #2) by K. L. Armstrong, M. A. Marr


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.

Authors K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr return to Blackwell in the epic sequel to Loki's Wolves with more explosive action, adventure and larger-than-life Norse legends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316204989
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Series: Blackwell Pages Series , #2
Pages: 342
Sales rank: 237,623
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr had been friends for several years and found themselves spending hours talking about mythology and monsters. One sleepy morning, they realized that M.A.'s second last name is Norwegian. (The similarity between that name and "Midgard Serpent" is totally coincidental.) With that link, in addition to K.L.'s love for tackling creatures in video games when not writing (and sometimes when she's supposed to be writing), their monster and myth fixation, and the books they read with their eleven- to thirteen-year-old sons, they knew they had to write the Blackwell Pages.

K.L. Armstong and M.A. Marr invite you to visit them at www.blackwellpages.com.

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Odin's Ravens 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
After reading the first novel in the book series The Blackwell Pages, Loki’s Wolves by authors K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr—I couldn’t wait to read the next installment in the series. Odin’s Ravens was intense, awesome and tons of Norse mythology as main characters Fen, Laurie and Matt try to stop the ensuing end of the world, Ragnarok. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the novel, especially since Loki’s Wolves held a lot of surprise twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. In Odin’s Ravens takes place right after where Loki’s Wolves left off. Fen, Laurie and Matt have all headed straight to Helen’s realm, the land of the dead, to get their friend Baldwin back in hopes of re-writing the sequence of myths and stop Ragnarok from coming. Heading into Helen’s realm, the trio faces threats they’ve never faced before, like two-headed jotuns, zombies and evil zombie kings who will stop at nothing to thwart Matt’s plans. However as their adventure continues, Matt and the cousins find new allies, old friends and Valkyries all ready for the end of days to arrive. What the trio doesn’t expect are for old faces to make reappearances, secrets to be revealed and a choice to be made for when Ragnarok arrives. Odin’s Ravens has messed me up. And I mean that in a really good way. The entire time I spent reading can be broken up like this: I was either a) On the edge of my seat, hoping that nothing went wrong b) freaking out because the possibility of something going wrong was very real or c) something wrong would happen and I had no idea how Matt, Laurie and Fen would go about fixing it. Odin’s’ Ravens is written in a way that will leave readers not only intrigued but also unsure of what will come next, with twists and turns just waiting to reveal themselves. Readers who have read Loki’s Wolves know that Matt, Fen and Laurie are left on a quest to find mjolnir and avert the end of the world. Yeah, totally cool man. Except that Odin’s Ravens takes that and shows that there may not get to be such a hopeful, simple outcome with Ragnarok fast approaching. As I said before things just get bad, bad, bad for the characters or make it look  like things are about to go pretty bad. It made for an exciting story and the novel’s conclusion—readers will be left begging for more. To know what will happen next (because seriously it ends on such a high note). A big thing in Odin’s Ravens is character development. In Loki’s Wolves there’s still a lot of feuding between Fen and Matt, neither of them really consider each other friends at first, Fen starts off as a cutthroat little crap—but that all changes in Odin’s Ravens. Fen’s character changes so much in the novel and it’s not hard to notice, he grows loyal to the group that he’s with, fesses up to things he wouldn’t in the novel prior. Plus characters with smaller roles in the last novel return and are expanded on a little bit more. There are still a lot of questions that have been left wandering through my mind ever since Odin’s Ravens has reached its end. What happens next is the first that comes to mind, the next being do things resolve? Does anybody die in Ragnarok? Will I be left weeping over fictional characters? Only the authors know, but I have a pretty good feeling that the next novel will leave readers on emotional rollercoasters as Odin’s Ravens did. I would have to recommend this series to readers who are big fans of Norse mythology. Don’t let the fact that this is a middle-grade novel deter you, the writing is still pretty amazing and the plot is great. If you want a novel that is non-stop action and adventure with no romance involved you’ve gotta give The Blackwell Pages a read. Like, right now.
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
Too much going on in one book I felt like there is too much going on in one book. The tweens go through adventure after adventure without pause. There's barely any time for a break before something new comes up. While this can sometimes make for a fast-paced, thrilling story, it didn't work for this story. Rather, it felt like too much is trying to be crammed in too much in one book, resulting in a lack of focus to the story. On top of that, the tweens don't really know what they're doing and often rely on other people to tell them what to do; instead of solving things themselves, they stumble around until divine intervention turns them in a different direction. The multiple POV didn't work for me either. While I like multiple POVs when the different narrators contribute an important perspective to the story, it doesn't do more than give us insight into different characters' thoughts here. It wasn't like they got separated, or one person knew something that another person didn't and it was important for us to know. Here, I feel like it's unncessary for the most part and actually detracted from the story because it jumps around from narrator to narrator so much and even made small skips in time that created awkward gaps in the storyline. I do like the team. They're a group of likable characters in their own ways. Matt is expected to be the leader and champion despite the lack of experiences to draw from. Laurie wants to fight, but the others keep telling her to stay back. Baldwin is easy going and amiable. Owen wants to help but has to stay back because of his powers. And I have a soft spot for Fen especially because he keeps trying to do the right thing and being awkward going about it. The group dynamics are fun and filled with good humor. However, the dialogue often seems forced and tends to drag, as if it's placed there for the sake of conversation. With one more book to go, it doesn't feel like the tweens have matured enough to take on Ragnarok. The biggest thing going on plotwise here is that they have achieved some important items and goals that may help them in their final battle. There is also the discovery of the brains behind the Raiders and the nasty cliffhanger the story left us on. While I wouldn't recommend this book to MG-fantasy readers as there are better ones out there, chances are high that I'll pick up Thor's Serpents because I've grown attached to some characters, and I'm interested in seeing how this all goes down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it, but the story plot gets really confusing at some spots. They need to organize it more. Otherwise its a great book and I would reccomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goob but could be better #BACON LOVE BACON LIFE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DON'T LISTON TO THE CRIDICTS THERR D*'S Forgive my tone if your under 9 dont read the first line just remember amazing book you must read it . It is fantastic!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"""""""""""""""! A MUST READ•
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SO SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WISH I WERE THERE IN THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM IN LOVE WITH MATTHEW THORSEN THROUGHT THE WHOLE SERIES!!!!!!!! MATT IS THE BEST SUPER-POWERED MAN IN THE BOOK!!!!!!!! (Spoiler alert! Poor Owen I wish he wasn't so sad, and Fen, well he is just doing his job: protecting Laurie! Stupid Skull!!!!! {You will find about that later! :-) } I hate him sooooooooooooooooo very much I just want to kill him! He is on the bad team if you read the first book: Loki' Wolves.) ALL YOU FEN BREKKE AND LAURIE BREKKE AND OWEN/ODIN AND BALDWIN AND ASTRID AMD SKULL AND HATTIE AND ALL THE REST OF THE CHARACTER (eccept Matt of course) LOVERS STOP AND LOVE MATT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 ;-D Keep calm and LOVE Matt Thorsen!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I highly recomend this book if you like/love norse mythology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand post this on 3 other books and wake up with a iphone5 under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I <3 THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book fsst paced but unlike percy jakson with lots of fightiing they finally have an all out batrle
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great for mytholigy lovers I personly think it was great other books like it are the pery jackson seiries and the red pirimid seiries
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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