Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Shannon's Review - Loki's Wolves by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr

Title: Loki’s Wolves
Series: The Blackwell Pages #1
Authors: K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr
Genre: Juvenile, Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy, Norse Mythology
Publisher: Little Brown Books For Young Readers
Received: Given For Review
Release Date: May 2013
Pages: 358

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

A retelling of Norse mythology for pre-teens, Loki’s Wolves is the first in a trilogy called The Blackwell Pages. Similar to the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, we are introduced to a main character, Matt Thorsen, who is related to a God (or so his family history states). Then we meet Laurie and Fen, descents of Loki. Fen and Matt do not get along that well. Fen tries to do everything he can to protect and take care of his cousin Laurie. The world shows signs that the end of the world, or Ragnarok, is coming. As a descendant of Thor, Matt must lead a group of kid descendants to stop the destruction of their world.

I find nothing wrong with this being similar to another author's series. In fact, I think this will fill the readers' ache for more like it. I enjoy mythology retelling as much as I enjoy fairy tale retelling. The book has quick paced chapters, and I did not expect the ending. It made me eager to read the next book.

I like that all the kids have different abilities that relate to the Gods they are a descended from, but my mythology knowledge is not so great. I wish the authors had told us a little more about each kid’s divine ancestor and why they had that ability. I do realize some of the kids did not know they were actual demigods, so maybe the reader knows as much as they do.

As a whole it is a good read. It’s got action, adventure, magic and monsters. I plan on reading the rest of the series. I recommend this one for fans of the Percy Jackson and the Harry Potter series.

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