Original Title: Loki’s Wolves
Year Published: 2013
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 358
First Sentence: “Matt walked through the center of Blackwell, gym bag in hand, jacket thrown over his shoulder.“
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
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.
This was a really fun book. Lately, I’ve gotten really into the Norse mythology and this book was, therefore, perfect for me to read at the time (I read it around Christmas). It was fun and used the Norse mythology in a very interesting and pretty original way.
I really enjoyed the characters. We have three main characters: Matt, Fen and Laurie. The were all very interesting and bring something unique to the plot. They were fun to read about and I really enjoyed getting to know them.
The plot was also really interesting. The fact that pretty much everyone in the little town was descendants from the Norse gods was an interesting take on the myths and also created an interesting atmosphere for the actual plot. It meant that the author had to come up with a good reason for why our main characters, and the people they pick up throughout the book, were extra special. Not special, but EXTRA special. This I thought that the author did very well.
Strangely enough, my issue with this book is that I wanted more! I wanted more of the Norse mythology and how it was tied to the characters in the book. Sure, there was a lot of it and things were probably withheld from the plot because they will be explained in the other books.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do!
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