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Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong {Just Hatched}

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Note: I received an advanced copy of Loki’s Wolves from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong {Just Hatched}

Loki's Wolves by K.L. Armstrong (The Blackwell Pages #1)
Published by Little Brown on May 7th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 358 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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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.

2 Stars

How is the writing style?

The story is told from three perspectives: a boy descended from Thor, a girl descended from Loki and her cousin also from Loki. The writing is pretty standard for this type of middle grade. It’s light and to the point, though the three perspectives are fairly different fortunately. Also there are illustrations!

General tone of the beginning

Loki’s Wolves starts with a confrontation between our three main characters to make it clear that their heritage makes them enemies on principle. Something unique from a lot of this genre is that the kids know about their heritage and know how to use some of their supernatural powers (with one exception). I liked that that tone was set immediately since it makes for a different book all together.

Setting, genre, etc?

Contemporary fantasy middle grade. Very much in the vein of Rick Riordan.

Verdict

  1. My current read, leave me alone! (~5 stars)
  2. Reading in the near future *hides from TBR pile glare* (~4 stars)
  3. Hoping to get back to eventually (~3 stars)
  4. Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
  5. Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)

I’m giving this two stars. I’m very picky when it comes to this kind of book (I haven’t even read all the Percy Jackson books because I got bored!) and so I won’t be continuing but this will obviously appeal to the same readers that have devoured all of Riordan’s series, though with a bit of a twist.

Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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