Saturday, August 24, 2013

Book Review: Loki's Wolves

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

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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Norse mythology seems to be becoming popular, as I've read several books recently that mention the old gods. Think I need to brush up on my mythology, as I don't remember much beyond the basics (Odin, Loki, and Thor).

This story has three narrators:  Matt, Laurie, and Fen. Matt is not only a descendant of Thor, but is also the sheriff's son and grandson of the mayor. Lots of pressure on poor Matt, who feels like he can never measure up to his family's high expectations. Laurie and Fen, descendants of Loki, are cousins. Related to the trickster god, their family includes shapeshifters and are definitely from the wrong side of the tracks! While they're not bad kids, trouble seems to find them despite their best intentions.

The shift between narrators is pretty seamless and each chapter is labeled with their name, so you always know who is talking. Sometimes multiple voices can be confusing or jarring, but the authors make it look easy and the story is nice and smooth.

Really enjoyed this story, as it sets up the new series nicely. Ragnarok is coming and, since the old gods are dead, it's up to their descendants to fight the final battle! Too bad the Chosen Ones are all kids.

Matt, Laurie, and Fen are all likable characters, and I like that they aren't superheroes and don't really know what they are doing. Don't like stories where the MC is supposed to be an ordinary person, yet instantly knows how to kick butt and use their powers. Nice to have ordinary kids making mistakes as they try to figure out how to save the world.

Without a real plan, they go off in search of other descendants to help in the final battle. I really appreciated that their path wasn't easy and that everything didn't fall into place all nice and neat. Yes they find other descendants, but not everyone is on their side or believes their story. That makes a nice change from most stories like this, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how everything turns out.

Highly recommend this series for anyone who enjoys adventure, great characters, Norse mythology, and/or a good story!

ARC received from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness


  1. Having just finished reading Dr Who:Dark Horizon which features Vikings I'm now in the mood to read some more Viking fiction and this sounds perfect.

  2. haven't read this one yet but it looks like a fun adventure story.