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May 7, 2013 / minusbar

Book Review: Loki’s Wolves, by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr

Book Review: “Loki’s Wolves” by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr

Continuing with my abnormal reading habits, I just finished reading Loki’s Wolves. My main reason for reading this was because I am a fan of Kelley Armstrong. I went into this read fully aware that the book was meant for middle grades, and my review assessment takes that into consideration. However, I can say that the story was intriguing enough to make it an enjoyable read for me as well, it’s just clearly geared toward a younger audience.

“The runes have spoken. We have our champion…Matthew Thorsen.”

Matt hears the words, but he can’t believe them. He’s Thor’s representative? Destined to fight trolls, monstrous wolves and giant serpents…or the world ends? He’s only thirteen.

While Matt knew he was a modern-day descendent of Thor, he’s always lived a normal kid’s life. In fact, most people in the small town of Blackwell, South Dakota, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt’s classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke. No big deal.But now Ragnarok is coming, and it’s up to the champions to fight in the place of the long-dead gods. Matt, Laurie, and Fen’s lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team, find Thor’s hammer and shield, and prevent the end of the world.

The tone of the entire novel gave me a very Percy Jackson-esque feel, and that is definitely meant as a compliment. However, unlike that series, The Blackwell Pages (this being book one in this new series) decided to put the focus on Norse mythology. As a fan of the mythos, I found this to be very interesting to read about. The story revolves around the descendants of the long dead gods having to team up to prevent the end of the world. The catch though is that all of the chosen descendants are in their early teens and still discovering the powers and identities.

There’s a really cute coming of age story in here. We get to see these kids mature and face their differences to unite behind an overall goal. Along the way there are countless trolls, and baddies that they must overcome. I liked how they learn to work together to overcome these challenges, sometimes electing to use wit over brawn. It’s an overall positive message that I would be happy to see my little sister reading.

The language used is very simple and easy to understand, which is necessary for a novel geared for the middle grade demographic. However, there are some words that will stretch a young persons vocabulary occasionally. I found this to be a very good thing as it encourages young people to expand their vocabulary without taking them out of the story due to the infrequency. The story is also wonderfully paced to hold the attention of young readers and is a quite enjoyable little quick read.

Overall, I would recommend this book to young readers and fans of YA fantasy. The only thing that prevents this book from being more accessible to YA readers is the often romantic implications that YA novels possess. If you’re looking for a clean and fun fantasy book for a 8-15 year old, this definitely a very good option from two very talented writers.

Loki’s Wolves came out today, so feel free to pick it up now!

Thanks,

Roger Bellini

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  1. Dusty / May 11 2013 3:31 am

    I’m no YA fan, but I like the premise and love the cover to this book. Maybe reading it to my older son would be an excuse to read it myself.

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