Thursday, May 2, 2013

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

Loki's Wolves (The Blackwell Pages, #1)
Ragnork is coming.  The myths have described this apocalypse and only the gods can stop it.  These Norse gods are dead.  Enter our main characters Matt Thorsen and Fen and Laurie Brekke.  Matt has grown up with the knowledge of these myths, because Matt is a descendent of Thor.  That’s right!  He also knows the identity of the Brekke cousins; however, he is under the impression that desendents of Loki do not know their lineage.
Told in all 3 perspectives, this book immediately captivates you.  For a moment I thought I was reading a really good mature YA novel, but then I realized it was middle school.  This book being a middle school book was not even an issue, because the characters are so smart (they are also not dealing with the crazy hormones that create love triangles… yet, it’s always a possibility in the next book) and the writers did a wonderful job weaving the legend into the story without being confusing.  The only other author I enjoy reading Norse Mythologies or anything close to it is Maggie Stiefvater.
Matt is the hero, Fen is a wolf (one of the shape shifting attributes of the trickster god Loki) and Laurie is completely unaware of her lineage, but not for long.  Having these three degrees of separation was really enjoyable reading.  The reader is able to know important things but not completely overwhelmed.  I think the most enjoyable part of this book is the fact that all the descendents that are found along the way in the journey to save the world, do not want to emulate their descendent.  This is especially true with Fen, who has to deal with being the bad apple from the rotten apple tree.  All he thinks he can be is bad because that is what others see; however, Laurie tries to show him that he isn’t bad at all.  Fen happens to start believing this which sets a whole new course for our characters, one of teamwork and overall kicking butt.  The characters are well balanced out and at the end I was really dreading things dissolving, but do not fret readers!  If you read this book and are discourage by some actions that take place at the end, know this: that cliff hanger is one the nicest (I don’t want to yell at the author) cliffhangers ever!
4/5 stars.
Thanks Edelweiss!

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