Goodreads: Loki’s Wolves

Authors: K.L Armstrong & M.A Marr & Vivienne To (Illustrations)

Published: 7th May 2013 (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Source: Charity Shop

Rating: 4/5 (Really liked it)

Official Summary: “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

Review: I really liked it. The illustrated pages that appeared periodically throughout the whole book added a really nice touch. They also help you visualize things easier when you struggle a bit with some of the description. (Or was that just me?) Then again not a whole lot of description when into some things, they let the pictures speak for themselves.

Overall the fighting was on point. The fighting wasn’t all one sided, it was a brush by the seat of your pants, we won? kind of thing. The whole mythology and story was very much on point as well. It didn’t throw too much at you, all the characters didn’t know everything so you learnt at their pace. Relationships were very gradual, it wasn’t an instant I like you as a friend. They all had to work at it, learn that maybe they were wrong about each other. Maybe they prejudged a bit too early.

It does take you a bit to get used to the fact they are just kids, kids that are destined to save the world. I had to picture them being a bit older to not let that affect my view on the story. This was just an issue with me personally. The whole your a girl you need protecting thing got on my nerves a bit. But she was soon putting them in their place, that and the guys were learning that maybe they were wrong. That she can fight, that she can help.