29. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fantasy, Fiction · Tags:

Loki's Wolves by K.L. Armstrong, M.A. Marr, 368 pages, read by Angie, on 09/29/2013

Matt Thorsen is a descendant of the Norse god Thor. Ragnarok is coming and he has been chosen to fight the Midgard Serpent and save the world. No pressure! First he must gather his champions, other descendants of the gods, and find his talismans, then he will be ready for Ragnarok. His first challenge is convincing the descendant of Loki to join him. In the stories, Loki leads the monsters at Ragnarok and in real life Matt and Fen are not really friends. But soon Matt, Fen and Laurie, another descendant of Loki and Fen’s cousin, have joined forces. They set out with a little aid from the Norns and the Valkyries to fight trolls and find the other gods.

This is how I like my fantasy, full of legends and mythology and characters coming into their potential. I think Norse mythology is an untapped segment of the mythology fiction. We get to read a lot about Greeks, but the Norse are often overlooked. I really like learning about these gods and their stories. I think this is a fun set up to a series. Since it is the setup, there is a lot of character and story introductions, but by the end we know who the main players are (on the good side at least) and they are ready to set off on their adventures. Are there plot holes? Sure there are. Why do kids have to fight the serpent, why not adults? Why do the descendants of the Norse gods all live in South Dakota? However, it is still an awesome story and I can’t wait to read more.