Loki’s Wolves is a collaboration by Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr, well known for their paranormal Young Adult books. Their mutual fascination about Norse mythology resulted in the development of a series of books focusing on ages 9-12. Loki’s Wolves is the first installment of the Blackwell Pages.
The book is about the young Matt Thorsen, a descendant of the Norse God Thor and two members of a rivaling family, all from Loki’s bloodline, Fen and Laurie Brekke. They all live in the modern-day town of Blackwell, a small society of people that keep the Norse legends alive. When the runes are read to predict the future, the Ragnarök, the end of the world, is announced and Matt, Fen and Laurie are to play a significant part in preventing it from happening.
Not only is this calling an enormous task with huge consequences, the children also need to overcome their dislike of each other. These struggles are the main subject of this book, with an occasional action scene to make the storyline more accessible for young readers.
The character development is well done: the main characters are symbols, but very dynamic ones, learning a lot, not only from the adventures or the prophecy, but mostly from each other. Their mission is a complex one as well, since it remains a mystery what the runes were trying to say when they foresaw the end of the world. The writers only ask more questions about this, instead of it being a definitive thing.
The way of telling this story is very fluent, and it is obvious the writers let go of their distinctive use of language, but without losing the elegance. It makes it easy to take in the concept and all that is happening, but never distracts the reader from the storyline. Because that seems to be the main aim of the authors. The translation of ancient mythology to the present, combined with strong characters, especially regarding the audience it’s written for, make this ambitious project interesting: telling a tale that has something to say.
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