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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  3,041 ratings  ·  516 reviews
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
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Paperback, 358 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Jun 10, 2013 Kat (Lost in Neverland) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Percy Jackson and 39 Clues fans
OH MY GOD.

LOOK AT THAT TITLE.

LOOK AT THAT DESCRIPTION.

HOLY FUCKING SHIT.

THIS LOOKS SO GOOD!

*happy dance*

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Release Date: May 30th 2013


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Matt Thorson is a descendant of the Norse god, Thor, and is destined for greatness. At only 13 years old, he's chosen as Blackwell's Champion, the one to defeat the serpent and keep Ragnarok, the end of the world, from happening.
But to do that, he seeks the help of Fen and Laurie, descendants of the Trickster god Lo
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is mee... kissa
Jun 05, 2011 is mee... kissa marked it as to-read
My relationship with Melissa Marr is not very good. I haven't had a very good introduction to her work. But I love Kelley Armstrong. Hopefully, this series will lean more into her writing rather than Marr's. Sorry Marr.

The cover makes this book look like it's from the 1900s rather than the 21st century.
Bonnie
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
A copy of Loki's Wolves was provided to me by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for review purposes.

Matt Thorsen has always had big shoes to fill considering his family are the descendants of the Norse god, Thor. When he has a dream of Ragnarok, the battle leading up to the end of the world, he doesn't consider it being anything but a dream. Soon after, a town meeting is called and everyone is told that signs point to Ragnarok happening, and soon. When Matt is named
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Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
I tried really hard to like this, but I guess my bar is too high when it comes to mythology-based books. It's really awful of me but I can't help but compare it to Riordan's series. Ok, I compare most books to Riordan's series, but it's especially hard to not compare this book to Riordan's series when the main character is practically Jason and there's a character named Reyna.

Loki's Wolves is basically a poor man's Percy Jackson. It's full of all the same clichés and tropes. The plots are extrem
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Julia
I've read quite a lot of popular, juvenile fantasy over the years. Anything my younger sister likes, I pick up and read along. Some of these collaborations have been great (she gets credit for Harry Potter, to be sure). Some have been disappointments... either too juvenile or too derivative to hold my attention. I approached LOKI'S WOLVES holding my breath, hoping not to find a Norse Percy Jackson, and within one chapter, all my fears were allayed. Wonderfully written, this book has a whole host ...more
Jessica
A good start to a series that has mega potential. It's Percy Jackson, but with the Norse gods! So you know I was instantly in love. There were a few drawbacks, though. The target audience (this is middle grade) will not notice these things, but I could tell that these were authors who were used to writing for teens or adults, trying really hard to write younger. I think in future books this will be smoothed out. I also was a little O.o about the relationship between Laurie and Fen. They're cousi ...more
TheBookSmugglers
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

Loki’s Wolves, the first Middle Grade novel of YA heavy-hitters Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong, transfers the Gods and the ideas of Norse mythology to a modern-day setting.

Most people in the small town of Blackwell, South Dakota, are direct descendants of the Norse Gods Thor and Loki. Matt is a Thorsen, and to him, family history and tradition are the most important things in the world. But being descendant of Thor is a not only a matter of pride bu
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Alice Liu
I was a bit skeptical when I received this book in a giveaway. I love Rick Riordan's books and believe that he is a tough act to follow in bringing mythology to modern life. Loki's Wolves surprised me in many ways. The premise is a recreation of Norse mythology in a contemporary world, where children play out the unfinished business of their ancestor Gods. The main characters, Matt, Fen, and Laurie face real life issues in their quest to save the world: They must choose whether to repeat history ...more
Laura
The moment I read The Lightning Thief I had several students in mind as ones who would love that book - I had the same reaction here. Plus, Viking mythology. Far too few students know about Odin and Loki, Freya, Thor, et al., because Greek and Roman mythology is what's taught in schools (and whatever happened to the books I read when I was younger, beautifully illustrated mythologies from all over the world? Today you have D'Aulaire and Hamilton, with nothing in between!).

Matthew Thorsen (get it
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Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: This is the story of three children who have been chosen to save the world. The book is full of Norse mythology including gods and horrible monsters. This book is a must read.

Opening Sentence: Matt walked through the center of Blackwell, gym bag in hand, jacket thrown over his shoulder.

The Review:

This story is mostly about three children named Matt, Fen, and Laurie who are from a small town in South Dakota, called Blackwell. The story is to
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Fangs for the Fantasy
Matt Thorsen is a descendent of the Norse god Thor – and that’s a hard legacy to live with. His overachieving older brothers and exacting parents made life difficult – and that was before he became a champion ordained to fight Jormugandr at the upcoming Ragnorak.


Now Matt, and the descendants of the other gods, must make a hasty alliance in the hope of being ready for the coming conflict – and maybe telling the old stories differently this time.




Norse gods – that’s me signed up. Yes we’re always e
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Salman H. Dhrubo
পারসি জযাকসন এর শেষ বই পড়া হয়ে গেসে বলে মন খারাপ করে বসে আছেন? কিংবা গরীক, রোমান, ইজিপশিয়ান মিথ এর উপর ফযানটাসী বেজড বই পড়া হলেও নরস মিথ নিয়ে কোন ইয়াং এডালট সিরিজ পড়া হয় নি?? তাহলে নি:সনদেহে এই বইটা আপনার জনযে । যদি মিথ ভালোবাসেন, ফযানটাসী রিটেলিং ভালোবাসেন আর সেই সাথে একশন আর এডভেঞচার তাহলে বইটি আপনার ভালো লাগবেই।

রিক রিওরডান আমার অনযতম পছনদের লেখক। তার পারসি, কেন করনিকলস, হিরোস অফ অলিমপাস সিরিজ শেষ করে অধীর আগরহে অপেকষা করছিলাম তার আগামী নরস মিথ এর উপর লেখা নতুন সিরিজ মযাগনাস চেজ এর জনযে। কিন
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Elevetha
This MG series tries (and only sorta fails) to be for Norse mythology what the Percy Jackson series is for Greek mythology. That being said, it has a pretty great story that I had no trouble getting behind, some likable characters, and is overall quite enjoyable.

I loved the setting, because...South Dakota. You can't really beat it. Mostly Deadwood and Mount Rushmore, completely ignoring the best place EVER, but still, it was a lot of fun. But it didn't fit in with the story, as South Dakota is
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Josiphine
I do not like mythological stories set in the present day. I do not like them, not one bit.

But I liked this. I liked this a lot.

Part of it might be the setting. I've been to Mount Rushmore (multiple times...). I've been to Deadwood. The midwest is sadly overlooked in literature and it made me happy to see it represented. We're awesome here. More people should write books about us.

Part of it was certainly the mythology--even though I'm a self-proclaimed modern retelling hater. In the beginning
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Riya
I was really quite disappointed by this book. I love Loki, Thor, and the whole topic of Norse mythology in general, so I was SUPER excited to read a book revolving around this idea! However, it simply didn't live up to my expectations.

Plot
I think this was my biggest problem with the book. I'm not entirely sure if it was the book or me, but it took me ages to get into this book! It took me a solid two days to read the first 15% when I normally can finish an entire book in that amount of time. And
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All Things Urban Fantasy
I’ve read quite a lot of popular, YA fantasy over the years. Anything my younger sister likes, I pick up and read along. Some of these collaborations have been great (she gets credit for Harry Potter, to be sure). Some have been disappointments… either too juvenile or too derivative to hold my attention. I approached LOKI’S WOLVES holding my breath, hoping not to find a Norse Percy Jackson, and within one chapter, all my fears were allayed.

Wonderfully written, this book has a whole host of great
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Barb Middleton
Loki is one of my favorite characters in Norwegian mythology with his ambivalent ways that constantly disrupt the order of the gods. He is neither Aesir nor Vanir, but the son of giants; the gods archrivals since the start of the world. The giants represent chaos and the gods represent order. Loki's flawed character is the catalyst for bringing about Ragnarok or the end of the world. He plays tricks that are sometimes funny or deadly, he sires monsters, is unpredictable, good, bad, and the close ...more
Michelle
Oh my goodness this book was WONDERFUL! I read it today and couldnt put it down! I honestly was leary about reading it since I love all of Riordan's books so much and no one has come CLOSE to writing good middle grade mythology but I was engaged the entire time! The only down side is that it does end on a cliffhanger, and I feel how I imagine non-readers felt after seeing the movie Fellowship of the Ring, but its okay because it left me needing more! Armstrong and Marr did a wonderful job writin ...more
Agitated_alphabet
Dec 20, 2013 Agitated_alphabet rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Intended Age Group, Mythology/Fantasy Lovers
Loki's Wolves is a decent read. For the intended age group I think it is a great read, but at 20 I fall a bit outside of that range. I love fantasy; especially fantasy based off mythology and ancient cultures. Is this the next YA/Middle Schooler fantasy series to sweep the literary world? No. Is it a fun read? Yes, and that is what's really important. This book doesn't require that you know anything about Norse Mythology to understand what's going on. This book also does a great job of explainin ...more
Gavin Taylor
Loki's Wolves by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr is a fiction book about a group of friends running away from home to find a certain person and to fight off Loki's bad guys called the Raiders. It starts out in a nice suburban neighborhood and gradually gets darker and scarier as the book progresses. The main characters are Matt Thorsen and Laurie and Fen Brekke. They weren't really friends in the beginning, but they get much closer by the end of the book.
A very big thing about this book that a like
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Sandra Stiles
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
I have heard many people compare this to the Percy Jackson series. I disagree with them. Percy Jackson series the kids are demi-gods. In this book the kids are actual descendants of the Norse Gods. This book will give kids a look at Norse mythology. In this book Matt Thorsen along with his friends Fen and Laurie Brekke, as descendants of these Norse Gods, must battle those who have brought down the apocalypse. Are
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Briana
I'm sensing a serious Mythology trend for 2013. XD
Namratha
"Comparison is the thief of joy."

So said Teddy Roosevelt. And it couldn't be truer for this book.

Pitching Loki's Wolves as the perfect fare for Percy Jackson fans was a misnomer. I should know. I have been a fan of ol'Seaweed Brain from the days when he wasn't even that big a deal in the middle-grade world of fantasy literature.
Expecting a recreation of Riordan's fast-paced writing style, his droll humour, splendid character (and relationship) developments and his trademark irreverence whe
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Aine
So. Good.
Miranda
Unlike some other Norse myth books I’ve read, I actually did enjoy the exploration of the myths and the expansion of them in this book. Some things could have been better--saying that Loki and Thor weren’t friends in the myths when, actually, a large part of the time they were--but overall it fared better than some other books I’ve read in the past.

Unfortunately, there was a lot here that was bad otherwise. The biggest complaint I have is that the writing just got downright stupid at times. The
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Ms. Yingling
Matt Thorsen finds it hard to be the son of of a policeman and the smaller brother in his family. He can never make everyone happy, and when he sees Fen and his cousin Laura trying to steal a shield from the model Viking ship in the town square, he knows his father would want him to do something about it, but NOT get in a fight. Despite that, he accidentally uses the power of the amulet he has, Thor's Hammer, and throws Fen to the ground. Fen is desperate to get the shield so that he can pay his ...more
Rachel Ayers
It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did I really liked it. The pacing seemed a little off -- at times it would drag and then a whole bunch of stuff would happen and feel rushed. Overall, though, the plot was intriguing and I definitely want to know what happens next, so I will plan on getting the next book in the series when it comes out.

The language felt a little choppy to me and I was surprised by the number of typos but perhaps that's more to do with it being an ARC. Of cours
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Jessica at Book Sake
ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

I love many of Marr and Armstrong’s works separately, so when I heard they were teaming up to write this one I was completely excited to read it. I also enjoy reading about mythology and this story features the descendants of Thor and Loki – among other mythological entities. I would have liked to have seen more about their families and hear the stories that were passed down from generation to generation, but maybe that will be something that is addressed in
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Sterling
Look at that title: Loki's Wolves. Oh, it's so amazing, so brilliant, so perfect.

Look at that cover! How could you not love this book?

Easy. Behind the awesome cover and title are two really unrealistic and one-dimensional characters with no purpose in life. Their names are Fen and Matt.

I'll start with Fen because I like him better. He is WAY too protective of Laurie. As in, really REALLY protective. I wanted to punch him occasionally and I'm not sure how Laurie could restrain herself from doing
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Kiley
I liked Loki's wolves because it had a good story behind it all. I liked that it's in modern day but has characters that are related to the Norse gods. Usually I don't read many fantasy books but this one had a good story behind it. I would read the next book just to see what happens with all the decedents. I think that Matt, Fenn and Laurie have to deal with a lot of because they are the ones who started this whole plan to beat the serpent and save the world. Overall I enjoyed this book.
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