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Loki's Wolves

(The Blackwell Pages #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  7,091 ratings  ·  868 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
Paperback, 358 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Percy Jackson and 39 Clues fans
Shelves: cute-as-a-kitten





*happy dance*


Wait a second...

*looks closer*

Release Date: May 30th 2013



After Finishing

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
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
Rebecca McNutt
Drenched in mythology and adventure, this is definitely an excellent book for younger readers, getting them excited about reading in and of itself while educating on mythology and the history behind it. The characters add some modernity to it so readers can relate well to the protagonists, too. I would've absolutely fallen in love with a book like this when I was in junior high school. :)
Briar's Reviews
Loki's Wolves is a truly fantastical, middle grade novel that focuses on Norse mythology.

I love Kelley Armstrong and I've been dying to get my hands on a novel by Marissa Marr for YEARS. So, when I heard that the two of them were writing a novel together I had to get my hands on it! On top of it all, I love a good, middle grade novel that I can sink my teeth into and not think *too* hard when reading.

Loki's Wolves has Percy Jackson vibes, but for a little younger base. Matt Thorsen is, you gues
Sara Saif

(There seriously should be a half star rating system on Goodreads)

That was a dreadful book. It was full of half-baked, sloppy ideas, plot lines and backstory. The story fell SPLAT! on its face. The integration of mythology, more specifically Norse mythology, into a modern-day setting was lazy and uninteresting. Which pretty much proves that Rick Riordan is ace at this stuff and if you’re looking (desperately) for a book to fill the hole in your chest his book(s) created, you’ll not find sol
is mee... kissa
Jun 05, 2011 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.
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
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2015-reads
Not really all that great (Bad writing and kinda slow) but hey, it had Loki mentioned in it so who's complaining?
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mg, meh
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
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4.5 Stars]

I didn't really know what to expect going into this, but after reading Magnus Chase, I knew I wanted more Norse Myth in my life. This was a really cool take on the old myths! I think this series is just going to keep getting better, and I love the pictures in the book. Definitely glad I decided to give this one a go.
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
Alice Liu
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Fangs for the Fantasy
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 alwa
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
Barb Middleton
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mythology
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
"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
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.

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
Lucy of House Rojas
After the whole Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard left in my heart, I'm getting ready for this...
Buddy read with my mate Kai

"That's what they are", she tought with a smile. "Warriors". They might be kids, but they were going to do something amazing

Debe ser un riesgo gigante escribir sobre mitología cuando no eres Rick Riordan.
Te pude pasar esto.
Aunque Loki's Wolves me gustó, no ha sido .lo máximo. Mi amiga Kai me lo recomendó y yo le tenía mucha fe, pero al parecer nadie puede superar a Mag
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
All Things Urban Fantasy
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  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
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Famished For Fiction
Story begins with interesting plots and twists,although in the middle of the story it gets real slow.Matt,Fen and Laurie make a team together and try to figure out other members of the team to stop ragnarok .They walk around to find others and it seems like forever.In the beginning of the story Laurie turns into a fish ,but there is no mentioning of that part afterwards.Even after finishing the entire story ,we get only a vague idea of Norse mythology.
Even though it is not so thrilling at the m
Avery (ThePagemaster)

This was a very easy read. Flew through the book. I've never read a book based around Norse Mythology(even though Magnus Chase: Sword of Summer keeps staring at me lol). I will say that, at my age, there are things in this book that are a bit too juvenile and cliche. I did see and pick out some Percy Jackson/Rick Riordan influences.

Looking past that, I think this was a very solid introduction to this trilogy. Do I want to continue reading? Yes. The drawings are pretty cool to see, too. And th
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this middle grade intro. to Norse Mythology! I've seen some comments about the misogynistic leanings of the main male characters, and this is true, but it's done on purpose. It's made obvious that the boys were raised this way and have to fight it to treat the girls equally. I actually appreciated this flawed, honest representation of hero descendants.
Aug 29, 2015 marked it as to-read
I've only read mythology-based tales from Rick Riordan, but with the upcoming Norse-based Magnus Chase series still a little ways away, I wouldn't mind something to fill in the gap especially when it is centered on the same mythology. Hope to get around to this series.
Michael (Mai)
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, maivalex2018q1
So far this this my favorite of the kid adventure books
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Pen name of author Kelley Armstrong.

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The Blackwell Pages (3 books)
  • Odin's Ravens (The Blackwell Pages, #2)
  • Thor's Serpents (The Blackwell Pages #3)
“The kids were probably setting up a prank, trying to beat the one Matt had done with his friend Cody at Sigrblot, the spring festival. The parade had arrived at the longship to find it covered in a tarp… and making honking noises. Underneath the tarp, they’d discovered a flock of geese wearing little Viking helmets.” 2 likes
“The mosaics showed scenes of Thor. Fight scenes mostly - when it came to myths about Thor, that's what you got. Thor fought this giant, and then this giant, and then this giant. Oh, yeah, and a few dwarves, but they were really mean dwarves.” 1 likes
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