Review: Odin’s Ravens by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr

Posted March 22, 2015 by Melanie in Melanie, Middle Grade, Reviews / 31 Comments

Review: Odin’s Ravens by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr
Odin's Ravens by Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr
Series: The Blackwell Pages #2
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published on: May 13th 2014
Genres: Middle Grade
Pages: 342
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Seven kids, Thor's hammer, and a whole lot of Valkyries are the only things standing against the end of the world.

When thirteen-year-old Matt Thorsen, a modern day descendant of the Norse god Thor, was chosen to represent Thor in an epic battle to prevent the apocalypse he thought he knew how things would play out. Gather the descendants standing in for gods like Loki and Odin, defeat a giant serpent, and save the world. No problem, right?

But the descendants' journey grinds to a halt when their friend and descendant Baldwin is poisoned and killed and Matt, Fen, and Laurie must travel to the Underworld in the hopes of saving him. But that's only their first stop on their journey to reunite the challengers, find Thor's hammer, and stop the apocalypse--a journey filled with enough tooth-and-nail battles and larger-than-life monsters to make Matt a legend in his own right.

Authors K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr return to Blackwell in the epic sequel to Loki's Wolves with more explosive action, adventure and larger-than-life Norse legends.

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As a general rule, I’m not a huge fan of young adult books, so I was really surprised when I decided to pick up Loki’s Wolves back in 2013. I’m a huge Kelley Armstrong fan, so I decided to give it a try. I’ve never read Melissa Marr, who is the other author on this series. I also liked the idea of the Norse mythology. While it is written for younger children, I still found the story interesting. We have a group of thirteen year old kids from South Dakota who are standing in for the Norse gods, Thor, Loki, Balder, Odin, Frey and Freya. They are all working together to stop Ragnarok. They are even getting powers of the gods.

In Odin’s Ravens, we pick up basically where Loki’s Wolves left off. Baldwin, the descendant of Balder, has been poisoned and Matt Thorsen, descendant of Thor, along with Fen and Laurie, who are cousins and descendants of Loki all make a trip to Hel to bring Baldwin back from the dead. While there, they must face monsters and convenience Fen and Laurie’s “Aunt Helen” the guardian of Hel, to let them leave with Baldwin. After that, they meet with the Valkyries (I so wish these Valkyries were more like Kresley Cole’s, but then I guess this wouldn’t be a middle grade book anymore then would it?) and are put on a quest to find Mjölnir, Thor’s hammer.

The characters in this story are well written, as if with Kelley Armstrong there was ever any doubt. The kids make mistakes that kids their age would make. They get upset with themselves for making the mistakes when they figure out what happened. There is a lot on these kids shoulders, but overall they do handle things really well, while still being young teenagers.

This story is a typical quest type story. As soon as they complete one task, they are set up another. The mythology is great. I don’t know a lot about Norse mythology (outside of the comic books), but it seems to researched extremely well. It is also told in a way that explains the stories really well, especially for the age group for which it is written.

I think the storyline is really good, if you can get over the idea of thirteen-year-old kids as stand-ins for gods and are forced to fight to stop the apocalypse. It is a book written for middle school kids and they want to read about kids their age, so it makes sense. I believe that this is a trilogy and that the last book, Thor’s Serpents will wrap of the story. I can’t wait to see how it ends. I would highly recommend this book for kids, boys and girls alike. I do recommend that you start at the beginning of the series with Loki’s Wolves.

 


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I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.

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31 responses to “Review: Odin’s Ravens by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr

  1. Great review! I really enjoyed this series so far. I have read most of Kelley Armstrong her books ans some by Melissa Marr, so I knew I had to read this series. I thought the second book was even better than the first book and I am eagerly awaiting the third instalment. I really like all the characters and it was nice to see some character change, especially towards the end with Matt. I usually don’t read a lot of mythology books, but I really enjoy this series.
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  2. Perfect timing Melanie! My daughter just finish her last series and she was asking me what to read next..lol I normally go and search YA blogs, but what a surprise to find this here. I think this is something she will enjoy. As for me this might be too young, but it wouldn’t be the first time I enjoy something like this. My daughter and I really enjoyed Percy Jackson and others like that.
    Thanks for reviewing!
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  3. Mary from BookSwarm  

    LOL! No, the Valkyries in a MG cannot be more like Kresley Cole’s!! Heh. You’re too funny. I didn’t love the first one but I think it’s because I was done with MG when I read it and it just wasn’t the right time. But I love both those authors!
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  4. I’m glad you enjoyed Odin’s Ravens overall, Melanie. My son has been enjoying the series – which I picked up for him since it was by two of my fav authors. 🙂 I intend to read it as well so I can talk about it with him. 🙂 You’d probably like Marr’s writing. I’ve read her Wicked Lovely series which revolves around fae. I quite enjoyed it!
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    • I hope you enjoy. I don’t know a lot about Norse mythology, but it seems to be very well researched, which I would expect from Armstrong. I just finished another from Shelly Laurenston, which I know took a lot of liberties with the telling of Norse mythology. It was fun, but I don’t think it follows the myths very much.
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  5. I’m also a massive Kelley Armstrong fan (fangirls, unite!) but I’ve been putting off this MG series because I feel like it can’t possibly meet my expectations. But your review makes me rethink that position, especially since it sounds like it could be a winner with the kids I work with. They’re gobbling up any and all quest stories these days!
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