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 history–because it is family history. Most people in the modern-day town of Blackwell, South Dakota, in fact, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt’s classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke.
However, knowing the legends and completely believing them are two different things. When the rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and kids–led by Matt–will stand in for the gods in the final battle, he can hardly believe it. Matt, Laurie, and Fen’s lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team to prevent the end of the world.
I hate bratty characters.
That’s part of why I don’t like reading MG sometimes.
I guess that’s why I didn’t like Fen and Laurie most of this book, especially in the beginning.
Moving on from that, this was a pretty entertaining story. There’s not a lot of fiction novels with Norse mythology, and I can’t wait for Rick Riordan’s Norse series. This book was refreshing in the ways that, even though I didn’t like some the characters, I could tell who everyone was and I liked how the kids gathered up different allies in different places.
The thing about the traveling, however, is that it took something out of the story and messed up the flow of the story. I felt like the pacing was thrown off because of this.
It wasn’t so much so that it bothered me all the time though, and I had a lot of fun with all the different fights and characters. I thought this book was pretty creative and satisfying. Would definitely recommend this book for fans of The 39 Clues.
pg count for the paperback: 358
Series: The Blackwell Pages