The Blackwell Pages, Book 1
K. L. Armstrong & M. A. Marr
Little, Brown and Company, 2013
Thirteen year old Matt Thorsen knows he is a distant relative of the Norse god, Thor. The town he lives in with his large extended family is in Blackwell, South Dakota. He also knows that his classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke are descendants of the god, Loki. But what he doesn’t know and soon finds out is that the end of the world is coming and he must join forces with other chosen descendants of the gods to reenact the terrible battle with the Midgard Serpent to prevent Ragnarök, or the icing over of the earth that destroys most of humankind. Matt and his new friends fight off trolls, mara (spirits of confusion) and Raiders (an off-shoot of the Brekke family that revert to their wolf-form); they are betrayed by one of their own and a new friend dies in the process. Somehow they must gather Thor’s Hammer and Shield and the Feathers of Odin’s ravens before they are ready to face Midgard.
I really liked this book – it has a lot of information about the Norse gods – and it’s about time, too. The Greek, Roman and Egyptian gods have all had their turn in the spotlight. It’s a middle-grade book, well written and plotted and tons of action/excitement. It has some of that teen angst and obsessive worry about what other people think that is common with pre-teens and teens (and many adults!) but not so much that it becomes annoying. There are two more in this series – so I am off to enjoy those!
More information about the Norse gods can be found here : The Silver Bough