The Blackwell Pages, Book 2
K. L. Armstrong & M. A. Marr
Little, Brown and Company, 2014
The second in a series of three, Odin’s Ravens is the continuing story of 13-year old Matt Thorsen and his fellow Descendants of the North preparing for the possible world ending battle with the Midgard Serpent. Matt, as the descendant of the Viking god Thor, leads his friends Laurie and Fen, descendants of the god Loki, into Hel to search for Baldwin. In the previous book, Loki’s Wolves, Baldwin, descendant of the god Balder, was murdered and went to the Underworld of Viking lore. After an arduous journey through the land of the dead, the four heroes emerge to retrieve the actual hammer of Thor (Mjölnir). Along the way, Fen is arrested, Matt is kidnapped, the hammer is stolen and retrieved and Laurie receives a very special gift. We also find out more about at Owen, the descendant of god Odin and his importance to the story. This book ends with the cliffhanger of Fen making a potentially disastrous decision.
I really enjoyed this book, as much as the first one. The action is nonstop and the authors have imagined a world that is easy to believe in – if you want to believe in a world filled with Viking zombies, humans who turn into wolves, and Valkyries (warrior women on giant horses)! This book also has illustrations sprinkled in to help put the imagination into overdrive, but you really don’t need them. The story is richly detailed and really fun to read. Now, on to book 3, Thor’s Serpents. I can’t wait to find out what happens!!
Want info about the authors? The review of Loki’s Wolves has a link to their websites!
Here’s an Arthur Rackham illustration of a Valkyrie. Valkyries removed the dead Viking warriors from the battlefield and took them to the Viking version of heaven, Valhalla.