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.
*Thanks to Little Brown for an ARC (advanced reading copy.) This in no way affects my opinion or review*
This book was fabulous. I’ve no other words to describe it. For me, the first book was pretty good (maybe 3.5 stars), but there were many dull parts and it took me a couple weeks to get into it. Odin’s Ravens? I plowed through it in two days. Guys, this book is pitched as similar to Percy Jackson. And do you know what? I agree! First off, the kids travel in Hel! They fight Viking zombies, pilot a boat through an acid river and eat lunch. Not necessarily all at once, but still, how awesome is that?
Fen is probably my favorite and I really loved seeing more of his character in this novel, instead of him just being a grump like in Loki’s Wolves. There is more amusing banter between Laurie and Fen (they’re cousins) and the group starts to bond (go team!).
Although this series is written by two authors, K.L. Armstrong and Melissa Marr, the writing is consistent. Honestly, if I didn’t know there were two writers, I probably wouldn’t have guessed. Their prose flows together so well!
There’s also a plot twist. Two, actually, but I’m not going to get into detail about that. No spoilers! Let’s just say I never saw them coming and that my brain is still in remission.
Sooo….is there anything I want to complain about? Just that the first chapter was rather slow. Other than that, no, I don’t think so. Odin’s Ravens was perfect, but now I have to wait until 2015 until the third book releases. Noooo! (it’s called Thor’s Serpent, by the way). I would definitely recommend this novel, especially to kids who enjoy the Percy Jackson series and are questing for something to read until the next book releases in October.
I’m giving Odin’s Ravens 5 Stars. It’s just that amazing.