Tuesday, July 21, 2015

79:120 Thor's Serpents by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr

The conclusion to the Blackwell Pages trilogy.  Ragnarok is arriving and nothing Matt, Fen, Laurie, and their friends have done seems to have slowed it down at all.  Now comes the final battles when Fen and Laurie must fight on opposite sides and Matt must face the Midguard Serpent alone to save the world.  They have all come so far but still, they are only barely teenagers even if they are descendants of the Norse gods and to have the fate of the whole world resting on their shoulders gets heavy no matter who you are but this news may just be the straw that breaks them.

A satisfying conclusion with plenty of well written action for the epic battles while still portraying the emotional toll on 13yr olds who have everything riding on them.  I hadn't read anything by M.A. Marr before but am a long time fan of K.L. Armstrong so I was very happy to see that the same care went into these books that I've seen in her adult books.  The characters are consistently strong but flawed and the growth is good to see, especially since children reading these books are still growing and trying to figure themselves out so I think it's good for them to see that even Thor reborn has doubts and second-guesses himself and asks for help, makes mistakes but learns from them.

Page count: 360p/20,415p ytd/235,349p lifetime

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