"The runes have spoken. We have our champion...Matthew Thorsen."
Matt hears the words, but he can't believe them. He's Thor's representative? Destined to fight trolls, monstrous wolves and giant serpents...or the world ends? He's only thirteen.
While Matt knew he was a modern-day descendent of Thor, he's always lived a normal kid's life. In fact, most people in the small town of Blackwell, South Dakota, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt's classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke. No big deal.
But now Ragnarok is coming, and it's up to the champions to fight in the place of the long-dead gods. Matt, Laurie, and Fen's lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team, find Thor's hammer and shield, and prevent the end of the world.
In their middle grade debut, K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr begin the epic Blackwell Pages series with this action-packed adventure, filled with larger-than-life legends, gripping battles, and an engaging cast of characters who bring the myths to life.
About the Author
K.L. Armstrong & Melissa Marr had been friends for several years before they found themselves spending hours talking about mythology and monsters. One sleepy morning, they took their fascination with myth and their love for tackling video game monsters and decided to write the Blackwell Pages.
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By K. L. Armstrong, M. A. Marr
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Matt walked through the center of Blackwell, gym bag in hand, jacket thrown over his shoulder. It was dark now, with an icy wind from the north, but the cold felt good blowing back his sweat-soaked hair. After two hours of boxing practice, he'd been tempted to take a detour and jump in the Norrström River, even if he had noticed ice on it that morning. Ice in September. Weird. Even in South Dakota, winter never came this early.
A muscle spasmed in his leg, and he winced as he stopped to rub it. The upcoming tournament might be for charity—raising money to help tsunami victims in Hawaii—but Coach Forde still made Matt work as hard as he would before a title match.
Matt started walking again, limping slightly. As much as he wished he could call for a ride, he knew better. He'd made that mistake last winter, when Coach had said a blizzard was coming. He'd gotten his ride—and a lecture on how his brothers had never needed one, even when it was storming. He couldn't catch a lift with his friends, either—that was worse because it set a bad example. If Sheriff Thorsen's boys weren't safe walking through Blackwell at night, who was?
Matt was reaching down to rub his leg again when something moved in the town square. His head shot up, eyes narrowing. Outside the rec center, two kids climbed onto the weathered Viking longship. Shields lined both sides as if invisible warriors rowed the old wooden boat, protection always within reach. A carved dragon arched from the hull.
The kids were probably setting up a prank, trying to beat the one Matt had done with his friend Cody at Sigrblot, the spring festival. The parade had arrived at the longship to find it covered in a tarp ... and making honking noises. Underneath the tarp, they'd discovered a flock of geese wearing little Viking helmets.
Best prank ever, that's what everyone said. Unfortunately, Matt had to pretend he didn't have anything to do with it. If his parents had found out ... well, they wouldn't ground him or anything. He'd just get "the talk." How disappointed they were. How embarrassed they were. How much more responsible his brothers were. Personally, he'd rather be grounded.
In a few more steps, he saw that one of the kids was a guy with shaggy brown hair that needed cutting and clothes that needed washing. With him was a girl. Her clothes weren't in such rough shape, but her blond hair needed a trim just as badly.
Fen and Laurie Brekke. Great. The cousins were always getting into trouble. Still, Matt told himself they really might just be pulling a prank ... until he saw Fen wrench at one of the shields.
There were a lot of things Fen could do and Matt would just look away, tell himself it was none of his business. That wasn't always easy. Being the sheriff's kid meant he'd had lectures about vandalism since he was old enough to carve his name into a park bench. But this wasn't a park bench. It was an actual longship—something the people in Blackwell were really proud of. And there was Fen, yanking on it and kicking at it.
As Matt's temper flared, his amulet flared with it. He reached for the silver pendant. It was in the shape of an upside-down hammer and almost as old as the longship. Thor's Hammer. Everyone in Matt's family had one. Thorsen wasn't just their name. They really were descendants of the Norse god.
As Matt looked at Fen and Laurie again, his amulet burned hotter. He was about to yell at them, then he stopped and took deep breaths, sucking in cold air.
He could hear his mother's voice. You need to learn to control it, Matty. I don't know why you have so much trouble with that. No other Thorsen has this problem. Your brothers could handle theirs even when they were younger than you.
Controlling his temper—and Thor's Hammer—seemed especially hard around the Brekkes. It was like the Hammer knew they were related to the trickster god Loki. The cousins didn't know that, but Matt did, and he could feel it when he looked at them.
Matt took another deep breath. Yes, he needed to stop Fen and Laurie, but he had to be cool about it. Maybe he could just walk past, pretend he didn't notice them, and they'd see him and take off before they were caught.
Fen spotted him. Matt continued walking, giving them a chance to sneak off. Being fair. His dad would be proud—
Fen turned back to the longship and yanked on the shield again.
"Hey!" Matt called.
He didn't say it too loud, and he tried not to sound too angry. Just letting them know he saw them, giving them time to run ...
"Yeah?" Fen turned and stared straight at him, chin up, shoulders back. He was shorter than Matt. Skinnier, too. The only "big" thing about Fen was his attitude, which was always getting him into fights with larger guys ... not that he seemed to mind.
Laurie stepped beside her cousin. Matt couldn't see her expression, but he was sure it matched Fen's. They weren't going to walk away. He'd been stupid to think they would.
"You shouldn't be doing that." Even as Matt said the words, he wanted to smack himself. It was exactly the kind of thing everyone expected the sheriff's kid to say. By tomorrow, everyone at school would have heard Fen and Laurie repeat it with a twist of their lips and a roll of their eyes.
Matt cleared his throat. "It's an artifact, and it's really important to the town." Yeah, like that sounded better.
"Really important to your town," Fen said. "Thorsen-town."
"Just ... don't do it, okay?"
"But I want to. And if you want to stop me ..." Fen stepped forward, giving a grin that was all teeth, and for a second, Matt thought he saw—
Matt shook it off. "Look, I'm just asking—"
"The answer's no." Fen jumped out of the ship with a leap that would make an Olympic athlete proud. "So what are you gonna do about that, Thorsen?"
Matt's amulet heated again. He took a deep breath. Cool it. Just cool it.
He remembered something Coach Forde had said during practice. He'd been trying to teach Matt how to intimidate an opponent. You're a big guy, he'd said. Use that.
It was hard for Matt to remember how big he was. At home, he only came up to his brothers' shoulders. But he was the tallest kid in eighth grade.
"What am I going to do?" Matt squared his shoulders, flexed, and stepped forward. "Stop you."
Something flashed in Fen's eyes, something cold and hard that made Matt hesitate, but only for a second. He finished his step, stopped in front of Fen, and pulled himself up to his full height.
Laurie climbed out of the ship and moved up beside her cousin. She leaned in and whispered something. Egging him on, Matt was sure.
Fen waved her off. When she hesitated, he said something so low it was almost a growl. Laurie looked at Matt, then backed into the shadows of the longship.
Fen moved forward. "You think you can fight, just because you've won a few in the ring? That's not real fighting. I bet you've never thrown a punch without gloves on."
"Then your memory sucks, because I'm pretty sure I beat the snot out of you and Hunter when you two ganged up on Cody."
Fen gave a short bark of a laugh. "That was what? First grade? I've learned a few things since then, Thorsen."
Matt took another step. He was sure Fen would back down. He had to. Taking on Matt was crazy. He hadn't just "won a few in the ring." He'd made it all the way to the state championship.
But Fen just planted his feet far enough apart to keep steady if he got hit. He wanted to fight. Really fight. Matt should have known that. Mom always said this is what got him into trouble—he never thought things through.
If he got into it with Fen, his dad would ... Matt inhaled sharply. He didn't even want to think what his dad would do.
The power of respect. The power of authority. That's what let Thorsens walk through Blackwell at night. Not the power of violence. If he fought Fen Brekke, his dad would haul him in front of the council and let them handle it. The humiliation would be worse than any punishment they'd order.
"You really want to do this?" Matt asked.
Fen cracked his neck, tilting it side to side, and said, "Yeah, I do."
"Well, too bad. I've got a big match coming, and I need to save my strength for a real opponent."
Matt started to turn. As he did, he heard a growl like a dog's, and he saw Fen lunge, eyes glinting yellow, teeth bared. Matt wheeled. The heat of the amulet flared in a wave of fury that turned his world red.
He felt the power surge down his arm. Heard the crackle. Saw his hand light up and tried to pull the power back.
The white-hot ball shot from his hand and exploded with a boom and a blast of wind that sent Matt tripping backward. Fen flew right off his feet. He hit the longship hard, his head whipping back, striking the side with a thud. Then he crumpled to the ground.
Laurie yelled something, but Matt couldn't hear the words. She raced to her cousin. Matt did the same. Laurie dropped beside Fen, took him by the shoulder, and shook him. Fen groaned, his eyelids fluttering.
"Is he okay?" Matt said, crouching beside her.
She stood up, lifted her bag like she was about to slug him with it. "You knocked him out."
"I didn't mean to. I'm sorry. I—"
"I don't know what kind of trick that was. Throwing that light thing to blind him before you hit him? You call that fair?" She scowled. "Exactly what I'd expect from a Thorsen."
"Whatever. Just go. Fen's not swiping anything tonight." She looked at him. "Or do you want to call your dad to lock us up?"
"Of course not. I just—" Matt swallowed. "We should get him to the doctor."
"You think he can afford a doctor?"
"I can. I'll—"
"We don't need anything from you. Just go away," Laurie snapped.
"But if he's—"
"Go. Get out of here."
He pushed to his feet and hesitated, but she was still glaring at him, and Fen was coming to. Matt probably didn't want to be around when Fen woke up. So he mumbled another apology, backed away, and left them alone.
Laurie helped Fen up from the ground. Her cousin wasn't ever good at accepting help, and being knocked on his butt by Matt Thorsen of all people wasn't helping matters. The two of them had a natural dislike of one another that she didn't always understand, but this time, she got it. Matt was a jerk.
"I'm going to kill him," Fen snapped for the third time in as many minutes. "He thinks he's so special, but he's just a spoiled rich kid."
"I could take him." Fen climbed back over the side of the ship.
She didn't tell Fen he was wrong. She wasn't going to be disloyal, but they both knew Matt was a better fighter. Matt was like a Rottweiler to Fen's back-alley mutt: the mutt might try its best, but the bigger, stronger dog was the one likely to win.
All she said was, "We need to get out of here before he tells his dad and we get arrested."
He ignored her and continued ranting, "We'll see who's smart when I find him alone after school."
"Getting arrested or getting detention isn't going to make you seem very smart," she said, as calmly as she could.
"Maybe I won't get caught." Fen stared down at her. He had the bag in one hand, and the other hand rested on the shield he'd been prying loose when they'd gotten to the park.
Laurie dropped her gaze to the weathered ship that stood outside the Thorsen Community and Recreation Center. "What were you thinking? We could've ducked. I know you saw him."
"I'm not afraid of him." Fen stood aboard the ship and stared out at the town.
Laurie shivered. It wasn't hard to think of Fen as a Viking Raider. She wasn't shaking as badly as she'd been when she'd told Matt to shove off, but she still felt all twitchy, like the time she'd grabbed a frayed electrical cord in Uncle Eddy's garage. She stared up at Fen. "His dad is the sheriff. He could send you away ... or tell the mayor. You know Mayor Thorsen hates our family."
"I'm not afraid of any Thorsens." Fen straightened his shoulders and gave her a look that reminded her of Fen's dad, her uncle Eddy, which wasn't a good thing. Uncle Eddy never backed down from a challenge. She might not know exactly what he'd done to end up in prison, but she'd bet it had started with a challenge.
He tugged on the shield. "I can't get it loose."
"Just leave the shield alone!" She rubbed her hands again.
"Fine." He hopped over the side of the ship and came to stand beside her.
Laurie didn't always understand her cousin, but she knew that he had a stubborn streak that led him—and often her—into trouble. That wasn't what they needed. "Matt's not worth the hassle."
With a soft snort, Fen said, "You got that right."
"So you'll stay away from him and the shield? I don't want you to get into anything." She looked at him, hoping for a promise that didn't come, and when he stayed stone-silent, she gently bumped her head into his shoulder and immediately felt silly.
But then Fen butted her head with his and said, "I'm okay."
She paused. That's what she'd meant, some combination of I'm worried, you fool. Are you okay? and Talk to me. Fen got it. Her dad's side of the family always seemed better at communicating without words. Her dad did, too—when he was around, at least, which these days wasn't very often.
"Come on," he said. "You need to get home anyhow."
They started toward her apartment building. She wouldn't have time to walk Fen home, but even if she did, he wouldn't let her. He was the older brother she didn't have, determined to protect her even as he drove her crazy. Most of the Brekke side of the family treated her like she was something to be shielded. Even though she didn't see them, she knew they watched out for her. No one at school ever gave her grief, and she was pretty sure that Fen had let it be known that he'd pummel anyone who started anything with her.
"I miss seeing everyone," Laurie said quietly. Aside from Fen, she only really got to see her dad's family when she passed them in town. Fen was in her class, so they saw each other at school, but there were no family barbecues, no parties, no even stopping by for a chat. Her mother stayed clear of the Brekkes, and since her dad was off on one of his never-ending trips, Laurie wasn't able to be around the family, either.
"Everyone misses you, too ... and Uncle Stig." Fen didn't mention her half brother, Jordie, or her mom, of course. The Brekkes hadn't quite rejected Jordie, but he wasn't family to them. He was proof that her mother and father had separated, that her mother had tried to move on, but that hadn't worked out. Now, her mom let her dad move back in every time he came to town. He treated Jordie like a son, not as much as he did with Fen, but still he accepted Laurie's brother. The rest of the Brekkes weren't that cool.
"Has Uncle Stig called lately?" Fen asked. There was so much hope in his voice that Laurie wished, not for the first time, that her dad would try to remember to call Fen, too. Of course, he didn't remember to call her most of the time, so expecting him to do much else was silly.
"A few weeks ago. He's coming to see me soon. That was what he said, at least." Laurie ducked her head.
Fen nudged her with his shoulder. "He'll come."
"Unless he doesn't," Laurie added. Both were equally likely. Her father came and went as the mood struck him; he called or sent presents if he thought of it.
"Maybe he'll stay for a while," Fen suggested.
And Laurie knew the part he didn't say, and then I can stay with you. Fen had no real home. Uncle Eddy had been locked up the past few years for some crime no one would talk about in front of either of them, and Aunt Lillian had packed her bags years ago. Fen moved between the relatives like a bag of hand- me-down clothes. When Laurie's father was around for a while, he was likely to invite Fen to live with them. Once he left, Fen moved out. Laurie's mother never said he had to go, but Fen always did—and her mother never stopped him.
"Can you just try not to fight with Matt? Or anyone?" she blurted.
Fen stopped, gave her a look, and then resumed walking.
"It'll be easier if you don't fight with him." She grabbed Fen's forearm. "Mom worries about your influence on Jordie, and if Dad does stay, it'd be nice if you came home, too."
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A storyline for all ages: REVIEW: LOKI'S WOLVES is the first storyline in Kelly Armstrong/Melissa Marr's new middle grade series The Blackwell Pages based on Norse mythology and the end of the world. If you are a fan of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief et al, you will like this particular series. Although the premise and its characters focuses on thirteen year old reluctant heroes, the novel can be read by teens and adults of all ages. The story tells the tale of a Norse legend where Thor (the god of Thunder) and Loki (god and shapeshifter) must band together to prevent the end of the world known as Ragnarok. There are varying myths-some say they fought side by side, while others say they were enemies until the end. Loki is known as malicious and a trickster. In Loki's Wolves, are two young heroes, Matt Thorsen and Fen Brekke, along with Fen's cousin Laurie, are forced into a war between good and evil. But it is Matt who learns rather quickly that he has been chosen to fight the serpent and in doing so, it could very well end his life. The scenarios presented look grim from all accounts and many of the old Norse mythological stories run true to form as the young teens search South Dakota for the other young descendants of Norse deities who will fight by their side. Along the way, our young trio must fight a shapeshifting pack of wolves, trolls who turn to stone at dawn and an evil witch who brings nightmares and death. Many of the Norse mythological gods and demons are represented including Odin, Frey and Freya (the twins), the Norns (females who rule the destiny of gods), Valkyries, trolls, Balder and more. If you are a fan of Norse mythology many of the gods and the storyline premise will be a contemporary but familiar friend. Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr have brought together their combined ability to tell a story and have woven a fantasy tale to be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Loki's Wolves is the first storyline of what is sure to be a wonderful series full of childhood adventures with mythological creatures and supernatural powers see all of my reviews at : thereadingcafe(dot)com
If u like rick riordan this is a book for u
As a fan of Norse mythology, I enjoy that there is finally a series dealing with these myths. An interesting plot, with good twists, keeps the reader for the most part engaged in the story. The band of young heroes fight monsters and other creatures from myths, while trying to figure out their opinions about their fates and each other. Exciting, and enjoyable.
Very detailed and unpredictible. This book had me on the edge of my seat and I had it finished in no time.
All ages of readers could enjoy this book. Great scenes and exciting adventure with mythology!
I have been so excited to get reading Loki’s Wolves by authors M.A. Marr and K.L. Armstrong (a.k.a Melissa Marr and Kelly Armstrong!! *Insert the fangirling here*). Norse mythology, two awesome authors and a book about three kids trying to stop the end of the world? You had me at Norse mythology! Right from the opening chapter I was addicted and in love with Loki’s Wolves until the very last page. Loki’s Wolves is the story of main characters Matt Thorsen and Laurie and Fen Brekke, three kids who are the descendants of Norse Gods. Matt being the descendant of Thor and Fen and Laurie are the descendants of Loki. When Matt discovers that he will be representing Thor in the coming battle leading up to Ragnarok (a.k.a. the End of the World) he finds himself on a quest to find the others who will be representing the Gods so that he can stop a plot that involves his death. This quest brings Matt, Fen and Laurie closer together as they encounter Valkyries, trolls and other creatures from Norse mythology. What I really liked when it came to reading Loki’s Wolves was that finally, after so much waiting and reading Greek Mythology I finally got to read a novel about Norse Mythology. Why was I so excited? Have you not read up on any of this stuff? Even seen a Marvel movie *cough, Avengers/Thor, cough*? Sure that last one wasn’t exactly a great example to use but the point is that Norse Mythology is awesome. With this book being written by two of my favorite authors, I knew that they would pull it off awesomely and they totally did. This definitely gave me my Norse Mythos fix. I don’t usually read middle grade novels but when I do I usually find that I enjoy them because the plots don’t revolve around romance and are more light than some of the heavier YA novels out there. Loki’s Wolves was fun to read. And I don’t mean fun like it made an awesome picture in my head (which it did) but the plot and writing style was fun. It wasn’t too serious and it wasn’t too light, it was a fun read that I got addicted to right from the first chapter. Despite that there are still a lot of serious scenes in Loki’s Wolves that give the novel a sense that the characters are in fact trying to prevent the end of the world. The cast of characters in Loki’s Wolves was really awesome. I personally enjoyed reading chapters from Matt’s POV (point of view) more than the other characters just because he has the power of Thor… and that’s kinda awesome… but the two other main characters, Fen and Laurie, were equally awesome. Fen is chosen to be Loki and Laurie is his cousin who he is very protective of. They have a brother-sister relationship that I really adored. Laurie, being the only female main character, was one that I liked to read about. She was smart, witty and very willing to take action. While none of the characters encountered any romance I personally ship Matt and Laurie (Maurie? Latt? Maurie Borsen? All the possible ship names!). I would recommend Loki’s Wolves to readers who are looking for a read that is non-stop when it comes to pacing that keeps you reading until the very last page and to readers who are looking for a new series to fall in love with. After that ending I know that I will be highly anticipating the next book in the Blackwell Pages.
This was a really fun read--reminiscent of the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books, definitely, though with Norse mythology instead of Greek and Roman--and it has really piqued my interest. It ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, but that's not the only reason I'll be picking up the second book. There's more than a few questions left unanswered at the end (What was up with Laurie's salmon "dream"? What the heck is up with Odin/Owen's so-called girlfriend? Was she even his girlfriend?) that hopefully will be addressed as the series continues. The action is virtually non-stop, making you want to keep going right to the end. It's fun to see a different mythology explored in children's lit--if you're not up on the Norse legends, that's not a problem since they do a decent job of explaining without it feeling like a lecture. (Though if you're looking for something to occupy your time before reading book two or while waiting for book three to be released, check out the Norse mythology portions of Don't Know Much About Mythology: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never Learned to prepare. It's a fun read, though parts of it are definitely NSFW--and probably NSFK(ids), either. Those gods and goddesses had some interesting...um, appetites.) Armstrong and Marr have written an interesting set of characters here--Matt (descendant of Thor) and Fen and Laurie (cousins, descended from Loki) get off to a rocky start but quickly form a bond when faced with adversity. As their quest continues, they find--or are found by--other descendants and characters from the legends who draw you in as well. (Valkyries!) Rating: 4 stars / B+
Matt, Fen, and Laurie have to put aside their differences and learn to work together as they go in search of other kids to help them save the world. This book was interesting. It was a lot like the Percy Jackson books, but I didn't like it quite as much. The three main characters came across as formulaic. Two boys, one girl. A redhead with a temper, an orphan with an attitude, and a girl with a brain. I've read far too many books with a similar cast of main characters. I think I would have liked this book more if I hadn't already read a few dozen just like it. It's written well enough, and I liked the concept of the kids being descended from Norse gods. The characters are likable and their differences kept their interactions interesting. There are a lot of action and fight scenes in the book, and I think kids will like this series as long as they haven't read too many other books in the same genre. Content: One off color comment. Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I realy want to read this book seems very good. Also i like the percy jakson series,heros of olympus and kane chronicles so i think ill like this as well.
I love it!
Sounds llike a reaky good book. Cant weight to read it!!!!!!!! Can you respond on how it ends? PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A retelling of Norse mythology for pre-teens, Loki’s Wolves is the first in a trilogy called The Blackwell Pages. Similar to the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan we are introduced to a main character, Matt Thorsen, who is related to a God or so his family history states. Then we meet Laurie and Fen descents of Loki. Fen and Matt do not get along that well. Fen tries to do everything he can to protect and take care of his cousin Laurie. The world shows signs that the end of the world or Ragnarok is coming. As a descent of Thor, Matt must lead group of kid descendants to stop the destruction of their world. I find nothing wrong with this being similar to another author series in fact I think this will fill the readers ache for more like it. I enjoy mythology retelling as much as I enjoy fairy tale retelling. The book has quick paced chapters and I did not expect the ending. It made me eager to read the next book. I like that all the kids have different abilities that relate to the God they are a descendant from but my mythology knowledge is not so great. I wish the authors had told us a little more about each kid’s descendant and why they had that ability. I do realize some of the kids did not know they were actual descendants, so maybe the reader knows as much as they do. As a whole it is a good read. It’s got action, adventure, magic and monsters. I plan on reading the rest of the series. I recommend this one for fans of Percy Jackson and harry potter series.
I read this with my daughter so she could meet the author at an event. She gave it 5 stars. Having just read Magnus Chase which is also about Norse mythology I was a bit disappointed, but I am not the target audience. So Matt is a direct descendant of Thor and will have to stand in for him now that Ragnarok is coming. He teams up with a descendant of Loki who naturally doesnt like him. I thought the book was ok and might someday read the rest of the series, but my daughter really liked it.
It was really good. I enjoyed it cant wait to read the next one!
Go to thors serpents for fun
don't get this I think they are saying the poor wolves are bad. how stupid the author is to stat that!!!! :/
It is a great book and I learned a lot of Norse mythology from it
The best norse mythology book i've ever read! Just pure awsomeness!!!!!!
Bla res 1! Help Moon have her pups.
I REALLY REALLY WANT SPOILERS WHATS THIS ABOUT LOKI PLEASE TELL ME IM A HUGE LOKI FAN
I loved this book. It was amazing. For anyone who loves mythology this book is for you! Girls would love it just as much as boys. For eveyonr
Written well, very interesting, and has enjoyable characters. However, it does not hold a candle to the suspense, humor, loveable characters, plot line, etc. of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians nor the Heroes of Olympus(at least not books 2-4). That being said, if being judged for its own value, rather than compared, this is a worthy read.