by K.L. Armstrong and M.A.Marr
Little Brown and Co 2013 Fantasy 358 p
The small town of Blackwell, South Dakota, is the home to two rival families, the Thorsen's and the Brekkes. The family rivalry goes back a long way, in fact, it goes clear back to the ancient battles of the Norse gods, because the Thorsen's are decedents of Thor, and the Brekkes are decedents of Loki. As decedents of the gods the young champions of the two families, Matt and Fen, have special powers, and are destined to be players in the world's final battle, Ragnarok. If the two boys can learn to work together, maybe the total destruction can be avoided. But that is a big "if". This is definitely a book for those who like Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series or the Thor movies. The kids stumble from adventure to adventure, discovering new powers, new friends, and new enemies at every turn. This fun and fast paced fantasy is recommended for boys or girls 5th grade and above.