Matt Thorsen is the youngest son of Blackwell's sheriff, brought up on Norse legends and expectations of always doing the right thing and being a team player. Fen Brekke is part of family full of con artists who take turns offering him a place to live while his father is in prison - put there by Matt's father. Fen is a loner, only letting his cousin Laurie get close. He and Matt often argue with each other since their backgrounds and behavior are so different. But they have more in common than it appears; they are both descended from the Norse gods, Matt from Thor and Fen from Loki. At the festival of Vetrarblot the Seer reads the runes and announces that Matt is to be the champion to fight the Midgard Serpent at Ragnarok. A few hours later, Matt meets the Norn who tell him that he needs to find other children of the gods, including Fen and his cousin Laurie, and have them help him in the battle. But how do you get someone you've never gotten along with to become an ally? And how will they track down all the other Children of the North and the magical artifacts that they need?
This is a great start to a new series. It has plenty of action, humor, realistic personalities, and suspense to keep you glued to the page. Readers who enjoy a mythological element (like what is woven through Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles), or the powers associated with mythology (like what Thor and Loki have in the movies) will find plenty of it in this series. Matt, Fen and the rest of the kids are just a bunch of middle-schoolers trying to save the world, not from pollution, but from Fimbulwinter. Let's hope they succeed.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.