ARC REVIEW: Night Of Pan by Gail Strickland
AUTHOR: Gail Strickland
PUBLICATION: Published November 7th 2014 by Curiosity Quills Press
GENRE: YA > Mythology
PAGES: 254pages (ebook)
SOURCE: arc via publisher
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The slaughter of the Spartan Three Hundred at Thermopylae, Greece 480 BCE—when King Leonidas tried to stop the Persian army with only his elite guard—is well known. But just what did King Xerxes do after he defeated the Greeks?
Fifteen-year-old Thaleia is haunted by visions: roofs dripping blood, Athens burning. She tries to convince her best friend and all the villagers that she’s not crazy. The gods do speak to her.
And the gods have plans for this girl.
When Xerxes’ army of a million Persians marches straight to the mountain village Delphi to claim the Temple of Apollo’s treasures and sacred power, Thaleia’s gift may be her people’s last line of defense.
Her destiny may be to save Greece..
…but is one girl strong enough to stop an entire army?
Thaleia has always been a wild one. She’s always in the mountains.. defying all the rules that are set in her village. So when the day comes that she’s about to get married to Brygos, the man who her father chose for since she was 5, Thaleia ran away.. intending to get away and never to come back again. That is until the god Pan appeared in front of her and m ade her realize that she have a purpose in their village.
First of all, Strickland has a very lovely writing. I’m a fan of Thaleia’s POV. Its a mix of mischief and innocence. I was easily gripped from the start because of the poetic and haunting way that Strickland is using in describing Thaleia’s environment and their culture. I was enamored and kind of shocked on how they do things. I mean, engaging a 5 year old to some man who is much much older? Man, I’m glad we don’t do that now.
The plot was entertaining.. though the pacing was a bit slow and I think some chapters should’ve been just cut short, I was still engrossed the whole time. I recommend Night of Pan for older fans of Rick Riordan’s novels. But then again, I think kids will love it too. They just have to know that Pan is a bit different here. Any mythology fans will find Night of Pan fascinating.. with rich characters and setting and lovely writing, I can’t wait how this series goes!!
While studying the Classics in college, Gail Strickland translated much of Homer’s ILIAD and ODYSSEY, Herodotus’ prophecies and THE BACCHAI by Euripides. Living on the Greek islands after college, she discovered her love of myth, the wine-dark sea and retsina.
THE BALTIMORE REVIEW and WRITER’S DIGEST have recognized Gail’s fiction. She published stories and poems in Travelers’ Tales’ anthologies and the San Francisco Writer’s anthology. Her poetry and photography were published in a collection called CLUTTER.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gail grew up in Northern California. She raised her children; was a musical director for CAT children’s theater; taught music in schools; mentored young poets and novelists and introduced thousands of youngsters to piano and Greek mythology. Gail is passionate about bringing the richness of Homer’s language and culture to today’s youth.