Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Review of Pantheons (Pantheons #1) by E.J. Dabel

On the streets, they call fifteen year old orphan Isaiah Marshall the “Indestructible Diamond”. Isaiah is the leader of the “Redrovers”, a group of teenage misfits consisting of his friends Jeremy, Monty, and Pipsqueak, but when they trespass into “Kaliber Academy” to get even with the arrogant Jason Ollopa, they are in way over their heads. 
Principal Webb enrolls them into the High School and Isaiah soon learns about the existence of the gods of the Ancient World. Because the gods have refused to fight the last War for fear of the Mysterious Dark, the Powers-that-Be have stripped them of their spiritual bodies and given them mortal, teenage forms. 

Isaiah discovers he's not only a god, but that he's the child of the Greek goddess Metis, the son destined to overthrow his cruel and sadistic father Zeus, the Darkener of the Sky, and become the greatest god in all the Pantheons. 

Isaiah is thrown into a world where the democratic Olympians, war-mongering Norse, Gothic Celts, firstborn Egyptians, the enlightened Hindu, the animal-like Aztecs, the martial artist Asians, the intelligent Babylonians, the great spirits of the Native American Indians, and the fierce Finnish will war against one another for the greatest of all prizes: the Dominion.

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                      About Pantheons
Available as: E-book $1.99 from Kindle's Edition 
                                                        Recommended Ages: 15 and Up
E-book: 265 pgs.
PublishedJanuary 5th 2012 by Sea Lion Books

For This Review: *E-Book Copy Provided by Publisher For Review Purposes*
A thoroughly pleasant surprise Pantheons was in reading. Its inclusion of a huge amassing of Greek mythology and cultural , god legends incorporated into a tale of an on-going fight between gods to come out on top who just so happen to now be teenagers was pure fun.

On the fight between the gods aforementioned , well , every few centuries The Powers That-Be (which believe have heard before in the t.v show of Angel) they become bored with the chosen gods with power so they incite gods to fight against each other for the control to have complete Dominion over different Pantheons which belong to different countries. All of these gods in turn have chief gods who are the leader in their Pantheons which includes various players. The most poweful Pantheon to have come into power was the god , Zeus , of the Olympian Pantheon. Zeus was the chief god to have the dominion over all the gods for very long is widely feared and hated. There were many wars that have been held to have allowed different gods to take power. The Fourth War wasn't quickly begun by the Pantheon gods so the Powers That-Be are somewhat pissed of at the gods. They have therefore cursed the gods to have mortal teenage  bodies to contain their godl powers. With these bodies they still must go to war and have an ultimate chief god who will have dominion over them all. Zeus as in pevious wars now is trying to set into motion his plan to gain Dominion. Zeus has one geat obstacle that has as we all know from Ancient Greek mythology mentions that should Zeus have a son from the wisdom goddess Metis he'll overthrow his father. Even though Zeus had a daughter instead of a son named , Athena , goddess of wisdom and protector of heroes.  Isaiah Mashall is the son of Zeus and Metis in Pantheons. He supposedly was kept secret because of the prophecy where Zeus was willing to go to great lengths to kill his own son. We get to see Isaiah's life story which more often than not is going to become dangerous if Zeus discovers he's his son and very much alive.  Isaiah discovers his shocking heritage when as a gang member he saves a girl while he sees her on the run from a raging bull. When Isaiah rescues her she looks like no other type of girl he's ever seen. She has silver hair and silver eyes. Not to mention she has weird ways of being and talking which found so very endearing. Just as he rescues her he is pushed into an alternate dimension and his first encounter with the world of Pantheon gods. He's later sent back into the mortal world with Silver Eyes who really wants him to have a strange necklace that is revealed to be The Sampo. The Sampo gives the wearer control over Silver Eyes and has available mysterious powers. 
Isaiah is soon referred as Master by Silver Eyes or as Isaiah now calls her Sam. Sam lets Isaiah know that though she may appear human she isn't instead she is a silver and gold automaton built by a Pantheon Finnish god named Ilmarinen. He made her incridibly life-like that Isaiah finds himself drawn to her. Although he doesn't want to get close to her knowing he has a funny speech impediment he feels she surely wouldn't understand. Sam though doesn't mind his problem. Slowly he becomes much more confident in himself to even let his friends who are in a gang with him (who he is the leader of) that includes Pipsqueak, Jeremy, and Monty know about his speech problem of not being able to pronounce "s" at all in times of conversing. The speech thing felt had to do with him being a god. Not sure but its a theory.

Isaiah little by little is starting make some great relationships but in his mind there is only vengeance for his father Zeus who killed his mother. Although the titan brothers that so far have helped him search his heritage have mentioned that defeating Zeus is no easy task and even the most powerful gods could never do so. And Isaiah is low in power in the god hierarchy. Not exactly the top. Even so Isaiah for some reason or other is starting to get help from mysterious souces that may or may not be: The Powers That-Be, old creation gods, and or dark forces. Lots of forces are at play in Pantheons with many rooting for Isaiah and others not. With Pantheons ending with Isaiah having to have a resolve to do what he must. There's so much still to go into Pantheons that you must really discover it for yourself as a reader. 

E.J. Dabel wrote an amazing mythological novel in Pantheons. The language of every sentence makes you want to keep listening. Its not a novel you'll really have a hard time reading through but the opposite which is stopping to take breaks. Its just really good.  Its very accomadating and at home in terms of voice. It all really comes into place and there are not overwhelming info-dumps like in most fantasy/paranomal books. It all slowly makes sense. Then there is the added bonus of heavy action-packed scenes that are pretty satisfying. There is so much easy praise to be found in the first of Pantheons. The surpising reveals keep on coming especially in Pantheons #1 which concludes with quite the shocker!

This is a fantastic novel that is a sort of mythology centered fantasy. You'll be quite pleasantly surprised with it. There is just so much good here. Now really want to be reading Pantheon #2, really.
Overall: Amazing read!
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Mythology, Romance 

                                About the Author
Ernst J. Dabel is the author of “Pantheons”, and is also the President and co-owner of Dabel Brothers Productions, a publishing company specializing in comics and graphic novels. Ernst’s company has adapted novels by major authors such as Dean Koontz, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jim Butcher, George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Orson Scott Card, Raymond E. Feist, R.A. Salvatore, Patricia Briggs, Robert Silverberg, Tad Williams, and others.

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