Night of Pan

Night of Pan

by Gail Strickland

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ISBN-13: 9781620077559
Publisher: Whampa, LLC
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Night of Pan 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BillD7 More than 1 year ago
You can feel Gail Strickland’s love for Greek mythology all through this story. She draws us into the world of Thaleia (even her name speaks to the Gods), a frustrated fifteen-year-old who will do anything to avoid an arranged marriage to Brygos, a local fisherman. But Thaleia’s life takes a crucial turn when she travels up the hillside to a special place with her most special friend, Sophia. When the two are separated, Thaleia meets the god Pan, his hairy and hoofy description beautifully relayed to us by the soon-to-be Pythia. She soon learns that she’s more than a girl who wants to marry for love. Thaleia’s destiny is opposed by the village priest, Diokles, who claims to speak for the gods, when in truth all he craves is gold, power, and total control over Delphi. Even when the old priest thinks he’s killed Thaleia, the gods return her to the living. Revived, she discovers her connection to the gods and uses this power to protect her home, her country, and all those she loves. Thanks to Hollywood, most know the story of King Leonidas and that battle of the 300 at Thermopylae. And good King Leonidas has a role in this story–intriguing within itself–but Gail Strickland takes the story further, challenging the people of Delphi and all of Greece, to rely on the power given to a fifteen-year-old girl as their last hope of driving back King Xerxes and his army.   Thaleia has a wonderful voice, filled with the usual concerns of a teenager, but also blessed with courage and a hunger to know who she is. Night of Pan is a coming of age story and what Thaleia discovers will delight and enthrall readers. It’s right there on Apollo’s temple: Know Thyself. Gail Strickland spent countless hours studying the Greek culture, the language, as well as the mythology, and she has woven that knowledge into this magical story. Not preachy or textbook dry, but told as Aristotle would, standing in an amphitheater, words traveling on warm breezes tickling sensitive ears, the tale thrilling young and old alike.  Night of Pan appeals to everyone . . . as all great stories do. Thaleia is a heroine for the ages and we are fortunate that we can continue to follow her in the Oracle of Delphi Trilogy. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my 8-year-old son, who reads a lot of YA fantasy and loves mythology; for example, he has read all of the Rick Riordan books and is reading the Lord of the Rings series. Immediately after reading Night of Pan, he asked if this was going to be a series and if he could read the next book! He said he loved the mythological detail and the characters. He especially liked the character Sophia (he thought she had "good instincts"), and liked how Pan helped Thaelia (the scene with the magical pipes was his favorite). I plan on borrowing this book from my son and reading it myself!
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Thaleia is a young girl who was betrothed to Brygos, a considerably older brute of a man, when she was just five years old. Night of Pan begins when Thaleia is fifteen years of age. The day has come for her to be married, but feeling she can't possibly marry Brygos, she flees her village. As she takes flight through the woods she has a face-to face encounter with the god Pan, who persuades her to stay in Delphi, where she is needed by her people. As the story progresses, Thaleia comes to learn who she is and what her role is as the Oracle of Delphi. But realizing her potential and fulfilling her destiny will not be easy when an imposter Oracle is already established. Saving Delphi seems nearly impossible when she must prove that she is the true Oracle and find a way to defeat the power-hungry priest, Diokles, who is determined to stop Thaleia at all costs. Night of Pan is a suspenseful and intriguing book that will appeal to a broad audience, especially those interested in Greek mythology. Author Gail Strickland has skillfully woven mythology and history into an engaging coming of age novel that is sure to connect with young readers on many levels.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Required for All Middle & High School Libraries I would like to thank author Gail Strickland & Curiosity Quills Press for granting me a copy of this e-book to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. Goodreads Teaser: "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 is a young Greek girl living in Delphi, but she is different than all the other girls. Where then yield she stands strong and defiant. She doesn't mean to be problematic, nor does she mean to create problems for her best friend, Sophia. Yet somehow things always manage to go awry when Thaleia is involved. Thaleia is much more like a modern girl in her thoughts and deeds than she is like the others of her time. She thinks for herself, loves adventure, and won't tolerate injustice - not for others, or for herself. And that is how she views her upcoming betrothal to the crude Brygos, as a betrayal by her family, but more by her father as he holds the power in their family, just like in all families. But this story is about Thaleia's journey of self discovery, told against the backdrop of the Persian's invasion of Greece and the last stand of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. Part of her journey includes growing up and starting to see things for what they really are. Life is not black and white, and no two people are exactly the same. It may be the power of her blood that allows her to make this leap in logic, or it may simply be her destiny; whatever it is, none of the other girls have it, nor do they even understand it. Not even her beloved Sophia. The other part is learning to believe in herself, to really know herself, and in that knowing to trust the gods to work through her and save Greece, and specifically Delphi, from the overwhelming Persian invasion. This combination certainly makes for an energizing set of events, keeping the pacing of the story steady and exciting, yet without overloading on the excitement and causing the reader to become immune to the drama being played out for them. Thaleia meets the God Pan on the mountainside, where he gives her his pipes. She keeps this meeting to herself in the beginning, for even she doesn't trust that what happened was true. But as she has more and more visions it certainly seems that she really did meet Pan. Which means her destiny is far greater than being trapped in a loveless marriage, should she not be able to run away in time. Time and again Thaleia is tested by the gods and villagers alike. The tests becoming faster and more dangerous once it is clear to her that she is the rightful Oracle, and the The Child of the Clouds. Indeed the Child of the Clouds on speaks in birdsong, which no one understands - not even the corrupt head priest Diokles. Yet somehow Thaleia does understand the girl, not that it makes anything easier for either of them. Although Thaleia is the central character and focal point of the story, the other characters are also fascinating and often provide good counterbalance to Thaleia. Even with minimal descriptions and scenes, the supporting characters certainly manage to make themselves and their actions felt loud and clear throughout the entire book. While some questions are answered, others are being set up for the following books. During Thaleia's self-exploration she finds that she will be betrayed by those she loves, and supported by strangers who believe in her from the very first. Yet she still finds a way to not only forgive those who betrayed her, but she almost seems blind to what is really happening. And at this point things could go either way - the worst betrayal could have come from real concern, or it could have been prompted by jealousy and anger. But the answer is not to be found in this first book of the series. And given what Thaleia managed to pull off in this first book, it does make me pause to wonder what on earth she can do in the second act to top this opening act! This book is certainly fine for adult readers, but it felt to me as if it was designed for a younger audience - it felt much more like middle- & high-schoolers are the target audience. But don't let that stop you from reading this book/series, as it also easily speaks to older readers as well. Between the interesting protagonist, the smooth story arc, and the creative ending, this book certainly isn't lacking for any of the necessary requirements that make for good reading and solid entertainment!