Mariah Voutilainen reviews Eric Syrdal’s epic, Pantheon.
Eric Syrdal’s Pantheon takes readers on an epic journey through time, space and emotion
As a keen reader of sci-fi and fantasy novels, I was very impressed by Eric Syrdal’s Pantheon. For me, the title alone recalled deities of myth, promised encounters with larger-than-life heroes, and set up an expectation of sweeping verse. Syrdal, a self-proclaimed romantic and sci-fi and fantasy enthusiast, does not disappoint: He deftly weaves a tale of adventure, his protagonists crossing paths with virtuous Goddesses, who coax them toward their destinies.
As I read the first section, I worried that Pantheon was a little too heavy on the usual themes of fantasy and fairy tale: Warhorses champing at the bit, armored fighters, swords at the ready, the proverbial dragon looming over the embattled heroic Poet. Despite this, I continued on and was glad I did, for Syrdal quickly demonstrates that his story…
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