Disclosure Notice: I was given a free copy of this book for review purposes. I promised the author brutal honesty. And I promise my readers the same thing.
The premise of the book is solid. While it is readily apparent that the author was inspired by other works, the story is uniquely his own. In this day and age, genuine originality is a precious commodity and Eric Nierstedt has it in droves.
What do “old gods” do when everything goes sideways? That is the premise explored in this book. I can’t really think of a better way of summarizing the work without spoiling too much. And I just refuse to spoil this book. It isn’t flawless, but no synopsis will do the story justice. Read the damn book. Trust me.
But let’s break things down a little:
The good: I can’t praise the story enough. Truth be told, when I first started reading my initial reaction was “here we go again with another American Gods rip off”. But those fears were swiftly dispelled. The story takes a quick left turn into territory I’ve never seen explored before.
The pacing was great. Nothing felt like it dragged on, or was out of place. Overall the story flowed well from beat to beat. The descriptions were engaging without belaboring the point.
The Bad: There were a few “clunky” parts. But they were very minor and relatively few and far between. There was a character I really didn’t care for. But on further reflection, I might have liked them better if they had been featured a little more.
The Ugly: I’m nitpicking here. However, the book could have benefited from a copy/grammar editor. There were a handful of spelling and grammar errors sprinkled through the book. The most egregious being a couple of “then/than” mix ups. Like I said, I’m nitpicking.
I’m giving Silent Pantheon a solid 4 out of 5. I can’t wait for book 2 in the series to come out. I’ve GOT to see where the author goes from here. And I would definitely recommend checking it out.
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