"Night of Pan is based on true events—a history mostly told by men who depict the Oracle of Delphi as a drugged-crazed teenager manipulated by politically-
Having studied the Classics and spent time in Greece post-college, Strickland found love in mythology. She quickly became passionate about bringing the richness of Homer's language and culture to today's youth. Night of Pan does not glorify being tasked by the Gods to fulfill the role of the Oracle. Instead, she demonstrates the danger of her destiny and the disturbing horrors these prophecies bring, while still remaining appropriate for young readers. For lovers of the recent book-to-film franchise Percy Jackson, this Greek mythology YA is a must-read adventure for Fall 2014.
More about Night of Pan
Ancient Greece, 480 BCE. Fifteen-year-
Thaleia chooses to return.
But it isn’t easy to be chosen by the gods. Thaleia has visions no one else does: roofs dripping blood, Athens burning. She must convince her best friend and all the villagers that she’s not crazy. The gods do speak to her. As her prophecies come true, she claims her destiny as Oracle. But her life is in danger. The priests banished the last Oracle and want to seize Thaleia’s power. When the Persian army marches beneath the cliffs of Mt. Parnassus, Thaleia plays her panpipes—a gift from Pan—and summons a thunderstorm and earthquake. She stops the invaders, banishing them forever from Delphi and thereby saves the cradle of democracy. But can she rescue her best friend from the priest’s evil tradition of virgin sacrifice?
About Gail Strickland
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.
About the Publisher
Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) publishes the best in fiction under a slew of genres and themes, with a tip of the hat toward more unique and edgy stories of a high caliber.
At CQ, we believe a book is a portal to another world, a break from reality that frees both mind and spirit. We want to bring a little piece of that magic to every life we touch with the written word.