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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  33 reviews
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
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Published January 5th 2012 by Sea Lion Books
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Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Katy by: Sea Lion Bookx
Please note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher (Sea Lion) in exchange for an honest review, which I did in December, 2011. In September and October 2013 I am editing it for an updated release of the e-book.

4.5 out of 5 stars

My Synopsis: Isaiah Marshall has lived on the streets since he was a child. He had to grow up tough and strong, and now he runs his own gang – the Redrover Gang – consisting of his friends Jeremy, Monty and Pipsqueak. One day, while walking in a part of town t
Sandra "Jeanz"
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I always say I am totally honest in my reviews, so, I have to begin my saying that initially I didn't think that this was "my type" of book. Then I began reading it and thought "oh no its going to be all complicated about gods, and who is on whose side etc etc" but it was not overly complicated and as you came across each God you didn't really need prior knowledge as it was explained and put across which Gods and ~goddesses had which strengths and weaknesses.
The book is well written and once it
Nikoleta Katsiouli
Jul 24, 2012 marked it as to-read
I won Pantheons (Pantheons, #1) in a giveaway....!!!Lollllll!!!
Veronica Morfi
Dec 14, 2011 rated it liked it
This is the story of Isaiah, a homeless teen who finds himself attending an elite high school after some strange incident. There he finds out who he really is, the son of Zeus and Metis, that the ancient gods are walking amongst mortal in teenage bodies and that there is a prophecy that he will kill his father Zeus and take his throne.

What I loved:
There were a ton of battle scenes that were really great. I couldn't get enough of them. Especially at the ending, there was a tournament which kind o
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
“Four Stars: Fans of mythology will love the collision of all the Gods in this book.

Isaiah Marshall has not had an easy go in life. As a homeless orphan, he lives under a bridge, using newspapers at night to keep out the cold. Despite his circumstances he is content. Isaiah is the leader of a small gang, with three other members. The small quartet are inseparable. The others, follow Isaiah with loyal admiration, even though he rarely speaks, due to his inability to pronounce the letter "s". A se
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A long and shallow look at ancient gods from the perspective of teenage-dom.

Opening Sentence: “Hey Isaiah, what are we up to this morning?”

The Review:

I can safely sum up this entire book in one word: long. Yes, long. Too much time spent on day-to-day happenings without any extra character depth derived from it. And too little details for too many pages. There’s too much fighting without character growth arising from it. Pantheons, the first
Amy Halbern
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Pantheons was my first Y/A Mythology based read. I loved it, from start to finish. E.J. Dabel did a phenomenal job writing this story. I had the opportunity to review it before it was released. My goal was to finish it before it was released, which didn't quite happen. LOL! I also had the opportunity to discuss the book with E.J. as I was reading it. By doing that it helped me better understand the story and the characters. E.J. became a great friend to me in doing this. This was such a neat exp ...more
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

Let me tell you a little story about Zeus, the Greek god of the sky, and his first wife Metis, an Oceanid and Greek goddess of wisdom.

During the Titan War, Metis acted as Zeus’s counselor and advisor. And way before that, Metis was the one who advised and gave Zeus the potion that would make Kronos throw up his children (I’m not going to get into that story, though). Soon after Zeus and Metis married, she became pregnant with a daughter who would become Athena. How
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Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Here we are with another YA novel, which is something I am super surprised to say I have started to enjoy the genre. And to be honest I was pretty excited about this book because I love the who Greek mythology thing, in fact it was the Greeks who made me minor in history. So long story short I love books with Greek themes, they are just so much fun and entertaining.

I have to say that thing I enjoyed the most about the boo
Cassie McCown
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
By: EJ Dabel
ISBN: 9780983613176
Published January 5, 2012 by Sea Lion Books
Available Format: ebook

My Rating: ★★★★☆

I truly loved the basis of this story—all the different gods from all the different pantheons forced to live in present times in the bodies of teenagers. Talk about some punishment! I'm a big fan of mythology, although I don't know nearly as much as I wish I did. I was able to recognize many of the characters in this novel, and I even learned a thing or two as well.

I appreci
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm kind of iffy on this book. Zeus is a jerk,and the main character is the typical head strong hero who just cant catch a break. I love the twist on story and how all different mythologies are mixed in but at the end of the book i was like, "eh". I'm not excited to read the second one and havent rushed to buy it. I would so much rather read Percy Jackson but hey every dog deserves his day. Not a bad read, quick and easy to get through, but gets really boring is some parts. At the end you end up ...more
Haiku Reviews
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult

Isaiah is trash
He lives on the streets and fights
But oh! He’s much more

He is a godling
In a teenage mortal form
His father is Zeus

He must learn to fight
Learn to harness his powers
Or lost Dominion

You might have read a few books about ancient mythology and you might have done your own picture of it in your mind. But prepare yourselves, in this book you will see the myth world like youve never seen before.
The main character, Isaiah, find out that he belongs to the myth world and he has destiny from which is not easy to run from. And he has to fight for his own freedom and for his friends.

May be, youve heard some gossips about Ancient Greek world and their society. These stories usua
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Isaiah Marshall lives on the streets with his gang of four, the Red rovers, rashly fighting any man who comes in their path. When this pompous boy insults the gang, they follow him to his rich school to finish him. In their search for the boy, the vice principal discovers the mischievous boys and tests Isaiah’s leadership by getting in the way of his gang. He brings the gang to the principal where punishment may be the last thing on the principal’s mind. He offers the boys a chance to attend sch ...more
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-by-aimeekay
Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 2 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Publisher
Reviewer: AimeeKay

I’m torn with this book. The idea and premise behind it I really liked. I love ancient religions and I really like to see how authors write them into present day situations. I also really liked the fact that the author of Pantheons used not just well known gods but also more obscure ones, such as gods from Native American and Chinese culture.

The story itself is really intriguing as
Jessie Potts
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pantheons is a coming of age story about an unlikely hero with a speech impediment… it’s also about gods and goddesses of different Pantheons all over the world… oh it’s also about war, murder, action, adventure and romance with an automaton. If it seems like the author poured a whole lot of plot and details into this story it’s because he did. For those of you who aren’t that familiar with mythology from different civilizations, especially Greek, be prepared to flip back and forth trying to rem ...more
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
It's not really like me to describe a book as "book for guys" because I for one love reading books that were written for boys. This one is full of fighting, magic fantastical lands and adventure. The main group of characters is Isaiah and his gang. He is homeless and has a speech impediment so doesn't speak much. They are rough kids that stand up against others and do what they need to survive. One day they are hassled by a rich kid and end up walking into the Kaliber Academy to find the kid. Mi ...more
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya, mythology
I am not going to do a recap of the book because everyone else has pretty much already covered that. :)
So I will just say what I liked and what I didn't.

What I liked:
*I really liked learning a bit about all sorts of other gods. I adore Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians as well as his Heroes of Olympus series. After reading those books I became very interested in mythology so it was interesting to learn more about other gods from different cultures.
*The action/fighting scenes were e
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, first-reads
*Free ebook version won of the Now Is Gone blog in exchange for an honest review*

My actual rating for Pantheons is somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. The story is richly imaginative. The characters for the most part are well developed, though at times I wanted to strangle them for some of their decisions. That probably was the author's intent.

The story itself is definitely something anyone in their teens or older can enjoy. Many life lessons exist within the pages. However, at times the story see
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it

So I enjoyed this book VERY much, after reading only 10 chapters. The plot is amazing, engaging into action right away, making me predict what will happen, truly great. Easy to follow, surprising you just when you start to get bored.The characters are beautiful, capturing real life teenagers. I adore Isaiah's twist, the way he (spoiler) can't pronounce the letter s.
I can feel clear empathy, I just love these characters, especially Jeremy

The only reason I did not give this book 5 stars w
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Ana by: Sea Lion Books

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Although the mythology was used with great care and interest, mostly everything else about this book was too convenient in terms of plot.
We have some good characters and even an interesting premisse (as well as the mythology), but from then on it's just too much.
Everything happens too fast, without any reasonable logic. Isaiah is weak, then strong, then weak again, strong, weak, weak, strong, weak, and so forth. it makes no sense and the only re
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love when I find a book that captures me and won't let go and that's exactly what I found in this book! From the very first page it draws you in and keeps you in amazement and surprised! It's irristible and hard to put down! I love that the author took an old classic and threw in a modern twist and we get to learn about some really cool history along the way! There are some really amazing scenes and even some that will have you heartbroken and crying but you'll always come back for more! Panth ...more
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review has been a long time coming, and I really wish I had had the time and do a complete sit though instead of bits and pieces. It's been a long hard winter for me, with bouts of pneumonia.
That said. I love the idea of the book. Greek mythology is one of my favorite genres and I currently write them into my stories.
The gods as teens is an original idea and I would mostly recommend this to young boys, although my eight year old niece is obsessed with all things Percy Jackson, so I will r
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Dabel's Pantheons is a wonderful story with great character development that will grab your attention and keep you enthralled till the twist at the end. The one draw back is you are going to be left with questions and waiting for the next in the series....but that is ok, that is kind of fun. Dabel's explanation of the many gods in Greek mythology is very clear and fascinating and I can't wait for Pantheons number 2. I am not a good writer I wasn't blessed with the ability to write these beau ...more
I.S. Anderson
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
While I admit, I have been getting distracted from my reading lately, mainly by increasing my book marketing efforts and writing, I just could not get into this story.

I am almost half way through this story, and nothing significant has happened. Some "chief gods" have gathered and finally decided to start a war this book is based on, and probably the series. There is an interesting array of gods. The main character has a flaw that some people might find interesting.

If you have a love of mytholog
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Because of being a huge fan of the Percy Jackson series and a recommendation from Sea Lion Books I decided to read this book. It did not disappoint! I enjoyed reading about the different gods from each pantheon instead of it being just about Greek mythology. The twist of them being trapped in teenage bodies made it more interesting. I would definitely recommend this book to friends and family...fact is, I already have!
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Overall the book was good. The ending left me thinking what the heck is going on? The plot twist of Zues being the originator of the Sampo, and setting in motion all the other actions make my head ache.
I feel the story needs some work on it to clear up grammatcal errors,plus other problems with one characters.
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!! It's really hard for me to find books that I like but now I finally have. :) Thanks so much for what you do E.J. and keep writing!!
Salman Faris
Reminds me of The Percy Jackson series but this has a whole new twist and a game changing storyline. A must read.
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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 ...more

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