Praise the gods! James Lovegrove’s Pantheon Series, which includes fan favourite titles such as The Age of Ra and The Age of Zeus, has topped 200,000 sales worldwide!
We know, pretty amazing right? James’s all-action tales of god-bothering derring-do are exactly the sort of books we love to publish: fast, furiously inventive and flat out fun to read.
James had this to say about his incredible achievement:
“When I started writing my Pantheon series back in 2008, I had no idea it was going to be a success. Or even a series. I just had an idea for a novel and the idea tickled me: the Ancient Egyptian gods dividing the world up between them and fighting proxy battles using us mortals as chess pieces/cannon fodder.
That book was The Age of Ra, and the reviews were good, and word of mouth brought sales, and Solaris asked me for a sequel. But I couldn’t see a way of carrying the story on in any meaningful way, so I counter-proposed. How about a novel about a different set of ancient gods?
Solaris said yeah. Thus was The Age of Zeus born. And so it went on. I’ve now written seven novels and three novellas, all fitting in under the umbrella title of the Pantheon series (the latest being the just-about-to-hit-a-bookshop-near-you Age of Heroes). Each is standalone but deals with the same core theme: our relationship with our deities.
I never foresaw that the books would become so popular. I just wanted to tell good stories about gods, using each established mythology as a playground to mess around in. I’m deeply gratified – and grateful – that readers have taken them to their hearts in the way they have, and I look forward to dreaming up further new guises for old gods in the years to come.
I should also add that I’m hugely indebted to the fine folk at Solaris — the present curators Jon, Ben, David and Rob, as well as those who went before — for taking a punt on these books in the first place and then shepherding them through their various incarnations and metamorphoses for lo, these many years gone.”
Hearty congratulations to James, and here’s to many more years of godly goodness!