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Review: The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky

The ImmortalsTitle: The Immortals

Author: Jordanna Max Brodsky

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mystery

Series: Olympus Bound (Book #1)

Publication Date: February 16, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 464 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316347183 (Orbit/Hachette)

ISBN-13: 978-0316347181 (Orbit/Hacette)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

MANHATTAN HAS MANY SECRETS.
SOME ARE OLDER THAN THE CITY ITSELF.

Manhattan.
The city sleeps. Selene DiSilva walks her dog along the banks of the Hudson. She is alone-just the way she likes it. She doesn’t believe in friends, and she doesn’t speak to her family. Most of them are simply too dangerous.

Murders.
In the predawn calm, Selene finds the body of a young woman washed ashore, gruesomely mutilated and wreathed in laurel. Her ancient rage returns. And so does the memory of a promise she made long ago. To protect the innocent-and to punish those who stand in her way.

Gods.
With the NYPD out of its depth, Selene vows to hunt the killer on her own. But when classics professor Theo Schultz decodes the ancient myth behind the crime, the solitary Huntress finds herself working with a man who’s her opposite in every way. Together, they face a long-forgotten cult that lies behind a string of murders, and they’ll need help from the one source Selene distrusts most of all: the city’s other Immortals.

Much like Lev Grossman’s The Magicians spoke to a generation of adults who grew up with Harry Potter, THE IMMORTALS will enchant anyone who loved American Gods or Percy Jackson.

Quick & Dirty: People thought the gods weren’t real…

Opening Sentence: Selene DiSilva crouched in a narrow alley between two run-down apartment buildings, watching the street.

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The Review:

Selene is a PI that helps women, just as she was the protector of women so many years ago when she was Artemis. Her power has long since faded as no one worships her anymore, but she is still immortal. After Selene helps a young women get away from an abusive boyfriend she feels a trickle of power, as if someone is calling her. She really doesn’t think anything about until the next morning while out walking her dog she finds the body of a young woman, and the sacrifice has been made to Artemis.

Theo is a Professor of the Classics, and he is stunned when he finds out that, Helen, his ex-girlfriend and fellow Professor has been murdered. When he heads out to the crime scene to say farewell, he runs into Selene. Selene gives him her card and lets him know that she is going to find Helen’s killer and that she was murdered in a ritual sacrifice.  Theo thinks she is a tad crazy until he starts digging into things, and when the police blow him off and another murder happens he knows that he can’t let this go either.

Selene and Theo join forces as a cult begins the ritual of Elysium and it is restoring power to some of the former gods. Soon Selene begins to regain some of her old powers, but she also finds that her mother is dying and she is torn between allowing the ritual to restore power to the gods and protecting the innocent as she always has. Time is running out for Selene and Theo to figure out who is leading the cult? Will Selene make the right choice?

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this, I love the Greek gods and enjoy stories steeped in the mythology. I just don’t’ always like how they turn out. I love how the author brought to life the mythology while also keeping relevant in the modern world. It was also interesting to see how it all played out in the end as we all know the Olympians were notoriously selfish, mean and extremely petty.

I won’t spoil anything, but I loved this and I can’t wait to read book 2. I am hooked and I love mysteries and fantasy, and to have both is just the perfect mixture! Seeing Selene struggle to find her place in humanity while never really being a part of it was so interesting. Plus Theo, I mean who doesn’t love a man that knows his Greek mythology backwards and forwards. I also learned about myths I hadn’t heard and I loved that seriously!

Notable Scene:

Researching the cult ritual that might have inspired Helen’s murder-and could provide the key to preventing others was the best proof yet, that myth and story mattered. Despite the sandess still shadowing him, Theo felt reborn. He was always searching for battles to fight, causes to champion. Now, for the first time, his knowledge could actually save lifes. With a feeling of growing urgency, he jogged up the stairweel and into the Classics offices in Hamilton Hall.

Olympus Bound Series:

1. The Immortals

2. Winter of the Gods

3. Olympus Bound (February 3, 2018)

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FTC Advisory: Orbit/Hachette provided me with a copy of The Immortals. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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2 Responses to “Review: The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky

  1. Nancy HernandezNo Gravatar
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    This sounds like a really cool story. I want to read it I think I’ll add to my tbr on goodreads. Gods and a mystery to boot I’m there, lovely review.

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    It is a great story! I enjoyed every minute of this book!

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