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Review: Winter of the Gods by Jordanna Max Brodsky

Title: Winter of the Gods

Author: Jordanna Max Brodsky

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Olympus Bound (Book #2)

Publication Date: February 14, 2017

Format: Hardcover, 452 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316385913 (Orbit/Hachette)

ISBN-13: 978-0316385916 (Orbit/Hachette)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Myth and reality collide in this sequel to The Immortals that sets Greek Gods against a modern Manhattan backdrop.

Manhattan has many secrets. Some are older than the city itself.

Winter in New York: snow falls, lights twinkle, and a very disgruntled Selene DiSilva prowls the streets looking for prey.

But when a dead body is discovered sprawled atop Wall Street’s iconic Charging Bull statue, it’s clear the NYPD can’t solve the murder without help. The murder isn’t just the work of another homicidal cult — this time, someone’s sacrificing the gods themselves.

While raising fundamental questions about the very existence of the gods, Selene must hunt down the perpetrators, tracking a conspiracy that will test the bonds of loyalty and love.

Quick & Dirty: Another body is found with a cult ritual and it’s up to Selene and Theo to figure out what is going on.

Opening Sentence: The Salvation Army Santa Claus narrowly escaped having his bell ripped from his hands and shoved down his throat.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Selene and Theo have been dating and things are going great until Theo is called down to assist with another murder. Once there he brings Selene and she realizes during the autopsy report that it’s not a person who was murdered in a ritual, it was a god, the god of Death, Hades. This spells trouble for all the remaining gods, but it’s especially troubling as Hades hadn’t faded like the rest of them and still retained his powers.

Theo and Selene begin the hunt and warn the other gods, that someone is hunting them bearing their own weapons. Selene begins working with the other gods located in New York, and they are later joined by some from out of town. Most of the gods are still missing or no one knows where they are. Selene begins to think that Ares is behind this cult in an attempt to regain more of his former glory.

But that all changes when he is found dead. It is a race against time to figure out who is next and try to prevent the sacrifice. When Selene is taken, it is up to Theo to infiltrate the cult and attempt to save her. But they have been betrayed, and not just Selene has been taken. Will Theo be able to save her? Will other gods be sacrificed?

Whew, this book hit the action right from the start and such a jump from the first one. It was scary to see Olympians being hunted and killed, and I hung on for the whole ride. I still adore Theo and Selene, and this book only made me love them more. Although I wasn’t super happy about the ending, spoilers, so I won’t tell you why. I love the cult aspects of her books, which are obscure forgotten things that took time and research and she made them extremely creepy and super interesting.

I learn so much about greek mythology every time I read these books, and this time she included the roman aspect as well. Which I totally admit didn’t thrill me as much. I mean they are the same gods with different names, but literally the roman aspect didn’t add anything to them. It just felt stolen, but she won me over in the end. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year.

Notable Scene:

Selene let out a long shuddering sigh. ” I think we’ve already done enough.” And then, for a long moment, the gods simply sat in silence listening to the reports of the havoc a war between immortals could wreck on a city of men.

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 Winter Of The Gods. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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2 Responses to “Review: Winter of the Gods by Jordanna Max Brodsky

  1. Nancy HernandezNo Gravatar
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    I am so interested in this series. The review for immortals was good and this one just makes me want to get the books. The story sounds great and I love the duo investigators here, I ma going to have to buy this on kindle.

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    I enjoyed both books and I think they are totally worth buying!

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