Review: The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky

April 11, 2016 Books, Reading, Reviews 1 ★★★★

Review: The Immortals by Jordanna Max BrodskyThe Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky

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.

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.

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.
Series: Olympus Bound #1
Published by Orbit on February 16th 2016
Genres: Speculative Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 464
Format: eARC
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I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

This book contains potentially triggering material. You can find details of potential triggers at the end of this review.

I’m always intrigued by books where I can’t decide if I like the main character or not. Selene DiSilva, formerly known as the goddess Artemis, is not the most likable person. She may have lost her divine powers along with the rest of the Greek gods, but she’s never really worn humanity well, either. She protects women, as she always has, but she doesn’t feel anything for them or even particularly like them.

But when she finds the body of a woman washed up on the shore, she realizes that someone is targeting the innocents she’s sworn to herself to protect for millennia. And she must overcome her own sense of solitude to solve the mystery before more innocent people are killed.

Selene grew on me as I read further into the book; there’s a lot of character growth for her, but she does fight it tooth and nail and spends a lot of time being angry and stubborn and reckless. Theo Schultz, on the other hand, is likable from the moment he steps onto the page. A young Classicist professor, it’s his ex-girlfriend who is found dead, and he quickly finds himself swept into a mystery that he’s eminently qualified to help solve.

Theo’s charming without being smarmy, intensely intelligent without being arrogant, and is so enthusiastic in his unabashed love both of the people he cares for and the subject of Greek mythology that it’s hard not to like him. For the first half of the book, I found myself rushing through Selene’s chapters so I could get to more of Theo. Thankfully this balances out by about mid-novel, when Selene and Theo really start to complement each other as characters. They each help each other grow and learn, and it was a really nice example of character development.

The mystery at the heart of the novel is intriguing, and I love the depth of immersion into Greek mythology. It’s obvious that Brodsky did a ton of research (even if she chooses to modify things for dramatic purposes), and I really appreciated the academic nerdiness of the story. I’ve read other urban fantasies or paranormal romances that deal with Greek mythology, but this one felt like it stood on more solid background. The mystery itself is excellent; I thought I had everything figured out before the halfway point, but the book pulled the rug out from under my feet and left me shocked.

The Immortals is a solid mystery and a really great addition to the urban fantasy genre. I’m very much looking forward to the next book in the series, Winter of the Gods, which is due out in February 2017.

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