I have to say, I’m really digging this series.Â Winter of the Gods is an excellent follow-up toÂ The Immortals (reviewed here), the dark middle chapter of Jordanna Max Brodsky’s Olympus Bound trilogy. Brodsky takes the world she built inÂ The Immortals and expands it beyond just the reach of the Olympian gods. Add in a healthy (unhealthy?) dose of relationship drama and another murderous cult, and you have one hell of an entertaining read.
Winter of the Gods begins with another ritualistic murder, and Selene and Theo find themselves called in to investigate, since it bears a lot of similarities to the cult murders they solved in the previous novel. This murder, though, is different; someone is targeting the Athanatoi, the Greek gods in their self-imposed exile. Selene and Theo have to find out who’s behind the murders before they wipe out all of Selene’s fellow gods.
It’s hard to talk about the plot without spoilers, and gasping in surprise was half the fun for me, so I’ll just say that the plot is well constructed, and the mystery unfolds in a very satisfying way. I did find it very interesting that Selene basically loathes Christianity. It makes sense that a goddess would hate the religion that supplanted her own worship, but most of the books I’ve read that set non-Christian mythology in modern day tend to gloss over Christianity’s existence. It was an interesting choice to go straight for it in this book, and I applaud the author for doing it.
Theo and Selene’s romance is still blooming in this book, and… hm. I’m both rooting for them to be happy together and feeling like they’d both be happier if they’d never met. Selene is a hard person to love. She’s bristly and angry and harsh, though she does uncover a softer side of herself in this book. Theo’s cheerful and exuberant, and it feels like a very odd match. But at the same time, I ended up swearing at them both at one point in the novel for not communicating like they should.
The ending left me shaking my fist at my Kindle, but in a very good way. It’s not a cliffhanger, per se, but I really, really want book three to come out like right now.
Content warning:Â View Spoiler »Cruelty to animals: a dog gets punched, and one dog dies in a fight. Mention of sexual assault, mostly in the context of Greek myths. If you’ve read about Zeus and Leda, this echoes that sort of story. « Hide Spoiler