MANHATTAN HAS MANY SECRETS.
SOME ARE OLDER THAN THE CITY ITSELF.
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 stands 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.
The stories of the Greeks and their pantheon of Gods have always been some of my favorites, no matter if the version is the down and dirty one or the PG Disney version, I’ve always enjoyed immersing myself in that world and slipping down into the rabbit hole for a few hours. So, when I came across The Immortals, Jordanna Max Brodsky’s debut novel, I knew I wanted to give it a go. I mean why wouldn’t I? We have Greek Gods living amongst us, a mysterious cult leaving dead bodies in it’s wake and a mortal classics professor who finds himself smack dab in the middle of it all and to me that sounds like a pretty damn good ride and at the end of it all it was. There were moments where I felt the pacing drag just a bit, but overall The Immortals was a well written urban fantasy/suspense story that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next.
One of my favorite aspects was how plausible everything felt, from how the Gods and Goddess of Olympus had dealt with losing power and having to live out their immortal lives in the mortal world. I really liked how each still held on to their various personality quirks while living in our modern times. Some were faring well, others not so much. There was one couple that surprised me, but for the most part what their status and ‘jobs’ they held in the ancient world translated to the modern day. I found the mystery of the cult and what their end goal was to be a filled with well thought out twists and turns that kept me on my toes and surprised me with how it all played out in the end.
I really liked Theo and wouldn’t have minded having him as a professor when I was in college. He is passionate about his subject and I really liked how he engaged his students. This passion fueled his determination to figure out what was going on with the cult and stopping their murderous plans, but it also ended up getting him into a bit of a tight spot. It took me a little while to fully connect with Selene. Her standoffish nature came through loud and clear, but I loved her perspective of the world around her, I mean how couldn’t I when it’s coming from a goddess who has seen centuries come and go. But as the book progresses Selene’s perspectives change and she becomes much more approachable.
The writing was well done and engaging, though there were some spots in the beginning where the pacing slowed, but it didn’t deter me in any way. This is a first in a trilogy, but there are no major cliffhangers at the books end. The mystery of the cult is resolved in full and while there are a couple of things that are left open, they only served to make me want to see if they get addressed in the next book.
The Bottom Line: The Immortals is a well written and thought out debut and I look forward to see what the next in the series will have to offer.
~ ARC provided by Orbit Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Jordanna Max Brodsky hails from Virginia, where she made it through a science and technology high school by pretending it was a theater conservatory. She holds a degree in History and Literature from Harvard University. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, where she is working on the second book in the Olympus Bound trilogy. She often sees goddesses in Central Park and wishes she were one.