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 ash ...more
In this remarkable debut fantasy novel by Jordanna Max Brodsky, Greek gods walk the earth. They’ve actually been with us since time immemorial, but with the arrival of science, technology and new forms of faith, their powers have faded throughout the ages so that the ones who still living among us are practically human, barely hanging onto their immortality. As the goddess of the hunt and protector of women and girls, Arte ...more
The Immortals answers the age old question what would happen when the gods of our history are no longer worshipped. Well for our Greek God Artemis (now going by Selene) it means becoming a sexually frustrated private investigator in New York City. Artemis while going for a nightly walk in the park with her trusty dog Hippo and the usual scowl plastered on her face stumbles upon the dead body of a young woman. It quickly becomes clear that this type of murder is the act of a ancient gree ...more
I'll be honest: I'd had zero intention of reading this book. In fact, I'm fairly certain I even rolled my eyes when I first read the synopsis. Greek gods are real and running around New York City and must suddenly "embrace their former roles" -- to solve ...more
I might have given it 2.5 stars and rounded up to 3, but finishing it just felt like such a chore. Other people might enjoy it and I definitely could have enjoyed it more if some things had been done differently, or even in a different order. ...more
The concept is nothing new in that we have Greek gods living in a modern world, their powers almost gone since they are no longer worshipped, but in this book, Artemis/ Selene, the Goddess of Wilderness is the main protagonist who must find and stop the Mystery Cult who are killing innocent women in line with long forgotten Eleusinian Mysteries that brings immortality to a god being worshipped. On her side is Theo, brilliant professor of Greek and Roman myths to he ...more
The mutilated body of a young woman is found by Selene DiSilva who is none other than Artemis, Greek goddess of the Hunt and Protector of the Innocent. Well, after several thousand years and especially the loss of believers, she has lost most of her powers and retains her immortality by a thin thread. The idea that gods are roaming around us, having to live l ...more
I was extremely excited to pick this up because it isn’t often I find a greek mythology retelling with such promise. but this, too, left me wanting more.
first, I do want to say that the history in this is phenomenal. if you are not invested in greek myths, culture, society, etc this would be a major turn off because our classist character does not shy away from educating the reader. but since this is my intended area of study, I loved it.
aside from that, wasn ...more
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.
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 ...more
On one hand, the book is at times, very predictable. There is little tension in the final good guys vs bad guys fight.
On the other hand, it is a fun read, and Brodsky makes excellent use of history of ancient Greece and NYC. She uses Artemis which is nice as she is usually pushed to the side for more "beautiful" goddesses.
I do wish there had been less women who must be saved and mo ...more
The nitty-gritty: A fun and furious romp with the gods through Manhattan, an intricately plotted murder mystery, and a delightful and refreshingly chaste
I was so excited when I was approved for this book, because I’ve been eyeing it for months. The cover alone was enough to make me giddy, but even better was the fact that it’s urban fantasy with Greek gods and goddesses in New York City! I have to admit I’m not terribly well versed in Greek mythology. I mean, I know the basics, but I actually h...more
This was engaging and fun! Like what better main character to have in a murder mystery than the Greek goddess Artemis herself, currently goes by the name of Selene, who spends her days and nights as a vigilante hunting abusive men? That part of the book is definitely the one that interested me the most. Yet there's also Theo who, despite being the source of much of the interes ...more
For somebody who loves stories with gods and goddesses, THE IMMORTALS description put it right up my alley! While a bit darker than I imagined from the original description I read of the book, THE IMMORTALS is an ambitious debut that manages to pull the Greek gods and goddesses into our modern age in a very unique way.
While I would definitely characterize THE IMMORTALS as urban fantasy, I would also say this one leans strongly toward the mystery genre. ...more
The premise is that Greek gods now live in modern times, side by side with humanity, but that their immortality is slowly fading. Artemis is one such goddess, now investigating a serial killer who's crime scenes look like a Grecian sacrifice. Together with Professor T ...more
How did it go so wrong?
Melodrama aside (it’s mythology, it’s encouraged!), this wasn’t bad per se. It just wasn’t engaging. The main character, Selene, is the latest alias of Artemis, Greek goddess of the hunt, avenger of crimes agai ...more
The audio version was professional quality.
Greek mythology meets NYC murder mystery in The Immortals, the first book in Jordanna Max Brodsky's Olympus Bound series. Selene DiSilva, who was once the goddess Artemis, works and lives in Manhattan as a private investigator in crimes against women. One night, she finds the body of a young woman, grossly mutilated and crowned with laurel - all indicators of an ancient cult ritual. Enraged, Selene vows to bring the killer to justice and finds an unlikely associate in ...more