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The Immortals

(Olympus Bound #1)

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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  4,351 ratings  ·  661 reviews
MANHATTAN HAS MANY SECRETS.
SOME ARE OLDER THAN THE CITY ITSELF.


Manhattan.
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.

Murders.
In the predawn calm, Selene finds the body of a young woman washed ash
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Hardcover, 447 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Orbit
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Mark It is definitely for adults, who can deal with some very graphics moments. The moments between them makes for very entertaining reading, especially if…moreIt is definitely for adults, who can deal with some very graphics moments. The moments between them makes for very entertaining reading, especially if you have a interest in mythology.(less)
Mark It is not a YA novel. Its a interesting blend of Fantasy, Greek Mythology, and a serial killer thriller. There are very graphic moments against women …moreIt is not a YA novel. Its a interesting blend of Fantasy, Greek Mythology, and a serial killer thriller. There are very graphic moments against women that I would not recommend to those who are upset by such things, no matter what age they maybe.(less)

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Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2016/02/18/a...

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
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carol.
Sep 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Greek myth and UF
Like many myth geeks, I loved reading D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths. I followed the trail of magical into fairy tales and down the slide into mythology. Brodsky took the idea of Greek gods and moved them to modern New York City, powered down and living among mortals. Artemis is a far cry from her old self, but she still hunts those who offend her spirit of justice. Instead of a pack of hounds, she has her faithful dog Hippolyta. As Artemis is scaring off a mortal man from his abused girlfriend ...more
Skyler Autumn
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 Stars

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
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Madeleine
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is very very hard for me to write. Had you asked me up to a certain point what I would have rated this book, I probably would have said somewhere in the solid 4-4.5* range. But then the ending just...I'm sorry, we'll get to that in a moment.

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
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Lata
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Though a fast and suspenseful read, I found myself kind of annoyed by all of the main characters. And their whiteness.
The only character I liked was Hippo. That's right, the dog.
Paul
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
an urban fantasy with a mythological basis? yes please sign me up for more. selene (artemis) is a kick ass heroine and Theodore is a brilliant, tough and charming scholar. together they must solve who is committing ritualistic murders in New York.
Naomi
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
The book was interesting, but a little over halfway through I stopped enjoying it. The characters were slow and getting on my nerves. I didn't appreciate the romance plot. Several things happened that didn't make sense to me and others were too convenient.

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.
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Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Because this is an amazing article that talks about a reality that I, personally, face on a regular basis. (Or rather parts of it, not the goddess bit..... Unfortunately.) ...more
Robyn
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Satisfying mash up of Roman/Greek myth, murder mystery, and urban fantasy.
Jenny Kim
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
* Based on a reading of an ARC

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
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Suzanne
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good mystery wrapped in a mythology/urban fantasy setting. Some of the Greek gods and goddesses are living in New York, their powers waning, and then the killings start.
Veronique
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2016, stars-4-0
A murder mystery combined with Greek Mythology sounded just too good to miss, and Brodsky's book is one addictive and entertaining read :0)

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
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˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology
this is a disappointing one, guys.

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
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Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

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.

The Review:

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
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Christine
What happens when an ancient Greek cult starts killing women in New York? Certain gods and goddesses get ticked off.

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
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Bonnie
DNF @ 35%

I'm sorry, I just can't get past the "Artemis shot Alexander Hamilton" because seriously? Why.
Tammy
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it

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

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Sana
'For the Virgin Goddess, mortal men had always fallen into two categories: those to be punished and those to be ignored.'

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
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

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.
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emma (thehapabookworm)
It's rare that I start reading a book that I can't finish, yet Jordanna Max Brodsky's The Immortals was too pretentious and aggravating for me to waste any more time on. I stopped at page 209, which is basically the half way point.
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
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Gary
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read in a very long time five stars all the way
Lauren Stoolfire
That was awesome! If you're a fan of the Percy Jackson series, I have a feeling you'll love this series opener.
Vanessa
About all I can handle is light reading these days, and this little confection about present day Olympian deities has been on my radar for a while now. I wasn’t looking for anything deep, there’s a female ass-kicking protagonist, there’s geeky Greek mythology stuff.

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
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Robert Case
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mythology
Good versus evil on the streets of Manhattan and once again the Gods of Olympus are taking sides. The plot is engaging, the characters interesting, and the author offers some interesting insights into the drawbacks of immortality. If you enjoy reinterpretations of ancient myth, this book is worthwhile.
The audio version was professional quality.
Greg
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Immortals is a debut novel about Greek gods living in the modern day. Selene DaSilva is actually Artemis and now lives in New York City where she spends her time hunting down men who prey on women. When she finds a woman dead by the river, slain in a ritualistic fashion, she suspects that someone is emulating ancient Greek cult practices- but to what purpose? She meets a classics professor who has ties to the slain woman, and together the two of them investigate the murder- and uncover a plo ...more
Sara
Actual Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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
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Lyss
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent debut novel. The concept Brodsky took with the Greek deities was fascinating. I had not thought about the gods' lives in the way she presented it, but now I can see it. I loved Theo's knowledge and fascination with the ancient world. Many times I wanted to comfort him as he dealt with death and the mystery of the murder. The Elusianian Mysteries are something I'm pretty sure were mentioned in my Classics classes in college, but since it was my minor I didn't have all the cl ...more
Stefan Fergus
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review went up today: https://civilianreader.wordpress.com/...
(Full, but kind of short.) Still think it's a fantastic, must-read novel of 2016.
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Deb Rawlinson
Feb 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandon-hope
Not for me. The writing was too stilted, the characters lacked both depth and warmth, apart from the dog who had the most rounded character. Gave up half way though.

Looked like it was well researched though.
John
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I really enjoyed reading this book, but I must admit that some of its charm was personal. The primary setting of the story is a part of New York City (the Upper West Side of Manhattan) where I once lived for nearly a year, and the descriptions are unusually good both for local color and local history. The city--especially that area, along with downtown and midtown--definitely works as a character in the unfolding of a suspenseful narrative, and it felt as if I were right there physically every s ...more
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Jordanna Max Brodsky hails from Virginia. She holds a degree in History and Literature from Harvard University. She lives in Manhattan with her husband.

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Olympus Bound (3 books)
  • Winter of the Gods (Olympus Bound #2)
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