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The Immortals

(Olympus Bound #1)

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MANHATTAN. Selene finds the body of a young woman on the banks of the Hudson river, mutilated and wearing a wreath of laurel. She feels a rage not felt in a lifetime, and an obligation: the promise that she made long ago. To protect those who are innocent -who cannot protect themselves. MURDERS. With the NYPD out of their depth, Selene must hunt the killer on her own. But ...more
Paperback, 436 pages
Published February 18th 2016 by Orbit (first published February 16th 2016)
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.)
Robyn
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Satisfying mash up of Roman/Greek myth, murder mystery, and urban fantasy.
Jenny Kim
* 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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Naomi
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Shelves: 2016, 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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Dark Faerie Tales
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 f
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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  ·  review of another edition

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
Nov 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read in a very long time five stars all the way
Robert Case
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Fangs for the Fantasy
Selene wanders through the streets of New York city, helping women who have been preyed upon by men; she protects the innocent. Unfortunately, Selene's power is waning and though it scares her, she also knows that it might be inevitable. Shortly after hearing a summons from a true believer, things begin to change and Selene finds herself embroiled in a mission to find a man who murders women in order to complete and ancient ritual. With Theo, a classics professor by her side, she faces a choice ...more
Stephanie  G
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

Selene DiSiliva, once the goddess Artemis, is slowly fading, as is the rest of the Olympian pantheon. Selene spends her nights protecting women. She soon finds a mutilated body washed up and vows to punish whoever is responsible. She meets Theo Schultz, a professor whose study revolves around Greek mythology. Theo is also the ex-boyfriend of the woman Selene found washed up. Upon a chance meeting between the two, Theo swears to find those responsible for the death of his ex-girlfriend.
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Nima
Kicsit csalódtam azt utóbbi időben olvasott (vagyis inkább csak elkezdett) urban fantasykban, ez viszont teljesen levett a lábamról, köszönhető ez a fordulatos történetnek, és az okos, fejlődőképes karaktereknek, a háttérvilágnak, a stílusnak, nameg annak, hogy végre egy UF, ami minden UF klisét nélkülöz. Valószínű ez csak annak köszönhető, hogy a görög mítoszokat emelte be Manhattan utcáira, és egy ilyen alap más megközelítést kíván, mint egy vámpíros uf.
Emlegetik a könyvvel párhuzamban Riordan
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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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Blodeuedd Finland
This one was very cool, but then Greek Gods where my first love. I was a really weird kid who fell asleep to audiobooks about Greek myths. Nothing makes you sleep as a kid as the story of Helios son who flew to close to earth. Aww, the good old days.

Which brings us to this book and Selene. She helps women. Her memories about her past are ever changing and she is fading. Because she is a Goddess and no one believes in her anymore, so therefore the fading away. Which is totally awesome, if I were
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Lyss
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Deb Rawlinson
Feb 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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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“Our definition of ‘myth’ in common parlance: a widely believed, but false story. That’s the definition Anant so helpfully illustrated. But that’s not how the Greeks defined it.” Theo turned to the whiteboard behind him and scrawled “μῦθος: muthos” in large blue letters. “Muthos just means ‘story.’ No connotation of fictitiousness. The Greeks didn’t question whether Persephone had actually been abducted by Hades, or whether Artemis truly turned the hunter Acteon into a stag. On one level, they understood that these stories certainly weren’t meant to be taken literally, but on another level they believed that the stories held ultimate truth. Ways to understand their society, their own behavior, their relationship and duties to the gods. That’s something that fundamentalists in our own day have trouble grasping.” 1 likes
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