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Winter of the Gods

(Olympus Bound #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,704 ratings  ·  199 reviews
Myth and reality collide in this sequel to The Immortals that sets Greek Gods against a modern Manhattan backdrop.

Manhattan has many secrets. Some are older than the city itself.

Winter in New York: snow falls, lights twinkle, and a very disgruntled Selene DiSilva prowls the streets looking for prey.

But when a dead body is discovered sprawled atop Wall Street's iconic Charg
Hardcover, 452 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by Orbit
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
As The Immortals was one of my top reads from last year, I couldn’t wait to dive into its sequel, Winter of the Gods. And while I didn’t feel this sequel was as good as its predecessor, I wasn’t disappointed either—returning to Jordanna Max Brodsky’s extraordinary vision of New York City, where Greek gods walk the earth in human guises, was once again a pleasure to experience.

Our story opens several months after the end of the first book. With the weather getting colder and Christmas fast approa
Book Club Mom
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Columbia professor and mythology expert Theodore Schultz is enjoying a quieter life since his recent run-in with a violent religious cult. As a consultant to the NYPD, Theo had nearly died last summer and now he’s recuperating nicely. And helping him is Selene DiSilva, the striking and powerful beauty he met during the investigation.

Selene is mythology’s present-day Artemis. She’s the daughter of Zeus, protector of the innocent and goddess of the hunt, virginity, archery, animals and the moon. W
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
winter of the gods is the follow up to the immortals.

more Gods, more romance, more action and suspense.

yet the novel isn't overly crowded with the more, more, more. Brodsky paced her second entry with a deft touch balancing out the info dumps with the plotting. she writes with skill and knowledge about ancient deities and of course the pantheon would have dysfunction.

overall I really enjoyed this book and felt the writing and characters were all strong and believable
a special thank you to ne
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Oh, a good follow up to the first! A tiny bit too action-packed for my taste, but lots of fun.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Review from Tenacious Reader:

3.5/5 stars

Winter of the Gods is another enjoyable installment. It starts with somewhat familiar ground as it kicks off with a murder mystery. Of course, every murder and story behind it is different, so this is not a bad thing. And this time, it appears that the Gods themselves are the targets. Ohhh… fun. Someone out there is trying to take out the gods. Like the first book, I found the mix of mythology and urban fantasy to b
Originally reviewed for & posted at Vampire Book Club

Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will make references to previous books.

Three months have passed since Selene and Theo defeated the Classicists cult, and New York is in full Christmas mode (much to Selene’s disgust). Things have been relatively quiet for the new couple: Theo is now running the Classics department (basically singl
Fantasy Literature
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jordanna Max Brodsky’s Winter of the Gods (2017) is the second installment in her OLYMPUS BOUND trilogy and a direct follow-up to 2016’s The Immortals, continuing to follow Selene DiSilva (formerly known as the Greek goddess Artemis, whose epithets include The Huntress and Mistress of Animals) and her mortal boyfriend, Theodore Schultz. Though Selene and Theo were able to determine the cause of the strange murders in The Immortals — and stopped the cult behind it all — a new threat has arisen, o ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Another body is found with a cult ritual and it’s up to Selene and Theo to figure out what is going on.

Opening Sentence: The Salvation Army Santa Claus narrowly escaped having his bell ripped from his hands and shoved down his throat.

The Review:

Selene and Theo have been dating and things are going great until Theo is called down to assist with another murder. Once there he brings Selene and she realizes during the autopsy report that it’s not a
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The nitty-gritty: Another fantastic entry into The Immortals series, with more Greek gods, more action, more romance and much more danger. Sign me up for Book #3!

I had so much fun last year with The Immortals , the first of the Olympus Bound series, and I was hoping for more of the same. I wasn’t disappointed. Brodsky gives us a very strong sequel that builds on the world-building of the first book and introduces a new threat to our present-day Greek gods and goddesses. Even better, s
Interesting premise using the Greeks gods and goddesses in modern guise in this fantasy-serial murder mystery but disappointing . I figured out early on the "baddies" would have something to do with a certain sect when the author began to use the Latin and Greek terms. I did like the tie-ins of astronomy and myths. But even for a fantasy the story got too outlandish. With so many pop culture references, I figure it will become dated quickly. ...more
I enjoyed the world built in The Immortals and thought a second trip there would be enjoyable. The single star above probably tells you the truth of it.
Far, far too much of this book is devoted to Selene and Theo's physically abusive (her to him) and emotionally manipulative (him to her) relationship. Theo's insistence that Selene have sex with him - she is the goddess of virgins and has, for thousands of years, repped that - is creepy. Perhaps Bronsky meant this to be romantic, the ultimate sac
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I expect New Yorkers would blaze through this book, I can't stop looking up locations and statues!

Selene and Theo return to battle man and his insatiable desires. Fun plot and likeable characters.
Blodeuedd Finland
So I just read the blurb, aha, so it is a trilogy. I so wondered about that when finishing this book. It had a feeling of being the final book, but at the same time, it was so obviously not over. And I worried that it was indeed the end because more should have been told, and will be told ;) So yay for that.

In this one, Selene finds out that someone is hunting gods to kill them. Why is this? Who is doing it? So many questions, but at least she has Theo by her side. I like their relationship, the
I really enjoyed this book but it wasn't as good as the first one. My favorite character was Philippe. I felt like he floated in from a better funnier book and I wanted him to take me with him when he left the scenes. ...more
Actual Rating: 4.5 out of 5

A short review, since I've been pressed for time lately... But WINTER OF THE GODS is an outstanding sequel to last year's THE IMMORTALS. A new murder mystery, with higher and more personal stakes for Selene (a.k.a. Artemis) and the other modern-day incarnations of her Greek god and goddess brethren. It maintains the unique balance of action, suspense, and academic intelligence that Brodsky established in THE IMMORTALS; and with the added gravity of a new cult murdering
It was a pretty good story. For die-hard fans of Mythology who know the million different names of the gods and goddesses that are in the myths of old, you will love this book. I really thought that there would only be one name per god/goddess, so it was a little difficult to tie together the various names and their meanings. I appreciated the storyline, the pacing was pretty good, not as fast as I would have liked. I loved Theo's character so very much.

I can't get into why I am soooooo annoyed
Jamie Canaves
Selene DiSilva is a goddess, living with a mortal man, in N.Y. when they’re asked to help with a murder investigation. But this isn’t what anyone at first suspects and soon DiSilva realizes that someone is hunting the gods… Let’s count all the things that make this book awesome: 1. Greek gods secretly living amongst mortals. 2. A kick-ass (literally and figuratively) goddess who is also hilarious. 3. A mystery. 4. Awesome fight scenes. 5. A modern, unique take on Greek mythology. 6. A human and ...more
Review posted at Fantasy Literature.
Vinay Badri
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
This turned out to be a rather weird read for me - It was rather disturbing and annoying even if the core mystery and the concept and conceit of Gods turned out to be rather engrossing

This last year has seen a fair amount of coverage on abuse - and in all cases, its been men on women. In this case, there's the role reversal as Theo gets the brunt of abuse, both physical and verbal, from Selene. Even making allowance for who she is, it was very weird reading the book. In a way almost as disgustin
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Premise- (3.5/5) I was definitely excited to be able to pick this up so quickly after finishing The Immortals, and looking forward to find out what came next for Selene. And Theo. But mostly Selene.

Characters- (3.5/5) It felt like there were a lot more characters in this book, many of whom showed up in The Immortals, but only had a minor role, both gods and mortals. Bringing in Theo's friends Gabi and Ruth made a lot of sense, though I didn't actually like Ruth that much. As for the gods, Paul,
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Selene (otherwise known as Artemis) and Theo are back, and facing some struggles. Their relationship is rocky, and someone has been killing Gods and taking their magical artifacts, but without a clear reason why. Will their relationship survive the coming shock? More importantly, will they and all the humans around them?

Winter of the Gods is book 2 in the Olympus Bound series, and it picks up not terribly long after the events in book 1. As in the first book, the author has done an excellent job
Bonnie Wilson
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This, like Book 1 in this series, is a candy bar book. It's fun to read, and once read, totally forgettable. I picked it up thinking, "did I read this before? or was that a different book?" A few pages in I realized that no, I had not read this book but yes, I'd read the first in the series - though I could not remember a thing about the plot or characters.

Fortunately, not recalling anything from the first book is not a problem. The author gives enough information that it does not matter. The s
Luke Sandberg
Not for me personally

This book was great except for were it wasn't for me personally. I love reading I love the adventure and also seeing a world that the amazing Mind and soul and spirit of the author creates. I like 75% of this book it was just the treating of Christianity like a myth that I couldn't handle. It was just to much for me Personally. So even though I think the writing was okay, slow moving at times. But well thought out etc. I just couldn't get past. I'm only writing this review
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Winter of the Gods" is a follow-up to a spectacular debut, "The Immortals", and as a series it's some of the best urban fantasy I have ever read. Brodsky brings a host of ancient Greek gods and goddesses to New York City, deprives them of most, if not all, of their powers, and weaves a complex intrigue: a dead body is discovered atop Wall Street's Charging Bull statue, but unlike last time, it isn't just the work of another homicidal cult - this time someone's sacrificing the gods themselves.

Anne Monteith
Once again Selene finds herself and other of the Greek pantheon trying to stop a cult from sacrificing humans to bring themselves back to power and rule.  All the characters that survived in the debut are back and once again the author has managed to write an entertaining mystery that kept me up very late so that I could finish this second book. 

4.75/5 STARS:  **This is an honest, unbiased review.  I would like to thank the author and/or/publisher for providing an ARC through Netgalley, all opin
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
While I didn't enjoy this as much as the previous book, Brodsky's take on the Roman/Greek gods living in modern day New York fascinates me, and the relationship and histories between the fading immortals proved to be a compelling backdrop to a cult-induced murder mystery. Unfortunately, Theo's and Selene's romance deteriorated to my chagrin, even beginning to be a bit cringe-inducing with quasi-abusive vibes, which negatively impacted my enjoyment and rating. ...more
Laz the Sailor
Although the first book ended satisfactorily, the evil gods were not done with New York. They've moved on from human sacrifice, and now are hunting down Greek Gods to power their nefarious plans.

As the stakes get higher, there is more angst between Theo and Selene, but they persevere. Once again, many significant locations are used as places for bloody rites.

The book ends on a sour note, as it must to drive the 3rd entry. Which I will read immediately.
Samantha Glass
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Second in this series that combines Greek mythology and modern day. I love books like this that educate while they entertain and hope there are more in the series to come.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent follow up to The Immortals. It was action packed from moment one, as was the first book. Brodsky weaves together an excellent plot, breaking your heart at times and having you cheer at others. The various plot twists were well done. Since I opted to listen to the audio book, my coworkers occasionally heard my exclamations of surprise. Fortunately, they did not see me walking around in tears during one scene.

The ending of the book has me excited to start the third book as s
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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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