The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky


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It’s been a couple of weeks since my last review.  I was on vacation and having a great time in Memphis!  I didn’t get a lot of reading done during my vacation but I did finish The Immortals while I was on the airplane out.

Selene DiSilva is a Greek goddess living in modern day Manhattan.  She was once known as Artemis, the daughter of Zeus and Leto and the twin sister of Apollo; goddess of the Hunt, protector of young women.

Selene has lived thousands of years and spent most of that time doing what she’s always done, protecting women who need protection.  That job is getting harder now as Selene is becoming weaker.  Those who once worshipped the Greek gods have become fewer, causing Selene and her fellow Immortals to diminish in power.

When Selene discovers the body of a young woman who has been wreathed in laurel, she suspects the murder has ties to the gods.  She vows to find out who this young woman was and why she was murdered.  As Selene works to solve the mystery she has several run-ins with Theo Schultz, a classics professor who is also the ex-boyfriend of the murder victim.  Selene finds herself drawn to Theo in a way that she hasn’t experienced before, but Theo is also a suspect in the murder.  The two of them team up to find the murderer, clashing with the NYPD and other Greek gods along the way.

As the storyline unfolds, Selene and Theo uncover a group of people trying to revive the secret religious rites known as the Eleusinian Mysteries of ancient Greece.  Belief in these ancient rites may be a catalyst for the Immortals’ to regain their powers but unfortunately, it also involves human sacrifice.

This book was a nice introduction to a new series.  Unlike a lot of the readers, I have not read the Percy Jackson series yet, so I am looking at the premise of modern day Greek gods through fresh eyes and I like it.  I did have a bit of a hard time liking Selene’s character at first but she gradually grows on you.  I liked geeky Theo a lot!  He was charming, smart and funny, adding some much-needed humor to offset Selene’s serious persona.

I want to thank the publisher (Orbit Books) for providing me with the ARC through Netgalley for an honest review.

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