MANHATTAN HAS MANY SECRETS.
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 ashore, gruesomely mutilated and wreathed in laurel. Her ancient rage returns. And so does the memory of a promise she made long ago. To protect the innocent-and to punish those who stand in her way.
With the NYPD out of its depth, Selene vows to hunt the killer on her own. But when classics professor Theo Schultz decodes the ancient myth behind the crime, the solitary Huntress finds herself working with a man who’s her opposite in every way. Together, they face a long-forgotten cult that lies behind a string of murders, and they’ll need help from the one source Selene distrusts most of all: the city’s other Immortals. – Goodreads Synopsis
The Immortals Review
Well, if you loved the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, I would be shocked if you didn’t absolutely love The Immortals. Percy was for our past, Selene is for our present.
Right from the beginning, Brodsky gives us a female character that we can root for. From her struggle to help protect the innocent, even though she’s barely stronger than a mortal, to the disheartened contemplation of the wrinkles she sees forming on her face, Selene feels immediately real.
Her ancient past is seamlessly woven in, and the mythology is easily explained for those reading who may not have any background familiarity with Greek myths. We’re introduced to the modern incarnations of some of the best – and worst – Greek gods, and in such a way that you have to give a nod to Brodsky for following the simple creed of Names Have Power. It was interesting to explore how that would play out with gods, whose power depended upon the strength of their worship.
The story itself is nothing unique. Dogooder seeks vengeance for the death of an innocent they are somehow tied to. The police (NYPD in this case) are inept. There’s a male / female partnership, so on and so forth. It’s to be expected. If you read for uniqueness anymore, you’d be perpetually dissatisfied with every book you laid eyes upon. The writing, however, is excellent. This was a book that I truly did not want to put down. Brodsky gave me a world that I can’t wait to be immersed in again. (So yes, I already can’t wait to get my hands on Olympus Bound #2.) The ending was completely unexpected. Selene proved herself immeasurably strong on a non-godlike level.
This was an enjoyable read that enabled you to shut off your brain and just enjoy the story. That’s the best kind.