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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, Arlene finds the body of a young woman washed ashore, grusomely 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.
Gods. With the NYPD out of it’s 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.
Being the Greek mythology fan that I am, I’m always on the lookout for exciting new series that incorporate the gods of old into our modern world. I’m pleased to say that this first book in the Olympus Bound series is a solid beginning to what looks like will an exciting new series.
I’m going to get the bad out of the way first. When Selene and Theo are first introduced they’re both arrogant and pretentious which makes it difficult to care about what happens to either one of them. The worldbuilding is awesome though, as is the central mystery of who is sacrificing innocents in a twisted version of the Eleusinian Mysteries, and for what purpose. This is what kept me reading and by the halfway point, I started becoming much more invested in Selene and Theo. They wind up working really well together, and while there’s a developing romance between them but it slowly evolves throughout the course of the story.
There are many secondary characters which are all written well, most notably Theo’s friend Gabriela who adds some much-needed humor in what at times were some grim moments. Which leads me to give anyone who’s interested in reading this a word of warning: there’s a few extremely graphic depictions of the murder victims in this book, particularly the first two. They’re not gratuitous however, and never take over the story. Selene’s family also add humor and excitement into the mix.
With The Immortals, Jordanna Brodsky has breathed new life into the Greek pantheon, and successfully brings them into the 21st century. Seriously guys. I have a really good feeling about this becoming a hugely popular series. If you’re an adult fan of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson, or you love Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden, and Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, I urge you to give this a try. I don’t think you’ll be sorry!