Thanks to NetGalley and Orbit for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: 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 Charging Bull statue, it’s clear that the NYPD can’t solve the murder without help. The murder isn’t just the work of another homicidal cult–this time, someone’s sacrificing the gods themselves.
While raising fundamental questions about the very existence of the gods, Selene must hunt down the perpetrators, tracking a conspiracy that will twist the bonds of loyalty and love.
For a quick recap: the Greek gods and goddesses are actually real and many of them reside in Manhattan, including Diana, Goddess of the Hunt, who now goes by the name of Selene DiSilva and protects women from abusive men. Winter Of The Gods picks up three months after The Immortals. While Theo’s and Selene’s lives have been relatively uneventful, it’s not long before they’re drawn into the investigation of a murder on Wall Street. Much to their surprise the victim is no ordinary mortal, but is one of the gods themselves. When I read the premise of this my first thought was “ANOTHER killer cult?” But I really enjoyed the previous book so I knew I had to try this, and I’m so glad! This sequel has all the phenomenal worldbuilding, action, and fascinating characters of The Immortals, and adds even more. Even though there’s another cult involved, Brodsky ups the stakes by having them murdering the Greek gods themselves. No one is safe, and I was sad to see one of my favorites fall victim to this murderous group. While the first book was dense with mythology and history, this one is even more so as Roman mythology is brought into play. It’s obvious that Jordanna Max Brodsky is a meticulous researcher and she successfully adds all the mythology and history into the story without slowing down the pace one iota. Selene’s and Theo’s relationship further develops although it has its ups and downs which is understandable given he’s a mortal and she’s a three-thousand-year-old virgin goddess. Selene isn’t the easiest person to get along with and I loved how Theo is devoted to her, yet isn’t afraid to call her on her shortcomings. More of Selene’s rather dysfunctional family are introduced which provides for some funny, and heartbreaking moments. The new cult is led by a mysterious masked villain, and when their identity was revealed, it caught me by surprise, but it made perfect sense. The ending is a bittersweet cliffhanger which has me eagerly anticipating the next book. The Winter Of The Gods is a perfect book for fans of Greek Mythology, urban fantasy, and books like The Da Vinci Code. Olympus Bound is shaping up to be an exciting series and I really can’t recommend it highly enough!