Book Review: The Immortals

I’m consistently on the hunt for books that feature man, if not all, of the old Greek gods, and how they’d be interpreted into modern life. I’ve had my eye on The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky for a long time and finally managed to read it. By this time, I’d actually forgotten what the blurb was about so I dived in “blind.” And I was very grateful for that, because the book was full of well-paced excitement and refreshing take on urban fantasy’s favourite deities, the Olympians. A fantastic read for anyone who loves mythology and has wondered how the ancient gods would respond to our modern world. Minor spoiler: Not well.

 

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.    

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—when her name was Artemis.

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I love all things relating to the Greek myths, and it was a joy to see such an interesting take on them and how they would adapt to modern life. Which is to say, with very mixed results. I liked how true the gods stayed to their natures and how Brodsky clearly did her research to respect ancient traditions. The story was compelling and surprising, especially since I thought I had it figured out a couple times.

Selene is a great, strong character who I enjoyed reading as she struggled with her past and her present. The tale of Artemis and Orion is one of my favourites so I was very glad to see that included as well in a major way. Theo is absolutely adorable. Smart, charming, and carrying a surprise to his own story. I also couldn’t get enough of Dennis and Dash, I gotta say.

At times the story was slow and it seemed a little dragged out, and I thought the ending would be more climactic, but those are observations, not complaints. I really truly enjoyed this book since it’s been the most enjoyable mystery I’ve read in a while, and I can’t wait for it to continue.

Amy

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