The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky – Review

Cover- The Immortals

Published: February 16, 2016

Publisher: Orbit

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mythology

Pages: 447 (Hardcover)

My Rating: 3.5/5.0

Synopsis:

MANHATTAN HAS MANY SECRETS.
SOME ARE OLDER THAN THE CITY ITSELF.

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, 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.

Gods.
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.


The Immortals is another book that I would have liked to read upon its release, and months later I am just now getting around to it and only then because I have it on audio. A good fantasy steeped in mythology is always fun and this was no different.

Selene DiSilva (aka Artemis) is currently dwelling in New York City where she serves as a vigilante private investigator/enforcer for any women that come to her begging aid. In the aftermath of a domestic incident, Selene misses the call of a woman in distress and only finds out about the ritualistic murder hours after it occurred. The victim was a woman from the history department at New York University, and Selene’s investigation brings her into contact with Theo, one of the professors at NYU. As the investigation progresses, it becomes clear that the murders are an attempt at reviving the Eleusinian mystery cult. With the Greek pantheon in serious decline and a key piece of security footage, it becomes clear that an immortal is involved, though which one is it?

This was an entertaining read, though I’m unlikely to continue on with the series just because I thought it worked well by itself. The characters were pretty well written, though clearly Theo wasn’t memorable enough because I had to go look up his name. Selene played cool, but she was pretty much a rage machine on the inside plus she was tightly wound- She probably should have had a sip of Dionysus’s special brew. I’m writing this review a few weeks after finishing the book, so any strong opinions have faded with the time.

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