The Immortals

A viral Books The Immortals release MANHATTAN HAS MANY SECRETSME 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 t

A viral Books The Immortals release MANHATTAN HAS MANY SECRETSME 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 ashMANHATTAN HAS MANY SECRETSME 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.Much like Lev Grossman s The Magicians spoke to a generation of adults who grew up with Harry Potter, THE IMMORTALS will enchant anyone who loved American Gods or Percy Jackson.. The best Book The Immortals 5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum this remarkable debut fantasy novel by Jordanna Max Brodsky, Greek gods walk the earth. They’ve actually been with us since time immemorial, but with the arrival of science, technology and new forms of faith, their powers have faded throughout the ages so that the ones who still living among us are practically human, barely hanging onto their immortality. As the goddess of the hunt and protector of women and girls, Artemis still embodies a lot of the values she was known for, though these days she has taken the name of Selene DiSilva and has adopted Manhattan as her home.Walking her dog one morning, Selene stumbles upon the corpse of a young woman washed up on the shores of the river. Horribly mutilated and wreathed in laurel, the victim bears all the signs of a ritualistic murder. Recognizing the significance of this, Selene swears to find justice for the woman, and her investigations ultimately lead her to team up Dr. Theo Schultz, a professor of mythology and classical studies.While this might sound strange, one of main reasons I adored The Immortals is the way it bought me back to some of the wonderful books and authors I’ve enjoyed in the past. Essentially, the author has managed to shape something brand new and unique out of a hodgepodge of familiar themes and ideas, and I was amazed at how well the end result worked for me.For example, like many of my favorite books by Juliet Marillier, we have a powerful feminist icon as a protagonist, one who champions women through her words and actions. Selene reminds me very much of Blackthorn from Dreamer’s Pool in that both characters start off very suspicious of everyone around them, but she gradually comes to accept that there are good, honorable men out there who are deserving of her love and trust. In The Immortals there’s also Theo, a Dan Brown-esque geeky scholar-type hero who uses his esoteric knowledge to solve puzzles and chase a killer across the city, trying to stop the murders before they happen (Angels and Demons, anyone?) Finally, and perhaps inevitably, there are the obvious parallels to Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, what with both books strongly featuring a blend of modern culture and ancient mythology along with the central premise that gods only exist because of belief and veneration. Once that worship wanes, so too will the gods’ strength and immortality.The Immortals mixes these popular tropes freely and generously, but in spite of this, its greatness is diminished not one single bit. In fact, the book feels both familiar and new, and I was able to ease into it effortlessly. It didn’t take much convincing to get me on board with the mystery plot either, which was suspenseful and enticing. Brodsky’s prose feels natural and elegant, infused with a hint of casual humor which made this one a rather light fare even in the face of some darker themes, and as a big fan of Greek mythology, I also enjoyed her fantastic and often very witty portrayals of the gods. In addition, the narrative brings to life a side of Manhattan I’ve never seen before, and in a way the setting becomes a character in its own right. There’s always a place in my heart for stories that teach me new things and/or make me see things from a different angle, and this book definitely fits the bill.I also feel very fortunate that I was able to receive a copy of the audiobook for review. To my surprise, one of the narrators is Jordanna Max Brodsky herself, and she ended up delivering an impressive performance. I’ve not listened to too many author-narrated novels, but I can see them having a certain appeal. Not all authors are able to pull off narrating their own books, but Brodsky is undeniably as talented at voice acting as she is at writing, giving her character Selene the perfect attitude on the page and in audio. Robert Petkoff matched her with an incredible performance of his own while reading the chapters devoted to Theo, infusing his character’s geeky but lovable persona with the necessary charm. I also appreciated the sound effects and other little touches that made this audiobook even more immersive.Bottom line, I loved this novel and I have to say the audio format was also a phenomenal experience all around. I honestly can’t recall the last time I rated both story and performance on an audiobook a full five stars (or if I’ve ever even done so before!) but The Immortals most certainly deserves it!

About Author

  1. Jordanna Max Brodsky hails from Virginia, where she made it through a science and technology high school by pretending it was a theater conservatory She holds a degree in History and Literature from Harvard University She lives in Manhattan with her husband, where she is working on the third book in the Olympus Bound series She often sees goddesses in Central Park and wishes she were one.


The Immortals Comment

  1. 5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2016 02 18 aIn this remarkable debut fantasy novel by Jordanna Max Brodsky, Greek gods walk the earth They ve actually been with us since time immemorial, but with the arrival of science, technology and new forms of faith, their powers have faded throughout the ages so that the ones who still living among us are practically human, barely hanging onto their immortality As the goddess of the hunt and protector of women and girls, Artemis still embodi [...]

  2. Like many myth geeks, I loved reading D Aulaire s Book of Greek Myths I followed the trail of magical into fairy tales and down the slide into mythology Brodsky took the idea of Greek gods and moved them to modern New York City, powered down and living among mortals Artemis is a far cry from her old self, but she still hunts those who offend her spirit of justice Instead of a pack of hounds, she has her faithful dog Hippolyta As Artemis is scaring off a mortal man from his abused girlfriend when [...]

  3. 2 Stars The Immortals answers the age old question what would happen when the gods of our history are no longer worshipped Well for our Greek God Artemis now going by Selene it means becoming a sexually frustrated private investigator in New York City Artemis while going for a nightly walk in the park with her trusty dog Hippo and the usual scowl plastered on her face stumbles upon the dead body of a young woman It quickly becomes clear that this type of murder is the act of a ancient greek ritu [...]

  4. Though a fast and suspenseful read, I found myself kind of annoyed by all of the main characters And their whiteness.The only character I liked was Hippo That s right, the dog.

  5. an urban fantasy with a mythological basis yes please sign me up for selene artemis is a kick ass heroine and Theodore is a brilliant, tough and charming scholar together they must solve who is committing ritualistic murders in New York.

  6. This is very very hard for me to write Had you asked me up to a certain point what I would have rated this book, I probably would have said somewhere in the solid 4 4.5 range But then the ending justI m sorry, we ll get to that in a moment.I ll be honest I d had zero intention of reading this book In fact, I m fairly certain I even rolled my eyes when I first read the synopsis Greek gods are real and running around New York City and must suddenly embrace their former roles to solve a murder, no [...]

  7. Because this is an amazing article that talks about a reality that I, personally, face on a regular basis Or rather parts of it, not the goddess bit Unfortunately.

  8. Based on a reading of an ARC The concept is nothing new in that we have Greek gods living in a modern world, their powers almost gone since they are no longer worshipped, but in this book, Artemis Selene, the Goddess of Wilderness is the main protagonist who must find and stop the Mystery Cult who are killing innocent women in line with long forgotten Eleusinian Mysteries that brings immortality to a god being worshipped On her side is Theo, brilliant professor of Greek and Roman myths to help h [...]

  9. The book was interesting, but a little over halfway through I stopped enjoying it The characters were slow and getting on my nerves I didn t appreciate the romance plot Several things happened that didn t make sense to me and others were too convenient I might have given it 2.5 stars and rounded up to 3, but finishing it just felt like such a chore Other people might enjoy it and I definitely could have enjoyed it if some things had been done differently, or even in a different order I doubt th [...]

  10. This was a good mystery wrapped in a mythology urban fantasy setting Some of the Greek gods and goddesses are living in New York, their powers waning, and then the killings start.

  11. A murder mystery combined with Greek Mythology sounded just too good to miss, and Brodsky s book is one addictive and entertaining read 0 The mutilated body of a young woman is found by Selene DiSilva who is none other than Artemis, Greek goddess of the Hunt and Protector of the Innocent Well, after several thousand years and especially the loss of believers, she has lost most of her powers and retains her immortality by a thin thread The idea that gods are roaming around us, having to live like [...]

  12. Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick Dirty People thought the gods weren t real Opening Sentence Selene DiSilva crouched in a narrow alley between two run down apartment buildings, watching the street.The Review Selene is a PI that helps women, just as she was the protector of women so many years ago when she was Artemis Her power has long since faded as no one worships her any, but she is still immortal After Selene helps a young women get away from an abusive boyfriend she feels a trickle [...]

  13. The nitty gritty A fun and furious romp with the gods through Manhattan, an intricately plotted murder mystery, and a delightful and refreshingly chaste I was so excited when I was approved for this book, because I ve been eyeing it for months The cover alone was enough to make me giddy, but even better was the fact that it s urban fantasy with Greek gods and goddesses in New York City I have to admit I m not terribly well versed in Greek mythology I mean, I know the basics, but I actually haven [...]

  14. Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.For somebody who loves stories with gods and goddesses, THE IMMORTALS description put it right up my alley While a bit darker than I imagined from the original description I read of the book, THE IMMORTALS is an ambitious debut that manages to pull the Greek gods and goddesses into our modern age in a very unique way.While I would definitely characterize THE IMMORTALS as urban fantasy, I would also say this one leans strongly toward the mystery genre F [...]

  15. For the Virgin Goddess, mortal men had always fallen into two categories those to be punished and those to be ignored This was engaging and fun Like what better main character to have in a murder mystery than the Greek goddess Artemis herself, currently goes by the name of Selene, who spends her days and nights as a vigilante hunting abusive men That part of the book is definitely the one that interested me the most Yet there s also Theo who, despite being the source of much of the interesting b [...]

  16. Good versus evil on the streets of Manhattan and once again the Gods of Olympus are taking sides The plot is engaging, the characters interesting, and the author offers some interesting insights into the drawbacks of immortality If you enjoy reinterpretations of ancient myth, this book is worthwhile The audio version was professional quality.

  17. The Immortals is a debut novel about Greek gods living in the modern day Selene DaSilva is actually Artemis and now lives in New York City where she spends her time hunting down men who prey on women When she finds a woman dead by the river, slain in a ritualistic fashion, she suspects that someone is emulating ancient Greek cult practices but to what purpose She meets a classics professor who has ties to the slain woman, and together the two of them investigate the murder and uncover a plot tha [...]

  18. It s rare that I start reading a book that I can t finish, yet Jordanna Max Brodsky s The Immortals was too pretentious and aggravating for me to waste any time on I stopped at page 209, which is basically the half way point The premise is that Greek gods now live in modern times, side by side with humanity, but that their immortality is slowly fading Artemis is one such goddess, now investigating a serial killer who s crime scenes look like a Grecian sacrifice Together with Professor Theo Schu [...]

  19. 3.5 StarsSelene DiSiliva, once the goddess Artemis, is slowly fading, as is the rest of the Olympian pantheon Selene spends her nights protecting women She soon finds a mutilated body washed up and vows to punish whoever is responsible She meets Theo Schultz, a professor whose study revolves around Greek mythology Theo is also the ex boyfriend of the woman Selene found washed up Upon a chance meeting between the two, Theo swears to find those responsible for the death of his ex girlfriend With k [...]

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  21. Actual Rating 4.5 out of 5Greek mythology meets NYC murder mystery in The Immortals, the first book in Jordanna Max Brodsky s Olympus Bound series Selene DiSilva, who was once the goddess Artemis, works and lives in Manhattan as a private investigator in crimes against women One night, she finds the body of a young woman, grossly mutilated and crowned with laurel all indicators of an ancient cult ritual Enraged, Selene vows to bring the killer to justice and finds an unlikely associate in the vi [...]

  22. This one was very cool, but then Greek Gods where my first love I was a really weird kid who fell asleep to audiobooks about Greek myths Nothing makes you sleep as a kid as the story of Helios son who flew to close to earth Aww, the good old days.Which brings us to this book and Selene She helps women Her memories about her past are ever changing and she is fading Because she is a Goddess and no one believes in her any, so therefore the fading away Which is totally awesome, if I were to believe [...]

  23. Not for me The writing was too stilted, the characters lacked both depth and warmth, apart from the dog who had the most rounded character Gave up half way though.Looked like it was well researched though.

  24. Selene wanders through the streets of New York city, helping women who have been preyed upon by men she protects the innocent Unfortunately, Selene s power is waning and though it scares her, she also knows that it might be inevitable Shortly after hearing a summons from a true believer, things begin to change and Selene finds herself embroiled in a mission to find a man who murders women in order to complete and ancient ritual With Theo, a classics professor by her side, she faces a choice she [...]

  25. Lots of fun with this Engaging characters and plot New York crime fighting with Ancient Greeks Plus, you can Google the various settings of you want to see what they look like.

  26. The stories of the Greeks and their pantheon of Gods have always been some of my favorites, no matter if the version is the down and dirty one or the PG Disney version, I ve always enjoyed immersing myself in that world and slipping down into the rabbit hole for a few hours So, when I came across The Immortals, Jordanna Max Brodsky s debut novel, I knew I wanted to give it a go I mean why wouldn t I We have Greek Gods living amongst us, a mysterious cult leaving dead bodies in it s wake and a mo [...]

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