Selene DiSilva, goddess of the hunt, squares off against a killer who threatens the very existence of the gods themselves in this stunning sequel to Jordanna Max Brodsky's The Immortals, "a lively re-imaging of classical mythology." (Deborah Harkness)
Winter in New York: snow falls, lights twinkle, and a very disgruntled Selene DiSilva prowls the streets, knowing that even if she doesn't look for trouble, it always finds her.
When a dead body is discovered sprawled atop Wall Street's iconic Charging Bull statue, it's up to Selene to hunt down the perpetrators. Her ancient skills make her the only one who can track a conspiracy that threatens the very existence of the gods, including Selene, who was once known as Artemis.
In this stellar sequel to 2016's The Immortals, former Olympian goddess Artemis, now living in New York City as Selene DiSilva, is drawn into another murder investigation. This one involves members of her own family, who are being systematically hunted and sacrificed as part of a mysterious cult's deadly agenda. Selene and her boyfriend, mortal classicist Theo Schultz, have to rally her estranged siblings, including Apollo and Hephaestus, before they all fall prey to a group capable of using the weapons of the gods. Brodsky's approach to urban fantasy is intelligent, versatile, and esoteric; she draws on mythology, religion, and archeoastronomy to construct a believably complex framework for the much-diminished gods and their world, where contradictory stories somehow fit together. New York City stands out as a character in its own right, its landmarks and quirks strengthening the narrative that twists and turns through public and private spaces. This is a satisfying adventure that remains true to the spirit of the original myths while granting them several millennia of weight, consequence, and even regret.
A Must for Urban Fantasy Fans
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier.
The Olympus Bound Series sets reality and mythology on a collision course in modern Manhattan. In a city of many secrets, one of them is the Olympic gods are alive and well in New York City. Selene DiSilva (AKA Artemis in ancient Greece or Dianna in Ancient Rome) hunts in New York to protect the innocent, especially women. She has a boyfriend in Theo, a classics professor at Columbia University. When the NYPD finds the body of her Uncle Hades on Wall Street’s iconic Charging Bull, it’s clear her family is in danger. Someone is sacrificing gods.
With Theo at her side, she must work with her surviving relatives to stop the cult before they reach their final goal.
Long time readers of my reviews will remember that I consider the question “What it…?” to be a writer’s most powerful tool. What if the Olympian gods were real? What if they survived into the present day, but on a lower power setting? Artemis goes by the name Selene and has been in New York for centuries, even doing a stint as a New York City cop. The moon goddess’s brother Paul (Apollo) is currently a rocker. She also has a boyfriend which is putting pressure on the virgin goddess epithet. In the previous book, she took down an old colleague for using human sacrifices to regain his power. Now someone is taking a page out of the same book, this time targeting the gods themselves. She calls on her brother and half-brothers Dash (Hermes), Flint (Hephaestus), and Philippe (Eros) for help, hoping she isn’t leading them all to their doom.
The interplay between the characters is interesting and fun, and the story has many twists and turns as they track down the cult. While I didn’t find it to be a page-turner, it did come close. Fans of Urban Fantasy will find it most enjoyable.