The Immortals (Olympus Bound Series #1)

The Immortals (Olympus Bound Series #1)

by Jordanna Max Brodsky


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The Immortals 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Think of it as a more adult version of Perry Jackson. It's interesting to think that the gods could have been real, and what happened to them as they were forgotten. Interested in seeing where the story goes from here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brings the myths and history alive
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had some very good moments, but it was too detailed when it came to the old rituals, and the mythological sources.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. A nice page turner that revisits Greek myths I haven't thought of since my childhood. Check it out
mdemanatee More than 1 year ago
Selene has spent her life protecting women. That she’s the former goddess Artemis just means her life’s mission has been a little longer than most. Still, roaming the streets of a modern New York City, her powers are weak; most people don’t believe in the ancient gods anymore after all. Then Selene happens on a woman who’s been murdered and mutilated. She seeks to root out the murderer. Her investigation leads her to a classics professor at Columbia, who pledges to help avenge his friend. But Selene’s old life may be more intwined in her investigation than she thought. This book was like a mix of the Da Vinci Code, Percy Jackson, and A Discovery of Witches. Some good stuff here, but characters, mystery, and romance could be a little flatter than I would have liked. The pacing slows down, especially at the end. By that point the action needed to be even more immediate, because I had lost some of the wind in my sails regarding the murder, which I started out totally enthralled by. Weird picky style complaint, but it was really jarring for me to go from 3rd person to 1st person flashbacks, especially as Selene/Artemis didn’t feel that close, immediate as a reader. There was an evident focus on the murder investigation here, with an attempt to show character through their choices. And sometimes it worked. And sometimes it didn’t. Selene always felt cold and far away, which was fine. But her character shifts never felt rooted. Yes, Artemis is a strong, independent, often cold, woman. There was attempt to begin to add some depth here, but it never felt fully fleshed out. There were so many potential ways to do reveals here to make it exciting, even when revealing gods to each other. But it often felt kind of underwhelming. In the same way, I kept waiting for more Greek parallels or modern twists on the old tales, ways these common tropes could recur and mutate. There were hints of this in how the different gods had manifested themselves in the present, but I was hoping for a more adult spin the way Percy Jackson morphs the tales I guess. But, I guess Percy Jackson has already done that anyway.
Silk-Serif More than 1 year ago
The first thing that really captured my interest with The Immortals was the depth of the research committed to get all the details right in reference to the Greek gods, their world and their cults. Clearly, Brodsky wanted a novel based on mythological fact rather than pure fiction. When I realized that Theo would be an academic and Selene would be a Greek goddess, I became concerned that the novel would become incredibly outlandish or unrealistic, but the narrative never veered from it's Greek mythos roots and the characters never broke away from their core foundations. I was impressed that a romantic fiction novelist took the historical and mythological details seriously. It's usually easier to begin a book of this magnitude with aspirations for a novel with true historical detail than actually committing to the art. Generally, I find the author's interest in academic details begin to fizzle when the romantic aspects of the tale begin to develop. Brodsky stays her course and builds upon a well developed world to create a palatable romance in the midst of so much ancient drama. I loved the fact that in Brodsky's debut novel we see role reversal in genders. Stereotypically we see female humans who fall into the realm of gods, teaming up with an attractive male God, whom the main character inevitably fall in love with. Normally this main character realizes their own super powers or learns of a secret lineage..however, Brodsky turns this routine plot on its head with a female goddess who meets a male human who's just that - an every day human. I loved that the gender roles were reversed! My only complaint was the obvious love triangle between Selene, Theo and Selene's ancient mythological lover. I despise love triangles and didn't particularly enjoy this one. Unfortunately, I can never see a true need for a love triangle in a novel and it only forces me to dislike both the main character and the love interests. I'm kind of a jerk that way. Regardless, I found The Immortals to be a unique novel with some serious intellectual details to keep me satisfied throughout the treacherous love triangle. Although the idea of Gods living among modern day humans has been done to death the novel itself was engrossing, well plotted and well researched which more than made up for some of the novel's predictability. I could have definitely done without the love triangle ad the ending was disappointing, but overall the novel was a fantastic start to what promises to be a fantastic series. A story of the ill fated lovers, mystery cults and aging Greek gods who live among us in modern day New York? Definitely worth the read! I am unable to write a review to quite capture my feelings on this novel, but I can say that it was a satisfying read that was difficult to put down. Brodsky is a talented writer.. This book will appeal to readers who enjoy novels about the Greek pantheon, romance, action, murder mystery and strong female protagonists. This book would be extremely satisfying for the historical reader looking for a little history mixed with modern day romance and intrigue. I would not suggest this novel to people who do not enjoy love triangles or struggle with academic details in their mystery novels.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 3 out of 5 Unicorns - I liked it!!! ***Received a copy of the ebook for an honest review The cover is beautiful and sort of haunting at the same time. This is the first book in the series and the first book by the author. It is based on Greek mythology which is what drew me to the book :) I liked this book, and I think the series will get better. This book for me had a lot of slow parts, but this happens when I am reading a new series when it is building a new world. I will definitely watch for the next book and keep an eye on this new author. Selene is interesting because you have a unique perspective on getting to know Artemis in this book and other Greek gods who live modern times. Theo is a college professor and definitely interesting and tends to get himself into trouble. This is like a murder mystery Greek style. It will be interesting to see where this series goes next. I recommend this book to mythology lovers who love a murder mystery.
mblum More than 1 year ago
This book brought me through a whole range of emotions, while brilliantly weaving myth together with history, romance, crime fighting, mystery and overall badassness. I would recommend this book to anyone, even those without any background in classical mythology. I barely knew who Artemis was when I opened this book - a great story is a great story!
Charmed-Reflections More than 1 year ago
Fantastically Compelling! This is one debut you don’t want to miss! Jordanna Max Brodsky has written a contemporary thriller in stunning style that will keep readers riveted to their seats from start to incredible finish. Her characters are well-written, her descriptions are vivid, and the plot is both well-researched and fantastically compelling. I, for one, cannot wait for the next book in the Olympus Bound trilogy.
KarenfromDothan More than 1 year ago
New Yorkers don’t know it, but they’re sharing their home with some very old individuals. They once wielded great power and were worshiped by mankind. They were the Greek gods. Over time as mankind turned to monotheism and they were largely forgotten, their powers began to fade, but someone has uncovered an ancient ritual that will restore them to their former glory. Can Selene DiSilva aka Artemis and Theodore Schultz, a Columbia Classicist Professor, stop them in time? To find out, read Jordanna Max Brodsky’s, The Immortals. In her debut novel, the first in the Olympus Bound series, the author has penned a fantasy adventure that will lead the reader to some long forgotten parts of New York City. Part mystery, part romance this book will appeal to anyone who enjoys an absorbing, fast paced story. Handy appendices and glossary at the back of the book for anyone unfamiliar with mythology or needing a refresher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read that draws you in.