Series: Olympus Bound #1
Published by Orbit on February 16, 2016
Genres: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Kissing, references to sex
Reviewed by: Kate
MANHATTAN HAS MANY SECRETS.
SOME ARE OLDER THAN THE CITY ITSELF.
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. To protect the innocent-and to punish those who stand in her way.
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.
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. From the moment Selene discovers the dead body, she's on a quest to figure out answers. This does not make it any less enjoyable, but it was more than I expected. At times, it almost felt like a cop show - complete with frequent trips to the police station.
Selene is an interesting heroine. I wouldn't say she's your typical urban fantasy heroine, perfect at everything she tries, but she definitely has her brand of powers. Her memories make for amusing tangents and her interactions with the other gods and goddesses show a very interesting picture of what ancient gods might look like in a modern day setting. Theo is a perfect counterpart to Selene - seemingly the bumbling professor who tags along, bringing a unique point of view to the case.
Overall, THE IMMORTALS is a super interesting premise and very satisfying mystery (I didn't even correctly predict the resolution!). This is definitely one for the Greek mythology fans, and those of mysteries.Series Titles:
- The Immortals