The Immortals (Olympus Bound #1)

by Jordanna Max Brodsky

This one grew on me. All of the somewhat meandering around New York as Selene tries to stop an ancient Greek ritual (Eleusine Mysteries) from culminating in more human sacrifice pays off about 2/3’s of the way through the book. And what a pay off it is. Worth waiting for.

Because at first you think to yourself…wow that’s a lot of background information on esoteric greek mysteries and Classical Theory– but it all comes to bear on the culminating scene. And you also think to yourself, why are we spending so much time with these weird side characters who are interesting but ultimately not really important– but they are important and each one has a role to play in the seamless way Brodsky sews it all together at the end.

Yes, Theo, the Classics professor who unwittingly gets mixed up in the business of the fading Greek Gods who live in New York, does tend to go on some long nerd benders where he over explains quite a lot of ancient Greek Stuff. and there’s lots of ancient Greek thrown around that seemed gratuitous at times.

But you can forgive that. Because Selene, and the way she is reinventing herself, is a direct look at what it means to be feminine and a woman. The tension between Artemis and the constraints that role puts on her, as opposed to being caring and tender and experiencing love, are pretty interestingly explored here.

This is a straight up Urban Fantasy. New York sites (including cool ones like hidden Central Park springs, abandoned subway lines, etc) are an integral part of the story, as well as the way modern man interacts with myth and religion. And Selene is pretty badass, but in a way that both horrifies me at times with her callousness and makes my heart break for her.

I will totally read on to see how Theo negotiates a relationship with a chaste Huntress, and how Selene continues on her role as protector of innocents.