The Immortals

Orbit: Hachette. (Olympus Bound, Bk. 1). Feb. 2016. 464p. ISBN 9780316347181. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780316385879. FANTASY
Once the Greek goddess of the hunt, Artemis now walks New York's streets as Selene DiSilva. Her powers may be a shadow of what they were when she was worshipped by so many, but they are still enough to help her in her vigilante efforts to protect women. One night, Selene stumbles upon a crime scene that smacks of ritual murder—specifically Greek ritual. She investigates, with the initially unwanted help of classics professor Theo Schulz, the victim's former lover. The more they uncover, the more the former deity realizes that someone is trying to revive the cult of the Eleusinian Mysteries. Selene's probing brings her back in contact with some of her fellow gods and goddesses, and it's fascinating to see how well (or poorly) they have adapted to 21st-century living.
VERDICT Debut novelist Brodsky has obviously researched her Greek mythology thoroughly, yet her prose shows no signs of a writer trying to prove how much she knows. This series launch is a wonderful choice for fans of Greek myths and urban fantasy readers looking for something different.
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