What happens when the ancient gods are no longer worshipped the way they once were? They begin to lose their godly powers and take on some mortal characteristics. For instance, Artemis, the Virgin Goddess of the Hunt, now Selena DiSilva investigates the murder of a woman she discovers on the shore of the Hudson River.
The discovery reminds Selena/Artemis of a promise she made a very long time ago to protect the innocent, and the method and brutality of the murder remind her of an ancient cult who must be stopped. Selena finds herself teaming up with a Classics professor, Theo, who knows the ancient Greek and Roman gods and goddesses … perhaps better than she who is a goddess. Selena will need to call on some friends who may have to dig deep to pull up their godly powers to help Selena and Theo.
Who doesn’t like a good novel featuring some of our favorite Greek and Roman gods? Rick Riordan made it cool to put the gods in contemporary stories again, and we’ve seen plenty of the gods making appearances since then. here, author Jordanna Max Brodsky makes it a mystery with a very interesting choice for a protagonist. Artemis is a name that is familiar to many, but other than the fact that she’s often depicted with a bow and arrows, few know too much about her.
Sadly, I found the character of Selena to be dull and uninteresting. Given that she is 90% of the book and the driving force behind the story, this was not a good sign. And rather oddly enough, I liked her most at the beginning of the book when she was simply Selena. It was when the element of the ancient gods was brought in that the book became less interesting.
Overall, the book was just rather … “eh.” As a mystery novel this was just fine, but trying to make it more than that just wasn’t successful for this reader.
Looking for a good book? The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky is a modern day mystery with its roots in ancient Greece and featuring some ancient gods in mortal coil.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.