Well, if you loved the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, I would be shocked if you didn’t absolutely love The Immortals. Percy was for our past, Selene is for our present.
Right from the beginning, Brodsky gives us a female character that we can root for. From her struggle to help protect the innocent, even though she’s barely stronger than a mortal, to the disheartened contemplation of the wrinkles she sees forming on her face, Selene feels immediately real.
Her ancient past is seamlessly woven in, and the mythology is easily explained for those reading who may not have any background familiarity with Greek myths. We’re introduced to the modern incarnations of some of the best – and worst – Greek gods, and in such a way that you have to give a nod to Brodsky for following the simple creed of Names Have Power. It was interesting to explore how that would play out with gods, whose power depended upon the strength of their worship.
The story itself is nothing unique. Dogooder seeks vengeance for the death of an innocent they are somehow tied to. The police (NYPD in this case) are inept. There’s a male / female partnership, so on and so forth. It’s to be expected. If you read for uniqueness anymore, you’d be perpetually dissatisfied with every book you laid eyes upon. The writing, however, is excellent. This was a book that I truly did not want to put down. Brodsky gave me a world that I can’t wait to be immersed in again. (So yes, I already can’t wait to get my hands on Olympus Bound #2.) The ending was completely unexpected. Selene proved herself immeasurably strong on a non-godlike level.
This was an enjoyable read that enabled you to shut off your brain and just enjoy the story. That’s the best kind.