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Winter of the Gods
     

Winter of the Gods

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by Jordanna Max Brodsky
 

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"A lively re-imagining of classical mythology with an engaging premise, a page-turning plot, and an eye for the arresting and uncanny in contemporary urban life."--Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches

Manhattan has many secrets. Some are older than the city itself.

Winter in New York: snow

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"A lively re-imagining of classical mythology with an engaging premise, a page-turning plot, and an eye for the arresting and uncanny in contemporary urban life."--Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches

Manhattan has many secrets. Some are older than the city itself.

Winter in New York: snow falls, lights twinkle, and a very disgruntled Selene DiSilva prowls the streets, knowing that even if she doesn't look for trouble, it always finds her.

When a dead body is discovered sprawled atop Wall Street's iconic Charging Bull statue, it's up to Selene to hunt down the perpetrators. Her ancient skills make her the only one who can track a conspiracy that threatens the very existence of the gods, including Selene-once known as Artemis.

Winter of the Gods is the much-anticipated new novel from the author of The Immortals.

Olympus Bound
The Immortals
Winter of the Gods
Olympus Bound

"The Immortals is a lively re-imagining of classical mythology with an engaging premise, a page-turning plot, and an eye for the arresting and uncanny in contemporary urban life."--Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 11/07/2016
In this stellar sequel to 2016’s The Immortals, former Olympian goddess Artemis, now living in New York City as Selene DiSilva, is drawn into another murder investigation. This one involves members of her own family, who are being systematically hunted and sacrificed as part of a mysterious cult’s deadly agenda. Selene and her boyfriend, mortal classicist Theo Schultz, have to rally her estranged siblings, including Apollo and Hephaestus, before they all fall prey to a group capable of using the weapons of the gods. Brodsky’s approach to urban fantasy is intelligent, versatile, and esoteric; she draws on mythology, religion, and archeoastronomy to construct a believably complex framework for the much-diminished gods and their world, where contradictory stories somehow fit together. New York City stands out as a character in its own right, its landmarks and quirks strengthening the narrative that twists and turns through public and private spaces. This is a satisfying adventure that remains true to the spirit of the original myths while granting them several millennia of weight, consequence, and even regret. Agent: Jennifer Joel, ICM Partners. (Feb.)
Library Journal
12/01/2016
Selene DiSilva, aka the Greek goddess Artemis, has always thought of herself as a loner. But the events of The Immortals caused her to reach out to her Olympian siblings in order to stop a cult that sought to use the death of a god to gain immense authority. She even found a tentative romance with classics professor Theo Schultz, who helped her catch the god's killer. Unfortunately, someone spilled the secret of divine sacrifice, and Selene is furious to discover that she and her fellow deities are once again in the line of fire. Selene is forced to confront conflicted feelings about members of her extended family, as well as her growing affections for Theo. What happens to the goddess of chastity if she falls in love? VERDICT Readers who enjoyed the first book won't be disappointed, as this time around the stakes are much higher.—MM
Kirkus Reviews
2016-11-24
A follow-up to The Immortals (2016) in which ancient Greek gods assume 21st-century identities and band together to fight a threat to their millennia-old existence.The last time we saw Selene DiSilva—or, to call her by her ancient name, Artemis—she and her sidekick, classics professor Theo Schultz, were trying to get to the bottom of who was sacrificing women in a series of murders copycatting ancient Greek rituals in New York City. Now, a scant three months later, there is another murder—this time, a man has been found atop the Charging Bull sculpture in the Financial District, his heart removed and a series of animal corpses encircling him. The police call on the expertise of Selene and Theo, thinking perhaps the same mystery cult has resumed killing its followers. But Selene and Theo know better. The newest victim isn't a mortal at all—someone is targeting Selene's family, the gods themselves (whose immortality technically deserves air quotes). And readers who may have been rooting for a romance to develop between Selene and her brainy sidekick will get their wish, though Selene struggles with Artemis' rigid devotion to her reputation as a virgin goddess. As before, Brodsky demonstrates an impressive knowledge of ancient history and religion, balancing arcane details with a plot that rivals any blockbuster action flick. Her clumsy reliance on stereotype can grate, though—the book's Latina character speaks Spanglish and has an apartment that "smelled like chiles" while a "fey" character has breath that smelled "just a little like semen." But for those capable of putting this to the side, the novel can be campy fun, especially for lovers of Greek myth or of Brodsky's other area of expertise: New York City. A preposterous page-turner.
From the Publisher
"Stellar...intelligent, versatile, and esoteric... a satisfying adventure that remains true to the spirit of the original myths while granting them several millennia of weight, consequence, and even regret."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Winter of the Gods

"Another winning combination of gritty crime procedural and intellectually stimulating urban fantasy."—B&N SF & Fantasy Blog on Winter of the Gods

"Readers who enjoy detective fiction, ancient Greco-Roman myth, and a bit of romance will enjoy this series."—Booklist on Winter of the Gods

"Cleverly examines mythology and religion while still giving readers a thrill-packed adventure."—Bookish on Winter of the Gods

"The Immortals is a lively re-imagining of classical mythology with an engaging premise, a page-turning plot, and an eye for the arresting and uncanny in contemporary urban life."—Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches on The Immortals

"Brilliantly conceived and tautly plotted, The Immortals is a pulse thrumming, fascinating novel. Selene is a perfect heroine for our times."—Eliot Schrefer on The Immortals

"Imaginative and fast-paced, The Immortals is pulse-pounding entertainment."—Kevin O'Brien, New York Times bestselling author of No One Needs to Know on The Immortals

"Brodsky's writing has claws...They sink in with the first word and don't let go until you are finished with the book."—Darynda Jones, New York Times bestselling author on The Immortals

"Irresistible...a page-turner that deftly weaves action, romance, and a dash of intellectual heft into one seamless whole."—Dustin Thomason, New York Times bestselling author on The Immortals

"Painstakingly researched, intellectually complex, and deeply rooted in the history and mythology of Ancient Greece, THE IMMORTALS is a richly imaginative, multi-layered tale that stimulates the heart and the mind in equal measure."—Ian Caldwell, New York Times bestselling author on The Immortals

"Plays with more modern mythology, employing New York's own secret places and storied history to great effect. This intelligent, provocative fantasy breathes exciting new life into old, familiar tales."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Immortals

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316385916
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
02/14/2017
Series:
Olympus Bound Series , #2
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
78,602
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Jordanna Max Brodsky hails from Virginia, where she spent four years at a science and technology high school pretending it was a theater conservatory. She holds a degree in History and Literature from Harvard University. When she's not wandering the forests of Maine, she lives in Manhattan with her husband. She often sees goddesses in Central Park and wishes she were one.

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Winter of the Gods 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 23 days ago
Good reads. Enjoyed references to mythology. Hope theres a 3rd.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I liked it even more than book 1, and that's saying something! What a wonderful premise and so well executed! This is a little more on the fantasy end of the spectrum than book 1 was, but still the combination of detective story, superhero powers, and greek mythology is a winning recipe.