Sunday, March 5, 2017

Review: Winter of the Gods by Jordanna Max Brodsky

In book 2 of the Olympus Bound trilogy, Selene and Theo are once again drawn into an investigation of murders that appear to be the work of a cult. There is a twist, though. Whoever is doing this isn't picking their victims at random. They are choosing them from among the Olympian gods.

The setting for the book is the Christmas season in modern-day New York City. Funny to set a book about the Olympians during a time period centered around celebrating the birth of Christ. But, the timing ends up playing a part in the story.

The mystery of the sacrifices has Selene, aka Artemis, distrusting even more than usual. She questions whether or not it could even be a member of her family performing the sacrifice in order to regain lost power. Overall, it's a good mystery.

Theo is trying to keep up with Selene and help solve the murders. Two of his close friends become involved in the investigation. I felt a little overwhelmed by all of the info given regarding circumstances and symbols during the investigation as a result of their research. It's all good information and impressive, but I felt like there was a little too much. It slowed the pace of the story even though it leads to an epiphany.

The characters are well drawn, particularly Selene and Theo. Their romance seems to suffer a little in this book. I think they aren't really listening to each other, which seems quite possible considering one is immortal-ish and one is definitely mortal. And I liked the addition of  Hephaestus to the story as more of an important character than in the last book.

I give the book 3.5 stars. Overall, it's a good book. Just a little slow in spots where there was a lot of information given.  If you're a fan of urban fantasy or the Greek gods, then you might enjoy this book. You might be able to read this as a standalone, but it would be better to have the background from book one. The ending definitely has room for things to continue in book three. I am looking forward to seeing where the author goes with Theo, Selene, and the rest of the pantheon.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.