Columbia professor and mythology expert Theodore Schultz is enjoying a quieter life since his recent run-in with a violent religious cult. As a consultant to the NYPD, Theo had nearly died last summer and now he’s recuperating nicely. And helping him is Selene DiSilva, the striking and powerful beauty he met during the investigation.
Selene is mythology’s present-day Artemis. She’s the daughter of Zeus, protector of the innocent and goddess of the hunt, virginity, archery, animals and the moon. While it may sound great to be immortal, Selene and her extended family have found themselves in a strange state. Their godly powers are fading and they are coping with the very human side of aging. Selene is still very tough, however, and she uses her power to protect and avenge.
Selene and Theo survived the dangerous adventures in The Immortals. Now they can relax and work on their relationship. As the goddess of virginity, Selene must consider a more modern lifestyle and Theo may be the one to make her change.
Modern romance is put on hold, however, when police investigators call Theo to help with a new murder investigation. A man’s body has been discovered on Wall Street’s Charging Bull statue and clues point to another ritualistic cult. When Theo and Selene discover the cult’s evil plot, they rush to decipher the clues before the next murder.
Winter of the Gods is Book 2 of Brodsky’s Olympus Bound Series, an imaginative science fiction adventure. In this story, Brodsky’s characters take sides in the battle between good and evil, with a few of them caught in the middle. Within that fight are several layers of conflict between Selene and her family, who are often at odds with each other. Can they work together to fight against an imposing, but unnamed enemy? And does it help or hurt when mortals like Theo get involved?
Many characters from The Immortals return, including Selene’s twin brother Paul (Apollo) as well as a couple mortals: Theo’s best friend Gabriela and the story’s sleeper love interest, Ruth Willever. As a fan of mythology, I enjoyed learning many particulars about these imperfect gods and goddesses, their loyalties and their rivalries. Mythology buffs will appreciate the author’s knowledge and her detailed explanations of the Olympians’ complicated family tree. I had fun imagining the gods using their magical weapons and other devices with mortals, including winged helmets and gleaming swords. Brodsky makes the mystery real by placing many New York landmarks in the story, including Wall Street, Rockefeller Center, Roosevelt Island and North Brother Island. A terrific scene takes place at Grossinger’s the now-deserted Catskills resort, shown below.
As they decipher clues and gain entry into the cult’s chambers, Theo and Selene race against time to stop the murders, with numerous obstacles. The story ends in a wild finish, with many twists, surprise heroes and a few hints at what may happen in the next book.
I recommend Winter of the Gods to readers who like fantasy adventure stories in which characters must pull strength from their innermost reserves to save the day.
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