Artemis: Ancient Goddess, Citizen of New York City?

I felt the need to write today, but my brain is misfiring in so many directions, that I decided to do something simple…a book review. So, please indulge me while I talk about one of the books that I’m reading. I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s a little bit outside the realm of leadership, but hey, it’s my blog, so why not?

I sing of Artemis, whose shafts are of gold, who cheers on the hounds, the pure maiden, shooter of stags, who delights in archery, own sister to Apollo. The Homeric Hymn to Artemis, circa 6th century BC

This is from the book titled The Immortals, by Jordana Max Brodsky.  Ancient Greek Gods are alive and well in 2016, with some residing in New York City.  They’ve taken on common names, as well as jobs, (the horror!) so as not to stick out.  Artemis’ name is Selena DiSilva.  Her twin brother, Apollo, is now Paul.  Her half brother Hermes, is known as Dash, and so on with other Gods.  Much like the movie Highlander, or most immortal type books and movies, they must disappear and reinvent their lives after a few decades.  Artemis/Selena, the Huntress, has done many versions of police work, detective work, protector of women and crime fighting.  Most of the Gods and Goddess’s powers are weakening over the centuries, until they finally go mad and/or die.  They are gradually aging and losing their powers, because not too many people these days are praying directly to the ancient Gods.  There are a few cute things, such as Hermes starting the clothesline, Hermes, which enables the God to still retain some power.

I would describe the book as part historical, part mystery, part suspense, and even some humor.  There are many flashbacks of Artemis’ Goddess life, and her past lives living on earth, making for fascinating reading and premises.  Fast forward to NYC, and Selena is a hard, lonely woman, patrolling the nights looking for abusers of women.  Two incidents jolt her into further action.  She finds the mutilated corpse of a woman with signs of an ancient ritual long forgotten committed on the woman, and power has begun to course through Selena’s body again.  Someone is praying to her and sacrificing women for a ritual.  Her sense of justice and ire has reminded her of who she really is, Artemis, daughter of Zeus and Leto, the Punisher and the Huntress.

I liked the writing style, and the obvious research that went into writing this book.  The dialogue is witty, biting, and real.  It’s a series, so I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books.

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