Many thanks to both NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Some of you may frown but I enjoyed reading Percy Jackson. It was interesting to see Greek gods in the modern world. So, when I heard about The Immortals, hyped as a grown up PJ, and a bit like American Gods by Neil Bauman, I thought I would give it a try.
The plot follows Arlene, otherwise known as Artemis, the Greek god of hunting, of the moon etc. as she tries to catch the murderer of a young college professor. Trying to solve the same murder is Theo, one time boyfriend and lover of the victim, Helen, and also a professor of classics. Eventually, their search joins them together and they discover a much more dangerous threat to the gods and the world.
I wasn't expecting brilliance, and for the first 50 or so pages, I wasn't mistaken. However, as the story progressed, so did the quality of the plot. The beginning is slow, if I'm honest, and a little dull, to the point that I almost put it down for good. Yet I stuck with it and was richly rewarded. The writing is easy to follow, the plot twists often unexpected, and the characters are likeable.
All in all, I enjoyed The Immortals, despite the poor start. I would recommend it to Percy Jackson and American Gods fans alike.
Star rating: 4 from 5