Monday will be the last Story Port session for the spring for our grade school kids. Thanks to everyone who attended this year so far, and keep your ears open for summer library program information coming up next.
Greek and Roman myths may be among the oldest recorded stories, but their allure has persisted throughout the centuries. Now first time author Jordanna Max Brodsky has brought a fresh, updated perspective to the mythical warrior huntress Artemis in The Immortals. In myths Artemis is a daughter of Zeus and twin sister to Apollo. In this updated tale she is called Selene DiSilva in modern day Manhattan. As Artemis she had all the powers a goddess is expected to have, and devoted her time to her virginal priestesses. As a modern woman in Manhattan her powers have diminished but she still works as a private investigator for threatened women. One evening walking her dog she comes across a murdered woman at the edge of a lake in Central Park. This woman, named Helen, wasn’t just murdered though, she was sacrificed in the style of a Greek ritual. In her own investigation Selene meets Theo Schultz, a local Greek myths historian at a local university, and past lover of Helen. Suddenly, isolated and semi-human Selene is regaining her goddess powers. Then, ancient Greek artifacts start disappearing from local museums. Someone is trying to bring back the ancients in all their glory, but Selene doesn’t go along lightly. She is, after all, also known as Protector of the Innocents, and what is happening is far from innocent.
The story is carefully researched, and modern plus ancient theories about the veracity and accuracy of ancient mythical Greece is woven throughout the gripping narrative. This is the first book of a planned series, but the next may not be published for a while.
You can get the book reviewed here, which was The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky, and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”