The Immortal CrownAuthor: Richelle Mead
Genre: Adult Dystopian, Sci-fi, Mythology
Series: Book 2, Age of X series
Expected publication: May 29th 2014 by Dutton Adult
ARC Source: Publisher through Netgalley
Pre-order from: Amazon | The Book Depository
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Academy and Bloodline series returns with the second installment in her acclaimed Age of X series.Gameboard of the Gods introduced religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him. Together they have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside the Republic of United North America and out. With this highly classified knowledge comes a shocking revelation: Not only are the gods vying for human control, but the elect—special humans marked by the divine—are turning against one another in bloody fashion.Their mission takes a new twist when they are assigned to a diplomatic delegation headed by Lucian Darling, Justin’s old friend and rival, going into Arcadia, the RUNA’s dangerous neighboring country. Here, in a society where women are commodities and religion is intertwined with government, Justin discovers powerful forces at work, even as he struggles to come to terms with his own reluctantly acquired deity.Meanwhile, Mae—grudgingly posing as Justin’s concubine—has a secret mission of her own: finding the illegitimate niece her family smuggled away years ago. But with Justin and Mae resisting the resurgence of the gods in Arcadia, a reporter’s connection with someone close to Justin back home threatens to expose their mission—and with it the divine forces the government is determined to keep secret.
I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Immortal Crown exceeded my expectations. If Gameboard of the Gods was amazing, this sequel is even more so. Richelle Mead took sci-fi and mythology to a new level. Action-packed, daring, mysterious and shocking, The Immortal Crown is definitely an excellent read.