The Immortal Crown (Age of X #2) by Richelle Mead

Justin and Mae make one of the best partner/couple teams that have come along in awhile. The way they work off each other and the dry wit these two have really makes the entire read worth it. In this book our duo will be tested to extremes. Mae will discover that the real threat of oppression is still very much common place in Arcadia. The vile treatment of their woman is sickening and the threat that her niece is there to be sold for use in a concubine or wife will push Mae to drastic measures jeopardizing the relations between countries.

As for Justin he will start coming to terms with his God, as well as his feelings for Mae. This book was very much Justin’s turning point in his way of thinking. With the crows input and observational banter I found Justin to be at his best in book two.

As for little Tessa, I dunno, I just don’t click with her this go round. I am not sure why that is. I tended to skim read a bit through her chapters to get to the more dramatic and action filled chapters in Arcadia. Don’t get me wrong I still enjoy her very much, just compared with what else was going on, the break back and forth was just a distraction for me is all.

The ending event had me flabbergasted and I am truly bursting to find out what happens next. The Gods are at play and will Mae fall victim to their games? Will Justine man up and do what he needs to do to protect Mae after she has protected him for so long? I can’t wait to find out!


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.

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