The Immortal Crown: An Age of X Novel
By: Richelle Mead
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.
You can hate me now, I made a big mistake with this one...I didn't read the first instalment. My bad! But saying that, I really don't think I "needed to", and I only say this because Mead did an excellent job of catching me up. Now I don't recommend this to first comers of this new seriers. Apparently I missed out on a lot and I will go back and read the first one at some point.
Get to the review already! Wow, this was absolutely a very unique reading experience for me. A whole new world of crazy has been created here. Monsters of the most human looking kind, crazy God and Goddess worship and factions of humans trying to get in on all the action. It's off the wall politics at times, yet down to earth and heart felt.
In a nutshell, I liked every page of it! I've not read anything like this. But somehow I can feel the realness of the world, it's so vivid and dynamic it should be in history books. Maybe it will be some day! Who knows, the gods of old could come back and kick all our butts.
If you like lore along the lines of Odin and Freya, then you'll love this series. It's full of adventure and heartache. You wont be able to put it down and by Thor as my witness, you wont want to!
Getting 5 Sheep