here In this book, Justin and Mae are going to Arcadia. Justin needs to thwart the high priest from spreading religion into RUNA and Mae needs to find her niece. Tessa is currently enrolled in another This, if possible, was even better than the first book. Tessa is currently enrolled in another school, and is participating in a news internship. Unfortunately, we don't learn anything about more about Leo or Dominic, or about the drugged praetorian Mae injured. I do have speculation about Tessa.
I really think she'll become an elect, or take on a god. She is clearly gifted in media, and can reach a large audience. If religious freedom becomes laxer, then she could be more valuable as a pawn than Justin or Mae despite her young age. There's so much happening in this book and you'll be on the edge of your seat for most of it; it'll be exhausting but you won't even care because this book is wonderful and everything you could wish for in a sequel. Jun 17, Taschima rated it it was amazing Shelves: e-arc-titles-to-review. I like the cover I digress, maybe I just like the image.
But it doesn't go with the first cover, at all, and that infuriates me. I really like this series, it's really good, but I like it when my covers align.
It's like the planets align. So, not cool, here's to hoping they come out with another cover. Apr 27, Miniwriter12 rated it it was amazing. Can I just say That's who I am. Total pure awesomeness. So, I'm really looking forward to reading Gameboard of the Gods, as well as this 'Untitled' one. Like, no kidding. Note: The only reason that I'm putting caps lock on basically everything is because I'm too lazy to bold it So..
I hope it comes out so Can I just say I hope it comes out soon! A brilliant blend of culture, religion and mythology, Richelle Mead totally pulled me into the Age of X series with this book. I'm all in, guys. The world Richelle Mead has created in this series is complex, multi-layered. Gameboard of the Gods didn't draw me in completely, and while I still liked it, I wasn't dying to get the follow up. I'm so glad I continued because The Immortal Crown made my jaw drop, it was so good.
In Gameboard, Justin March discovered something quite extraordinary abo A brilliant blend of culture, religion and mythology, Richelle Mead totally pulled me into the Age of X series with this book. In Gameboard, Justin March discovered something quite extraordinary about himself, something that puts his position at Internal Security at jeopardy if made public.
What's more is that he's hiding that something from Mae, his fiercely strong praetorian guard and one-time lover. The gods are playing a game, one in which humans are involved. Not just any humans—the elect, a group of those who are marked as special and who have the potential to become servants to the gods. In The Immortal Crown, Justin and Mae travel from the Republic of United North America to Arcadia, a dangerous neighboring country with a government in a striking contrast to their own.
While the RUNA's government is devoid of faith and has servitors like Justin patrolling the licensing of religion, the Arcadian government is intricately entwined with religion. There is a complete lack of church and state. While there were some slow moments in this book and the book was long, I was absolutely hooked by the plot and the relationship development between Mae and Justin. With book two, I was able to relax a bit. I wasn't spending most of my time reading trying to figure out what was going on, but I would recommend a little refresher on book one before diving into this one.
In Arcadia, women were forced to wear very modest clothing and hide any bit of skin. They were seen as secondary to men and men often had many wives and concubines. Of course, I was excited to see how strong-willed Mae was going to handle being put in that submissive position. As it turns out, not so well. You'll have to read it to see. Throughout the story, Mae's tough exterior begins to crack as she discovers a tie to her past in Arcadia. The reader gets to see Mae vulnerable. Her emotional walls fall down—walls that she works hard to keep up as a soldier for her country and to keep people out.
There is also a heavy dose of sexual tension between them. It's not all that palpable but more of a quiet tension full of unsaid words and unexpressed feelings. Mae leaned forward and kissed him—a long, lingering kiss that didn't say "I want to take you to bed" but that hopefully conveyed some of the depth she was feeling inside. I loved seeing jealous Justin. He wasn't a jerk about it; he didn't see her as a possession, but rather a woman who needed to be cared for than just simply stared at.
I don't really want to what him leer over you the whole time either. I never feel like she ends a book solely to shock you or create a gimmick to make you buy her next book. It was so, so good! The twists and turns of this book was absolutely fantastic! The romance in this book is very much a slow, slow burn. Those are my favorite. I like the hero and heroine to earn that freaking kiss. And boy, did Justin and Mae earn it! Jun 24, Sharon Mariampillai rated it really liked it Shelves: reads , fantasy , 4-stars , dystopians , e-books , must-read , tbr-finished , library-books , books-i-borrowed , ya.
This was a great read. I thought this book was better than the first book, Gameboard of the Gods. The story was more developed. Also, I felt more of a connection to the characters. Justin and Mae were more interesting in this book, which I was actually really happy about. I hope the series continues to get better because I love Richelle Mead's writing style.
That's the reason I loved the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series because of her writing and her characters. The ending ended in a cliffh This was a great read. The ending ended in a cliffhangerish sort of way, which makes me want the third book even more. I can't wait to see what happens next. I think the series will get better. Overall, an enjoyable read. When the gods and goddesses are restless, mortals beware. This is quite apparent as Mae and Justin are now the pawns of other supernatural entity.
This one is allied to Justin's patron god. The latest quest they are sent on contains multiple purposes with a supposed win-win outcome. Mead never makes it easy. Mae and Justin receive about equal time in this book railing at their patron or matron god. While Justin still fights the inevitable, Mae is just starting to be drawn into the fold. Mae s When the gods and goddesses are restless, mortals beware.
Mae successfully fought off the last dark goddess who wanted her. This new one is giving her something she desperately wants. Not only is this new goddess dangling an irresistible bribe, she's paving the way to achieve Mae's secret desire. Mae wants to bring her niece back and when she learns what her niece will suffer if she's not saved, Mae will do anything to save her.
Mead's world building increases in this second book. Tepper's The Gate to Women's Country. The atrocities committed against the women in Arcardia is a thinly veiled commentary against chauvinistic patriarchal societies. Specifically, one could easily look to the Middle East to see where Ms. Mead received her inspiration. The misogyny in this story is almost overwhelming and more than I could bear. Many times, I wanted to be like Mae, a super solider capable of destroying all the males in this godforsaken hell hole run by a disgusting megalomaniac.
A country run as a theocracy can be dangerous when the god they worship is petty, malevolent and finds human servants just as vile. The males in this story are pretty bad. For the most part, I wanted to capture them and torture them for years. The amount of hatred generated by the scenes in this book is rare for me. In addition, I was in constant rage throughout most of the book. Mead did an excellent job with invoking emotion in her readers. This book is more than a collection of women hating perverted abusers. It also shows the fickleness of both gods and mortals. It is disappointing to see the lack of faith a human will place in their matron or patron god.
The unreasonable requirements and proof a mortal requires of their god is anathema to me.
Start by marking “The Immortal Crown (Age of X, #2)” as Want to Read: 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. Editorial Reviews. Review. Praise for Richelle Mead and the Age of X Series “ After years of YA, the author has finally returned to her adult roots with an.
This is purely based on my own religious beliefs. Still, I can understand and appreciate the dilemma for Mae and Justin raised in a godless environment. This book didn't spend more time blending the different mythologies. Instead, it hinted at more gods and goddesses without confirmation or enough detail. This is a bit frustrating. What I really enjoyed about this book other than the world and character building is the plot within plots. There are multiple strands which Ms. Mead is threading into a bigger picture. A reader needs to pay attention to even a minor character to catch what may unfold.
Even the smallest item mentioned, such as a pins and needle sensation in one's extremities is a clue to something further down the line. I like authors who are capable of slipping in little details here and there only to be brought up again later on as something important. Multiple stories in parallel which merge into one cohesive storyline stimulates my mind. Mead does this consistently in this series. She also leaves the story in a terrific reveal and cliffhanger. I'm riveted and must read the next book.
This book is recommended to those who enjoy not so subtle cultural commentary and fickle mortals in the hands of an angry god. View 2 comments. For years now, Richelle Mead has been one of the most reliable authors on my list. And yet, with this series, she managed to surpass even such a stellar reputation.
This combination of genres is a dream come true for fans of specula For years now, Richelle Mead has been one of the most reliable authors on my list. Gameboard of the Gods was a huge step in the right direction for Mead, and she continues on this new, more mature path with The Immortal Crown. Somewhere along the line, she has become a very admirable writer who has perfect control over her work.
Her experience is clear from the structure of this novel and its flawless pacing. Her crisis moments and moments of quiet introspection are timed perfectly. To Gemman citizens who live a more technologically and culturally advanced lives, Arcadia is the epitome of primitivism and backwardness.
She is very confident in her work, and it clearly shows. There is no doubt in my mind that things will only get better from here, despite there being very little room for improvement left. Jan 15, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: mythology , edelweiss , may , paranormal , kindle , own.
The Immortal Crown is a highly complex, action packed plot filled with an extremely unique twist on many multiple cultural mythologies and deities that where worship. Richelle Mead has created an extraordinary world where gods and goddesses are vying for power and control. The humans are the game pieces and the earth is the gameboard. Unfortunately, you don't know who is friend in foe in this battle for supremacy. What I found amazing was how Mead blended ancient mythology with a future dystopian The Immortal Crown is a highly complex, action packed plot filled with an extremely unique twist on many multiple cultural mythologies and deities that where worship.
What I found amazing was how Mead blended ancient mythology with a future dystopian science fiction based world. She also manage to create wonderfully warped religions, zealots and an entire cast of characters with imperfections. Imperfections that make them relatable even when they are genetically altered, chemically addicted and emotionally wounded. I really enjoyed the The Immortal Crown.
I especially found myself really pulled in by the crows of Odins dialog. You know there is more behind everything that is going on and you just can't help but wonder all the possibilities and directions Mead might take us next. At the very end a new god comes into play, I can't wait to see where this will lead. This book is set for publication May 29, Mar 08, Yodamom rated it really liked it Shelves: action-jackson , gods-goddesses , urban-fantasy.
More action, more revelations and more powers and more game play than I've seen a book for a while. I was a bit lost. I hadn't read the first book so it took me a while to connect to this world. Illegal religions being taken down was a interesting plot line. Justin with his issues and Mae with her strength made a nice pair or characters to read, and there is more building between them. Flawed realistic characters always win with me.
A very well done book but I would recommend reading book one first. Jun 21, Camila, the opinionated Catruler marked it as to-read. I have to re-read GotG first, though. Jan 10, Kimberly rated it liked it. I enjoyed this one more than the first, as things are starting to finally fall into place. May 09, Kristen rated it really liked it. This and other reviews are on my blog My Friends Are Fiction My Thoughts: Since Age of X is an adult series the books are slower paced than my typical young adult books but regardless, The Immortal Crown was so, so good.
I absolutely love the world that Mead has created. It is fairly complex and though I remember feeling vaguely confused in the first bo This and other reviews are on my blog My Friends Are Fiction My Thoughts: Since Age of X is an adult series the books are slower paced than my typical young adult books but regardless, The Immortal Crown was so, so good. It is fairly complex and though I remember feeling vaguely confused in the first book, Gameboard of the Gods, things came much faster to me in this installment.
Even though I did not reread the first book I could recall the setting, story line and characters with ease. Mead has created a very in depth, detailed infrastructure to her society and world. I love all the details and where in the first book it felt a bit overwhelming, in this one I loved each additional bit I learned about the society.
In The Immortal Crown we venture into Arcadia, which is mentioned in book one but not explored. I was appalled with this society yet intrigued with watching our characters function in it. I have always enjoyed the relationship between Justin and Mae but in this book I was behind them so much more.
I was captivated with each moment they spent together. Though Justin was harder to stomach in the first book possibly due to my lack of understanding him or his significant growth in this installment I found myself really loving his character. This could be why these sections dragged a bit more for me. Really though, I just wanted to get back to Mae and Justin. Final Thoughts: The Immortal Crown built upon the complex world provided in Gameboard of the Gods and delved even deeper.
I felt that this sequel was actually stronger than the first book and has set things up for an amazing third book. Jul 14, Deniz rated it really liked it Shelves: adore , paranormal , fantasy , sci-fi. Another great instalment by Mead. I think this is my favorite series by her so far. The world building, just as expected by Mead, is great. In this novel even more details are added, more insights are given and I am even more intrigued. The plot has just like in the first book, quite a few twists, and several are unexpected.
Mae and Justin are off on more mystery solving, trying to work out the different angles of people involved, all the scheming and politics that are going on, trying to find wh Another great instalment by Mead. Mae and Justin are off on more mystery solving, trying to work out the different angles of people involved, all the scheming and politics that are going on, trying to find which gods are doing what So never a dull moment really.
The writing style is Mead. She is master of her craft. And I am a huge fan of her,so I obviously enjoy reading her works. The best part about this in my opinion is the character building. It's just fabulous.
This is written in several POV. Mead not only manages to write the different POV uniquely but to give the reader fabulous insight into the characters. I adore Justin more and more, despite his vices, he is one of the most honourable character around. While his ward is getting more intruiging, Mae is infuriatingly confused but I still like her. I feel like I gotten to know them all. And despite me terrible name memory, I never not once mixed anyone up. And this has a seriously huge cast I can't wait to get my hands on the next book! Click the Internet Zone.
Prices and offers may vary in store. 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. Religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen—the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him—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.
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. About The Author. Richelle Mead is the author of the international 1 bestselling Vampire Academy series, the Bloodlines series, the Glittering Court series, and the Age of X series.
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