The Immortal Crown: An Age of X Novel [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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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What People Are Saying

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PRAISE FOR RICHELLE MEAD AND GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS

"After years of YA, the author has finally returned to her adult roots with an ambitious (and sexy!) sci-fi outing."
- EntertainmentWeekly.com

“This brilliant book is a miracle. Think American Gods with the romantic heart of Vampire Academy. What's the point of world-building if you aren't building something and someone to love? I'm in love with every character in this book. How do I know? When I got to the last page I turned to the first and started again, thinking this is why I read.”
–Margaret Stohl, New York Times bestselling author of Icons

“Vivid world-building, whip-fast pacing, and a layered plot combine to make Gameboard of the Gods a riveting read!”
– Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of The Arrivals

"The book is fast paced and suspenseful...A promising first book in a projected series."
– Booklist

“Provocative and dark—Gameboard of the Gods is epic in scale and impossible to put down.”
– Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels & author of Unbreakable

"Why you should read it: ....It's dark, it's fantastical, and the chemistry is just wow!" 
– USAToday.com Happy Ever After
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698157255
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/29/2014
  • Series: Age of X Series , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 8,554
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Richelle Mead
RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.
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  • Posted May 14, 2014

    After the unbelievable and once thought impossible things that h

    After the unbelievable and once thought impossible things that have happened since Justin March and Mae Koskinen met, they now know that anything could happen. Since discovering and bringing down a dangerous religious cult together and Mae freeing herself from the clutches of an evil God, these two are suddenly thrown into another overwhelming mission.

    Lucian Darling, who is running for one of the two highest offices of the Republic of North America (RUNA), has asked Justin and Mae to accompany him on a political trip to their neighboring country of Arcadia. Lucian believes this will be a perfect opportunity to negotiate peace between the two countries and illuminate him in a favorable light when election day comes around as the people will see him taking action rather than just giving speeches. While in the RUNA religion and politics are strictly separate, in Arcadia religion is the driving force in politics and this fact has caused the countries to erupt in terrible battles as each country believes they are the superior people.

    In addition to the different religious and political views in these two lands, women are seen as property and given no rights whatsoever in Arcadia. To ensure that peace comes of this trip, all of the women from the RUNA are told to behave in a manner resembling the Arcadian women, which is somewhat of a challenge for Mae and the other women accompanying this political group. However, to make sure that this trip is safe for everyone, Mae and the other women are quick to comply. As Justin works to figure out exactly what religious threats are at work here Mae finds herself tied to another quest. In a bizarre vision Mae is shown that her long lost niece is being held in Arcadia where her captors are planning to sell her when she comes of age. Knowing that this may be the only chance she may ever have to save her niece Mae takes a huge leap of faith and embarks on a rescue mission that she is not entirely sure she will be able to survive without divine help.

    This is the second installment of the Age of X series by Richelle Mead and before jumping into this book I first read Gameboard of the Gods and was completely hooked from the first page. I quickly read through the first book in two days and immediately started The Immortal Crown and was not disappointed in the least. This second book picks up right where the first left off and continued to entice my imagination with every page. Richelle Mead has an amazing way of creating characters that demand respect but are also relatable on an intimate level. Both the characters of Justin and Mae have undeniable courage and strength but they also have a need for one another and that combination makes for a breathtaking read! At the end of the story Mead left with a tantalizing cliff hanger and I sure hope that a third installment is on its way to continue this wonderfully written and intriguing story.

    Quill says: This is a story that makes me say, 'this is why I love books!'

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

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    THE IMMORTAL CROWN continues the story of investigator Justin Ma

    THE IMMORTAL CROWN continues the story of investigator Justin March and praetorian Mae Koskinen which began in GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS. This time they’re assigned to a diplomatic delegation to Arcadia, the RUNA’s neighbor to the south (formerly the Southern United States). In Arcadia, religion and politics are tightly bound and women are chattel, but there are powerful forces fighting for the souls of the Elect. Mae is posing as Justin’s concubine and has her own agenda – to rescue her niece who her family sent away for being illegitimate. While all this is going on, a reporter is forming a connection to someone close to Justin which may compromise much more than their mission in Arcadia. Just a note: If you haven’t read GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS at all or in a while, you’ll be a bit lost, so make sure to read it first. THE IMMORTAL CROWN gives a lot more time to Justin and his relationship with Odin. Mae also had her own experiences with an unknown deity who has been giving her assistance in finding her niece. It was smart of the author to make the religion of Arcadia a mélange of the mores and practices of many current religions. THE IMMORTAL CROWN shows more of an evolution in Mae’s character, showing her humanity and her connection to gods as an Elect. I’m excited about this series because it shows the gods in a whole new light. I am intrigued to see where the author will take these characters and how far beyond their limits they can stretch. THE IMMORTAL CROWN takes us deeper into this world, but it definitely includes a lot of world- and character-building which can slow down the action. The cliffhanger at the end makes me itch for the next book! If you’re looking for something different, pick up the Age of X series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

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    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blo

    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    THE IMMORTAL CROWN is the second book in Richelle Mead’s latest adult urban fantasy series, Age of X, and she’s kicking things into higher gear.  Although I have to admit that the beginning of this book took me a bit to get into, after I hit the halfway point I was fully committed to this story.  I found myself experiencing the same with book one, but then again, it could just be my faulty memory on things that had happened that kept jarring me out of the flow.

    Nevertheless, the adventure that Mae and Justin are in just keeps delving deeper into the religious subcultures and testing their own boundaries with what they believe is right and wrong.  Even crossing some of those lines and allegiances.  Seems like both Justin and Mae had their own agendas to deal with at certain point in this story.  And that made the whole story more interesting.

    THE IMMORTAL CROWN is definitely a bit edgier, going into voodoo practices and traveling even to neighboring Arcadia, a land where religion trumps science.  But even that religion and belief in the wrong Gods can destroy the masses.

    Aside from the religious and political aspects of their trip to Arcadia as part of a peace campaign for Lucien, Mae has an abducted niece to rescue in Arcadia.  And Justin has to do the impossible to get them out of Arcadia alive while trying to save their own homes from being targeted by Arcadian forces.  Have I mentioned that I think Justin is the coolest?  Well, yeah, he sort of comes to save the day.  When he can.  He’s such a flawed hero but one who tries hard at being good and doing the right thing.  Staying away from the woman he wants for the greater good.

    As much as I get all the reasons keeping Mae and Justin apart, I can’t wait to see them throw those reasons to the curb and go for it.  The sizzling sexual tension they are accumulating is starting to build anxiety in me!

    And just as much as I love our main characters, I have a passion for the side characters.  Especially Tessa.  She plays a prominent part as a side character in this book and she makes mistakes, just as she rectifies them.  She’s another flawed character that is growing in a new world.  She doesn’t know the workings of this society she’s thrown to live in.  But she’s definitely gearing up to kick some ass.

    Richelle Mead is and effortless storyteller and this book shows it.  The magical way she has of depicting a world that will leave you feeling transported to another time and place.  And the way she narrates a story, interweaving everything she puts on the page, with such attention to detail, is mesmerizing.  I feel like THE IMMORTAL CROWN is setting in motion greater things to come in this series!  I can’t wait to see all hell break loose!  Greater excitement and characters you can’t help to fall in love with!  Definitely one of my favorite books by Richelle Mead in a while.

    *ARC provided by publisher

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2014

    I like this series by Richelle Mead. It is different from her


    I like this series by Richelle Mead. It is different from her others but still good. The characters Justin and Mae are a whole lot more complex than others she has written about. Justin is an investigator and along with Mae they travel different places to check out rumors of supernatural and religious activities. They where put together in the first book and they work amazingly well together even if hey have a few problems in their personal lives. Mae is a super soldier and wants to find her missing niece in this book. She has to act like pretty much a slave at times in her mission and as a help to Justin. The cultures of each place in this new world are each different but fascinating at the same time. You also get to see Tessa more often and what she is going through.

    I will say at times this is hard to get into and I would recommend reading the first book before going in this one. It explains so much of the world. This one started off a little slow for me and I worried at times I was going to put it down. Then it began to take off. I got hooked and wanted to keep reading to see what would happen. There is a lot of action in this book and at one point some creepy bugs. If you are looking for a book that is complex and full of twist and turns I say read this one. Sorry this is short and rambles on but I don't want to give any spoilers

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

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    WOWZA Did I enjoy this book: Do you ever get to the end of a bo

    WOWZA

    Did I enjoy this book: Do you ever get to the end of a book that’s so good you find you’ve forgotten how to say anything except, “Holy Sh*t” over and over again?  Yeah.  This is one of those books.  It’s better than the first one.  It’s better than sleep.  It’s better than the epic Nutella-banana-marshmallow fluff camper pie my brother-in-law made me last night.  This is the first of Ms. Mead’s series that I’ve read, but you can bet I just added a whole stack of her other books to my TBR pile.  WOWZA.  She’s good.




    Would I recommend it: It’s awesome.  If my TBR list wasn’t quite so long, I’d read it again immediately.




    As reviewed by Melisa at Every Free Chance Books. 




    Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Another excellent book from Richelle!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Amazing!

    I love everything by Richelle Mead and this book was no different. I read it in just a couple days because I couldn't put it down.

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