Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead

Genre:  Adult Mythology
Age of X Series, Book 2
Expected publication date:  May 29, 2014

Description (taken from Richelle Mead's website):
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.

This book dives right into the lives of Justin, Mae, and Tessa.  And Justin's god has barely been revealed from the last book, but Justin still managed to escape his clutches.  But other gods are coming into the fold and they'll entangle Mae and Tessa into their little game of taking over the world.

Lucian, a senator in the RUNA, wants to become consul.  But he wants to gain the people's favor by actually doing something instead of just giving speeches.  And he decides going into Arcadia, RUNA's neighboring hostile country, where he can set up trade negotiations and hopefully turn an enemy into a wary friend.  And somehow, Justin and Mae get dragged into this trip.  But entering Arcadia is like entering a third-world country (in this futuristic world) where women are barely treated better than animals.  But Mae has an ulterior motive for going: she needs to find her niece.  And of course the gods just tend to complicate everything.

I'm still unsure of how to think of this series.  The books are good in that they involve a lot of strategy, but the story building is definitely at a slower pace.  It's like watching two elderly men play a game of chess.  You analyze the potential moves they can make, the strategies they're going with, and then watch them make their move.  That's kind of how it is with the gods getting introduced in this book.  We definitely see more than we saw in the first one, and it's all leading up to something big.  But then the main plot of the book ends meaning the book ends right when it's getting good.  I kind of just want the whole story now.  Tell me what's going on!

This series definitely isn't fast-paced for me, but it deals with a lot of strategy and trying to determine what the characters and/or gods are going to do next.  I'm enjoying it and will plan on reading the next one as soon as I can.

Thanks goes to Dutton Books for providing me a review copy.

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