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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Book Review: The Immortal Crown

Book Review:  The Immortal Crown by Richelle MeadThe Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead

Review copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Age of X series. While the first book was really good and will give you a more in-depth understanding of the characters and what's going on, I don't think you'll be lost if you start with this one. 

Mae is a member of the Praetorian Guard, an elite unit of so-called supersoldiers. On special assignment with religious investigator Justin, their job is to look into supernatural sightings and determine if any threats are present. Raised to believe that there are no gods, they've both seen enough to know better. Loved that the tough-as-nails soldier was a woman! And that she was protecting a man. Nice change of pace!

The story alternates between Mae & Justin on their mission, and Justin's ward Tessa back home. 

Mae & Justin accompany a diplomatic group to the neighboring country of Arcadia. While their homeland does not believe in gods, they find Arcadia to be a land ruled by a strict god. A very strict god, who preaches that females are second-class citizens with no rights. I did not like this god.

Turns out that Mae had an ulterior motive for wanting to go on this mission. It was a legitimate reason, but I wish she had told Justin before almost causing an international incident! 

Tessa's story was almost as intriguing, as she is enrolled in a new school and has started an internship with a somewhat disreputable journalist. Tessa is incredibly smart and learning to trust her instincts, so I have high hopes for her future!

Really enjoying this series, and love the evolving relationship between Mae and Justin! Also love Justin's two "advisers", who never fail to chime in, whether Justin wants them to or not. I like that the gods are real and sort of scrimmaging for a foothold in the world. Really like the little twist at the end, and looking forward to seeing how that turns out in the next installment!


  1. Though not a reader who has to follow a series from book one as you know though one of the advantages of doing so is that you get the benefit of seeing the characters develop and the evolving relationship between the characters in this make me feel it is a series maybes best read from the beginning.

    1. You're right, as reading from the beginning would definitely give you a more in-depth understanding of the characters and the world they live in.

  2. This does sound good. Glad you are enjoying it! :)

    1. Looking forward to the next installment already because of the twist at the end!

  3. So are the gods ones we are familiar with from mythology, or are they unique to the author?

    1. The gods are ones we're familiar with, such as the Norse pantheon. I love how often I'm running across Odin and Loki these days! Nice to see the classics making a comeback. :)

  4. Aah, I need to start this series soon! Great review!


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