The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead
Narrator: Emily Shaffer
Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
Date Read: June 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
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.
Publisher: Dutton, Penguin Audio
Series: Age of X #2
Also by this author: Vampire Academy, Spirit Bound, Gameboard of the Gods, Vampire Academy, Vampire Academy br> br>
Also in this series: Gameboard of the Gods
Listened for Review (Penguin Audio)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: OMG the end of The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead made me start counting down to the next one!
Story Thoughts: There were zero pacing issues with The Immortal Crown. It was zero to 60 from the beginning and kept me on the edge the whole time. I thought it was interesting that Tessa’s storyline was strong. I actually felt like I could almost figure out why she is so important to the story. I know she is important to Justin but I just see her being something “big”. As far as Mae and Justin–I am sort of tired with the push/pull relationship already. I just feel this is another Rose/Dimitri, Sidney/Adrian, Georgina/blah blah blah–you get it. They won’t get an HEA till the very last chapter of the last book. I will just have to ignore the overtones until then. Though I did really enjoy Mae and Justin’s “case” this time. I thought it was timely, edgy, and shows the drastic differences between “races” or “countries” in this world. Also, it compelled both to accept their roles with the gods (or fight against them but no longer live in denial).
Character Thoughts: I feel the same about the key players that I did in the first book. They are strong, interesting, and in typical Richelle mode–annoying on the romance front. I am liking Tessa more and find it interesting that I am drawn to the teen’s story more than Mae/Justin. I liked learning more about some of the side characters and I am very curious about the character at the end. That kind of threw me.
Narrated By Emily Shaffer / Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
Emily does an excellent job with the narration of the Age of X series. I am really impressed with how much subtle difference she puts between the characters (speech, emotion, pitch). She really brings their personalities alive. I will be continuing this series on audio.
Final Thoughts: After than ending, I need the next one now 🙂