Series: Age of X #2
Published by Dutton on May 29, 2014
Genres: Adult SFF, Fantasy
My Reviews in this series: Gameboard of the Gods
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
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.
Wow! The Immortal Crown is what a sequel should be.
Mead delivers again with a stunning sequel to Game Board of the Gods. This book is jam packed with action, and I don’t mean just violence. There’s an art to pacing that can’t be achieved through violent action alone and she pulls it off. We also see a lot of development in the romance of the two main characters. *wink*
This book has got it all!
An unpredictable plot with various subplots leaves you guessing and immersed in the world. The world building here is fantastic! I loved the details that are delivered in nice reasonable doses, no 3 page descriptions of a strand of hair blowing in the breeze. I think some people would have a hard time with the religious aspects of the series but I personally love the exploration into a multitude of Gods that are all trying to come back into power. In The Immortal Crown we actually go into Arcadia which has an established religion and a God that has established a whole country. Now, it’s a backward ass country for sure, but Mead takes a gamble and explores what a religion based country might look like without science and based solely on scripture and fanaticism. This to me is the best part of fantasy reading, the authors get free reign to explore areas that are taboo. Want to see more? GO READ THE BOOK. I am not giving it away. There aren’t enough scones you could bribe me with to ruin this for you. 😛
Read it you must! No seriously, this one was fabulous and I really enjoyed it.
Reviewed by Tina
Tina is one of my local besties – she literally lives right around the corner and down the street from me. She is a crazy gamer and voracious SFF reader just like myself and because I started drowning in books she agreed to help pitch in by reading and reviewing books with me!
She is the mother of two twin boys, one darling little girl and has a couple crazy dogs and a big brawny man on top of it all. I dare say she is a super woman. And can you believe it she starts law school in the fall 2014. *starts singing…I’m not your super woman….*
Fantasy, especially high/epic fantasy are her favorites but she says she’ll read anything I push at her. *wrings hands together* She seriously doesn’t know what she’s in for.