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ARC Review: The Immortal Crown

I received an advanced review copy of The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead from Net Galley for free in exchange for an honest review. The Age of X is a scifi/fantasy series by Richelle Mead in the adult category, and I can say that it is a good read. I would not say that this book series is one of those that is life-changingly brilliant, but it is still a good series to get into. You can see my review of the first book in the Age of X series Gameboard of the Gods here. And, as always on my blog, clicking on links connected to book titles and images of book covers will send you to Amazon.com so you can access it easier. The release date for The Immortal Crown is set for May 29th! And by the way, isn’t the cover art gorgeous?!

Ok, so The Immortal Crown is much better than Gameboard of the Gods and there is more intrigue at the end making me really want to read the follow up. Unfortunately I will probably be waiting for a while. The characters are lovable and the story line is easy to follow and good enough to have kept me reading until the end. Also, the love story mixed into the plot is one of those of those kiss-her-already kinds that leaves you feeling let down on several occasions all through the first two books. I’m sure that at some point in the series, or at least I hope, there will be a coming together of the two main characters.

The only thing I found annoying in this book especially is that there seems to be a repetitive element when it came to explanations as the plot goes along. This is probably to help the reader keep up and avoid getting lost, but it just seems a little excessive to me. I would certainly recommend this book as a good read.

I have spoken with several people who have seen or kind of heard about Gameboard of the Gods and the  series but don’t know what it is about, so let me enlighten those who care to know. Here is the book description according to both NetGalley and Amazon:

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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