The Immortal Crown: An Age of X Novel

By Richelle Mead

The number 1 big apple occasions bestselling writer of the Vampire Academy and Bloodline sequence returns with the second one installment in her acclaimed Age of X sequence.

Gameboard of the Gods brought spiritual investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the gorgeous supersoldier assigned to guard him. jointly they've been charged with investigating experiences of the supernatural and the go back of the gods, either contained in the Republic of United North the United States and out. With this hugely categorised wisdom comes a stunning revelation: not just are the gods vying for human keep an eye on, however the elect—special people marked by way of the divine—are turning opposed to each other in bloody fashion.

Their undertaking takes a brand new twist once they are assigned to a diplomatic delegation headed by way of Lucian Darling, Justin’s outdated buddy and rival, going into Arcadia, the RUNA’s risky neighboring state. right here, in a society the place ladies are commodities and faith is intertwined with executive, Justin discovers strong forces at paintings, at the same time he struggles to come back to phrases along with his personal reluctantly bought deity.

Meanwhile, Mae—grudgingly posing as Justin’s concubine—has a mystery venture of her personal: discovering the illegitimate niece her kin smuggled away years in the past. yet with Justin and Mae resisting the resurgence of the gods in Arcadia, a reporter’s reference to anyone with regards to Justin again domestic threatens to reveal their mission—and with it the divine forces the govt. is decided to maintain mystery.

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The query used to be, why? “Give me one stable cause I’d are looking to elect you on a suicidal journey to Arcadia,” stated Justin ultimately. Lucian chuckled. “Well, as I already informed you, it’s no longer suicidal. As for a reason . . . don’t you examine faith? That position is a hotbed of it—getting warmer from what I listen. ” “I learn faith to guard my very own kingdom. What others do to ruin theirs is as much as them. ” yet as Justin spoke, a relax ran down his backbone. while the RUNA had renounced faith after the Decline, Arcadia had clung to it—so fiercely, actually, that it had turn into intertwined with the govt. The Arcadian religion used to be inflexible and authoritarian, and the assumption of its “getting warmer” used to be somewhat terrifying. And but, there has been no doubt faith rather was once heating up within the RUNA and different components of the realm. used to be the divine game—or even perhaps battle, at this point—active in Arcadia in addition? it is going to definitely be anything worthy having a look into, acknowledged Magnus. And our grasp might in particular have an interest in understanding the country of godly affairs there. I don’t owe him that, Justin reminded the ravens. I simply solution to inner safety, they usually haven’t requested this of me. I’m unlikely to volunteer simply because Lucian wishes corporation. “You can carry Mae,” extra Lucian by surprise. “Most of our safeguard aspect should be praetorians, really. ” Justin suppressed a groan. “Is that what this can be approximately? incredible. You’d heavily pass this some distance to get a few on my own time together with her? ” Lucian held out his fingers in an appeasing gesture. “No. think it or now not, you’re truly the single i would like extra in this journey. We’ll produce other cultural specialists with us to aid us ‘learn’ concerning the kingdom. a faith specialist is key with those people—as are your observations on human nature. I don’t simply wish election effects from this journey, Justin. i need long term effects. i need to understand how those humans respiring down our necks imagine, and realizing how their superstition impacts them is the foremost to it. There’s nobody else I belief greater than you to get inside of their heads. ” He’s really complimenting you, saw Horatio. First time for every little thing, acknowledged Justin. “I have already got a job,” he instructed Lucian. “IS has assignments for me. I can’t simply drop them for a box journey. ” “I imagine they’d spare you if I requested. ” certain, Justin was once yes they'd. specially in the event that they sensed a supernatural possibility lurking inside of Arcadia’s borders. yet Justin nonetheless sought after no a part of it. Arcadia was once its personal specified model of harmful, and Justin specifically didn’t are looking to be tied to a few much-hyped, very public journey. “Sorry,” acknowledged Justin firmly. “I cross. ” Lucian weighed him seriously for a number of moments after which gave a nod, his accepted smile returning. “Okay. yet imagine on it. And should you switch your brain, you’ve acquired per week to get in on one of many largest foreign strikes during this state. Now. What did you need to discuss? ” He dropped that tremendously speedy, suggestion Justin warily as he all started explaining approximately Darius’s internship. Too speedy. convinced, agreed Horatio. He definitely did.

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