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The Immortal Crown

(Age of X #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  7,993 ratings  ·  801 reviews
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
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 29th 2014 by Dutton Adult (first published May 26th 2014)
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Nikki14 This series is by far her best. Extremely disappointing that she has stopped writing them for now.

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This series is by far her best. Extremely disappointing that she has stopped writing them for now.

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Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“All those other flings I’ve had are just ashes in the wind, scattered and forgotten. But you . . . you’re the real thing. The fire that keeps burning in my life. You’re the one. There’s no one else I feel this connected to. And if I could do all those things, stay with you, make love—with the lights on—tell you everything that weighs on me, I would.”

Oh my god!!!!! It was amazing!!! I'm in shock right now !!!

Wowww!! What an ending!!

Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
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Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

3.5 stars

After reading the first two books in this series back-to-back, I was reminded of something that often happens while I’m reading a book by Richelle Mead. I’ve already admitted to loving her, and I do, but oftentimes something, normally just a single thing, keeps me from love, LOVE, L-O-V-I-N-G whatever it is that I’m reading.

In Vampire Academy, the books were YA Urban Fantasy, and that brought inevitably adole
Faye, la Patata
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I already said this before, but I'll gladly say it again: I was not a fan of Richelle Mead at all, but I am now because of this series. When I first (tried to) read Vampire Academy, I was hardly impressed. I remember going through the first ten to twenty pages and saying to myself with a scowl, "Mmm, juvenile writing. Too young. Meh. DNF." Honestly, between me and that series, we're pretty much done. Nada. But then I read Ga
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

The Immortal Crown was an impressive sequel, and even better than Gameboard of the Gods, in my opinion. I refreshed my memory (thank you Recaptains) I got right back into this story, and enjoyed the ride even more this time around.

Be warned, my review contains some spoilers if you haven’t read Gameboard of the Gods.

Justin and Mae are up to their usual, investigating “religious groups and supernatural claims” making sure they’re not a threat to the RUNA, Republic of United North America
Katelyn Miller
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am completely baffled that apparently some people didn't like the first book. However, it's not a complete surprise, if they were already R.Mead fans, for one main reason: aside from Vampire Academy/Bloodlines, her other series kind of sucked.

Georgina Kincaid was porn-without-plot for the most part. And Dark Swan (while pretty awesome on the whole) had maybe the worst ending of any series that has ever been written ever that basically devolved into me hating the main character with a passion.
Mar 07, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2014


I'm aching for this book and it's just June 2013... Damn... A year to go before me holding it=pretty babies of awesomeness everywhere.

Age of X #2...... I'm here.... Waiting....
Helena Strickland
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing

WHOAH!!!! I mean what an ending??? So many plotwists!!!!

I can't wait for the third book!!!This is torture!!!
2.5 stars - Spoilers

I don't know why I bother with Richelle Mead anymore, her books used to be fun and entertaining but her latest releases have been rather poor in comparison. Admittedly, this one was slightly better than the first book… Things made more sense and some parts of the story were actually quite interesting. But overall, I was disappointed by everything… the world, plot and characters though improved still weren't good enough.

Random thoughts:

-The world building and plot were more co
The Immortal Crown is the second installment in Richelle Mead's adult fantasy series titled Age of X. This multi-genre series is so complex in it's world building- it's a lot to take in. But if you can get through the first book Gameboard of the Gods, then I think you will be able to find your groove. I adore Richelle Mead but this series took me by surprise. If her name wasn't attached to it, I would not have recognized this as her writing. So far, I am not enjoying Age of X as much as her

Anything mead writes is gold. I can't wait to get my hands on this book!
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
That was PHENOMENAL!!!!

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**ARC provided by Dutton Adult via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I’ve said it many times and I am going to say it one more time: I absolutely love Richelle Mead’s books and “The Immortal Crown” is the best example! This book was amazing from the first page until the last! I loved the first book in this series and I couldn’t wait to read the second one and I excited to say that
Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jep
I am normally a very fast reader, but it took me several days and lots of self-encouragement ("C'mon, you can do this, you can finish this!") before I managed to make it to the finish line, aka the end of the book. Ms. Mead is one of my favorite authors, but frankly, this series has been extremely difficult to get through. There's nothing wrong with her writing (it's impeccable, as always), the "world building", the characters. It's just the actual storyline for the series that is falling flat f ...more
Initial Thoughts: Wow. Absolutely loved this book. Maybe it's because one of my favorite cities is the capital, but I digress. What an interesting combination of a futuristic society struggling with spiritual beliefs and the existence of all sorts of gods from various mythologies. Well done.

The Review:
Christal and I discuss The Immortal Crown on Badass Book Reviews as part of the monthly Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge.

AH: The world building in this series is fabulous, full of details
Valeria Andrea
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This future citizen of the RUNA requests to be thrown back into this world.
Please. Is there even going to be a next book? Because I haven't seen anything about it coming from Richelle Mead &, I tell you, I'm beginning to worry.
Anyway, I must go back, because I'm reeling with excitement.

If things that are supposed to be dead just stayed dead *sigh*

On the other hand, MAE!
Oh my beautiful amazing Mae, you are going to be okay. Worry not. For the love of Tom Hiddleston, you are a strong woman &
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.

Actual Rating: 3. 5 Stars

Immortal Crown is the sequel to Richelle Mead's Adult Scifi series, Gameboard of the Gods. On this follow up story, Mae Koskinen and Justin Marc are both busy doing a classified investigation in and out of RUNA and to add more conflict to the story, some of the humans that are marked by divine also called elects are turning one another. On their next mission Lucian Darling and his delegation along with Justin and Mae are headed
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
2015 Book Awards: Best Novel Runner-Up
2015 Book Awards: Most Action Packed Runner-Up

2015 Book Awards: Prom King Runner-Up
Awarded to Justin March
(information about these awards is available on my profile)

Alright, let me give you a rundown of my feelings right now



First, you have these amazing main characters with their backgrounds and their personal complications and their dealings in a post-apocalyptic world which I can actually see happening because of how the w
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This, if possible, was even better than the first book.

I'm so, so happy and it feels like I've swallowed starlight and it's going to burst out of me any second because damn it that book was awesome and I can't wait for more and I will rave about this because it deserves a shit ton of raving.

A shit ton.

In this book, Justin and Mae are going to Arcadia. Justin needs to thwart the high priest from spreading religion into RUNA and Mae needs to find her niece. Tessa is currently enrolled in another
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing


I like the cover... and I don't like the cover. I digress, maybe I just like the image. But it doesn't go with the first cover, at all, and that infuriates me. I really like this series, it's really good, but I like it when my covers align. It's like the planets align. So, not cool, here's to hoping they come out with another cover.


Other than that I am SO VERY EXCITED for this book!
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing

UH-huh. That's who I am. Total pure awesomeness. So, I'm really looking forward to reading Gameboard of the Gods, as well as this 'Untitled' one. If Age of X is going to be a bad series (probably- and hopefully- not), I will literally CRY. Like, no kidding. Not kidding AT ALL. (Note: The only reason that I'm putting caps lock on basically everything is because I'm too lazy to bold it) So.. Yeah! I hope it comes out so
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

A brilliant blend of culture, religion and mythology, Richelle Mead totally pulled me into the Age of X series with this book. I'm all in, guys.  The world Richelle Mead has created in this series is complex, multi-layered.  Gameboard of the Gods didn't draw me in completely, and while I still liked it, I wasn't dying to get the follow up.  I'm so glad I continued because The Immortal Crown made my jaw drop, it was so good.

In Gameboard, Justin March discovered something quite extraordina
Sharon Mariampillai
This was a great read. I thought this book was better than the first book, Gameboard of the Gods. The story was more developed. Also, I felt more of a connection to the characters. Justin and Mae were more interesting in this book, which I was actually really happy about. I hope the series continues to get better because I love Richelle Mead's writing style. That's the reason I loved the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series because of her writing and her characters. The ending ended in a cliffh ...more
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When the gods and goddesses are restless, mortals beware. This is quite apparent as Mae and Justin are now the pawns of other supernatural entity. This one is allied to Justin's patron god. The latest quest they are sent on contains multiple purposes with a supposed win-win outcome. Ms. Mead never makes it easy.

Mae and Justin receive about equal time in this book railing at their patron or matron god. While Justin still fights the inevitable, Mae is just starting to be drawn into the fold. Mae s
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
For years now, Richelle Mead has been one of the most reliable authors on my list. Whether we’re talking about her Young Adult books or her adult fiction, we can always count on her to give us exactly what we need. And yet, with this series, she managed to surpass even such a stellar reputation. Her Age of X> series is more than just what we need, it’s what we secretly wished for and a few things we never even knew we wanted. This combination of genres is a dream come true for fans of speculativ ...more
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Immortal Crown is a highly complex, action packed plot filled with an extremely unique twist on many multiple cultural mythologies and deities that where worship. Richelle Mead has created an extraordinary world where gods and goddesses are vying for power and control. The humans are the game pieces and the earth is the gameboard. Unfortunately, you don't know who is friend in foe in this battle for supremacy.

What I found amazing was how Mead blended ancient mythology with a future dystopian
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Action, Multi Cultural, Mythologies, Power Struggles, Zealots and Addictions and Fantastic Characters.
More action, more revelations and more powers and more game play than I've seen a book for a while. I was a bit lost. I hadn't read the first book so it took me a while to connect to this world. After about 30 % it all started to form together and I loved it the gods the power struggles the back room games. Illegal religions being taken down was a interesting plot line. Justin with his issues an
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this one more than the first, as things are starting to finally fall into place.
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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My Thoughts:
Since Age of X is an adult series the books are slower paced than my typical young adult books but regardless, The Immortal Crown was so, so good. I am suffering a book hangover since I’ve finished and am struggling with figuring out what to highlight in this review.

I absolutely love the world that Mead has created. It feels 100% real to me. It is fairly complex and though I remember feeling vaguely confused in the first bo
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another great instalment by Mead.

I think this is my favorite series by her so far.
The world building, just as expected by Mead, is great. In this novel even more details are added, more insights are given and I am even more intrigued.

The plot has just like in the first book, quite a few twists, and several are unexpected.
Mae and Justin are off on more mystery solving, trying to work out the different angles of people involved, all the scheming and politics that are going on, trying to find wh
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it

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Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away f

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Age of X (3 books)
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