The Immortal crown by richelle mead
This is book number two in the Age of X series. If you haven't read number one (Gameboard of the Gods) you will probably want to check that out before diving into The Immortal Crown.
Back Cover Blurb:
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.
I enjoy Richelle Mead and I'll confess...book number one (Gameboard of the Gods) is on my To-Read list. So am I ready to pick up The Immortal Crown right this moment? Probably not. I will say, however, that I am super excited to have this ARC copy sitting on my Kindle...love the cover, love the author and the premise seems pretty interesting. I plan to get crackin' on this one pretty soon.