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The Immortal Crown: An Age of X Novel [Format Kindle]

Richelle Mead
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Revue de presse

The book is fast-paced and suspenseful (Booklist)

An engaging read, with an unusually tangible, believable, living story world, featuring a protagonist of unexpected depth and sympathy (Jim Butcher (on Succubus Blues))

Présentation de l'éditeur

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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1953 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 416 pages
  • Editeur : Dutton (29 mai 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00G3L6JZA
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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Richelle Mead possède une maîtrise en religion comparée et se passionne pour tout ce qui est drôle et farfelu. Elle vit à Seattle avec son mari et quatre chats. Elle ravit depuis 2007 les fans de Buffy, Laurell K. Hamilton, Patricia Briggs, Kelley Armstrong... avec Georgina Kincaid, l'héroïne de Succubus Blues et ses suites, une libraire démoniaque, sexy, mais très sympa. Découvrez tout de suite sa nouvelle série magique, sensuelle et pleine d'humour : les aventures d'Eugenie Markham !

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Par Lady Lama TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
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J'avoue, je lis tous les romans de Richelle Mead avec grand plaisir. Je les dévore, même. Pourtant, ce qu'elle écrit est souvent banal et repose sur les mêmes éléments. Dans sa nouvelle série, "Age of X", dont "The Immortal Crown" est le 2ème tome qui vient d'être publié, on n'échappe pas aux classiques ingrédients utilisés par Richelle:
- une romance impossible (dans le cas précis, si les personnages consomment leur relation, l'un d'eux devient serviteur à vie d'un Dieu puissant)
- du fantastique, ici un futur assez funeste où certains individus sont exceptionnellement sélectionnés par les Dieux (tout le panthéon existant actuel depuis l'Antiquité ainsi que des nouveaux) pour accomplir une mission, et favorisés parfois par des pouvoirs extraordinaires
- une héroïne très "badass" : on voit l'évolution du même personnage féminin, de la gentille tête brûlée garçon manqué dans "Vampire Academy" à la déterminée et provocante succube de la série éponyme... Toujours des personnes très sportives et très impulsives, mais aussi très fragiles. Ici c'est une soldat aux capacités physiques décuplées artificiellement mais avec une grande insécurité affective.

L'originalité du premier tome commencé à être dissoute. Elle concernait le personnage masculin, dépeint dans le premier tome comme quelqu'un de certes très brillant intellectuellement, mais aussi un dilettante exemplaire, un loser irresponsable, alcoolique et drogué, incapable de tenir quelques heures sans sa dose.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Sloooooooooow beginning leads to a much better conclusion. 5 juin 2014
Par Melissa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I made one fatal error in my reading experience for this latest book in Richelle Mead's Age of X series ... I didn't re-read Gameboard of the Gods first. Normally I can get away with this, finding a way to catch up with events through the first couple of chapters of a book. Richelle Mead always does a good job trying to catch up her readers through subtle hints in beginning chapters of her series books. She makes a valiant attempt here, but unfortunately it isn't enough. The Age of X series is complicated. There are weird political factors, a convoluted history, and back stories of characters that matter. The first book was criticized for being full of information dumps, and that was true ... but it was necessary in order to figure this new world out. I didn't mind so much. I felt like book one was a setup book, and once we had the information of this complicated world Richelle Mead could turn to creating the type of stories we love in a Richelle Mead book. That's what I was hoping for in this story .. now that I knew what was going on I was ready to get into the actions and emotions that would drive this series. Unfortunately I was lost for a long, long time. Re-reading the first book would have helped A LOT, so if you have the chance, re-read Gameboard of the Gods so that you can jump right in to this story.

Still, even once I felt sufficiently caught up in this world the story just fell flat for the first two-thirds of the book. It still had the feel of a set-up book. At this point in a series the set-up needs to be done. It is time to start getting into the meat of a story, and I didn't feel like this happened at all. It was nice enough, but it wasn't enough to really drive me to read. I found myself pushing through simply because it was a Richelle Mead story, not because I was engaged in the book. That is unfortunate. The beginning half of this book was simply okay ... two stars.

But things started coming together in the last third of the book. Finally, I could see where all of this set-up was heading. The powers in play were finally making their moves more directly, and Mae and Justin were finally having to make solid decisions ... I HATED many of the decisions they were making (especially at the end), but at least they were taking themselves out of the holding pattern they were in for most of this book. Side note ... DON'T DO IT MAE! DON'T DO IT! NOTHING BUT TROUBLE LIES IN THAT CHOICE YOU SEEM TO MAKE AT THE END OF THIS BOOK! The end of the book gets four stars, and I am seriously excited to see where Richelle takes this story. I have a feeling I am going to be VERY glad that I stuck it out with this series. She has created a bold and ambitious story here, and I think that she is finally hitting her stride with it. I expect to be very rewarded in the upcoming books ... but I will definitely make sure to re-read the first two books in the series before beginning book three. Three stars!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Really great second installment in this fabulous sci-fi/UF series 1 juin 2014
Par Jessica@RabidReads - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
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 adolescent issues. In Georgina Kincaid, it was the whole, “I’m a succubus, and I can’t EVER turn it off,” thing, in Dark Swan it was Eugenie’s last Big Decision that made me see nothing but tears and recriminations in her and Dorian’s future when what she did inevitably came to light, and in Age of X . . . well, in Age of X, I can’t quite put my finger on the problem. Maybe it was the drastic turn the religious observations took from general to specific. Maybe it was the dissatisfaction I felt at the state of Mae and Justin’s relationship when the book ended.

I just don’t know.

And it’s weird, b/c I REALLY liked this book. A lot. Like couldn’t put it down.

The Immortal Crown opens with Mae and Justin checking out an alleged Voodoo priestess in the Bahamas. The priestess is in fact the real deal, recognizes Mae as a fellow Elect, and spouts nebulous and vaguely threatening warnings about a War of the Elect. Mae and Justin head back to their hotel room where they’re attacked by BUGS. Not just any bugs either—SCARAB BEETLES.

*shudders*

They return to where the priestess is holed-up, thinking her responsible for the attack, only to discover that she is moments from death, having suffered an attack herself. She spouts more warnings about Elect attacking Elect and future wars among the gods, and then dies.

Cue ominous music . . .

Mae and Justin return to RUNA only to almost immediately depart again for Arcardia, having been maneuvered into the trip by the politicking Lucien, who’s convinced that a successful peacemongering trip there will seal his election win.

And once again, EVERYTHING is connected.

This is where Mead excels. She flawlessly weaves together a story in which seemingly isolated incidents, casual interactions, and what appear to be coincidences are anything but. And again, she’s subtle. So the most you can come up with on your own, is that something is not right, there’s more to that person then what appears on the surface . . .

But you have no clue what’s actually coming.

I love that, incidentally.

As far as the world-building goes, the most development takes place in Arcardia. We learned in Gameboard of the Gods that Arcardia is RUNA’s neighbor with whom they hold a merely tentative peace. There are constant border skirmishes, and the threat of war looms heavily in the background.

And this is where I begin to have problems.

Mead states very clearly in the early part of the book, that present-Arcadia bares no similarities with past-southeastern US. That Arcardia is purely the result of a land area turning to religion rather than science in the aftermath of the disease that killed-off half the world’s population, but this simply isn’t true. Arcadia is a horrifically exaggerated version of the pre-Civil War south with some puritanical principles tossed in for fun. And just so there’s no confusion:

Pre-Civil War South + Puritan value system = NEGATIVE fun.

And of course with Mead there’s no smooth path to romantic euphoria. NOPE. We need to appreciate what we’re given, and by golly, nothing that comes easily is worth having.

Pfft.

I’m just hoping Mae and Justin work out their stupidity BEFORE the last book in the series.

Please, Richelle Mead? Please, PLEASE, can we have a happy couple before the very end? You can even throw all kinds of crap in their happy, little path. As long as it, for the love of the gods, gets RESOLVED, I don’t care. Just let them be TOGETHER.

Please?

The Immortal Crown is this year’s follow-up to the brilliant debut Gameboard of the Gods in Richelle Mead’s Age of X series. There was more of everything—more gods trying to gain a toe-hold, more places to explore, more secondary characters to love, more sinister villains, more kick-assery from Mae, more brilliant manipulations from Justin, just MORE.

And I don’t see it winding-down anytime soon.

I still highly recommend this series to anyone interested in mythology-based and futuristic Urban Fantasy. This is one of the good ones. And with so many UF series wrapping-up recently, or in the near future, we all need to be aware of the good ones!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 WOWZA 12 juillet 2014
Par The Every Free Chance Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Did I enjoy this book: Do you ever get to the end of a book that’s so good you find you’ve forgotten how to say anything except, “Holy Sh*t” over and over again? Yeah. This is one of those books. It’s better than the first one. It’s better than sleep. It’s better than the epic Nutella-banana-marshmallow fluff camper pie my brother-in-law made me last night. This is the first of Ms. Mead’s series that I’ve read, but you can bet I just added a whole stack of her other books to my TBR pile. WOWZA. She’s good.

Would I recommend it: It’s awesome. If my TBR list wasn’t quite so long, I’d read it again immediately.

As reviewed by Melisa at Every Free Chance Books.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Action packed for Justin & Mae 29 mai 2014
Par T's Book (KT Book Reviews) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Justin and Mae make one of the best partner/couple teams that have come along in awhile. The way they work off each other and the dry wit these two have really makes the entire read worth it. In this book our duo will be tested to extremes. Mae will discover that the real threat of oppression is still very much common place in Arcadia. The vile treatment of their woman is sickening and the threat that her niece is there to be sold for use in a concubine or wife will push Mae to drastic measures jeopardizing the relations between countries.

As for Justin he will start coming to terms with his God, as well as his feelings for Mae. This book was very much Justin’s turning point in his way of thinking. With the crows input and observational banter I found Justin to be at his best in book two.

As for little Tessa, I dunno, I just don’t click with her this go round. I am not sure why that is. I tended to skim read a bit through her chapters to get to the more dramatic and action filled chapters in Arcadia. Don’t get me wrong I still enjoy her very much, just compared with what else was going on, the break back and forth was just a distraction for me is all.

The ending event had me flabbergasted and I am truly bursting to find out what happens next. The Gods are at play and will Mae fall victim to their games? Will Justine man up and do what he needs to do to protect Mae after she has protected him for so long? I can’t wait to find out!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Shocking revelations to say the least! 2 juin 2014
Par K - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
There is only one problem...waiting for the next book in the series. I was hooked from beginning to end. Like all of Mead's adult books, they just keep getting better.
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