This is the second in the Age of X series. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Gameboard of the Gods, and I had high expectations for this story. Fortunately, Richelle Mead delivered. Without going into spoiler territory in this part of my review, I will just say the pace was great, the characters are memorable and I love the concept of several gods battling it out with humans as their pawns. There are so many fantasy books where there are mentions of religion and gods, but rarely do the gods make an appearance. In this series they are pulling the strings behind the scenes, and we get glimpses of them. I hope in the third book they all come out! I am going to give this book 4 stars.
Here’s a breakdown…
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What is this book about?
Despite the illegality of religion, several gods are amassing followers. In the last book we saw the Morrigan make a play for Mae and Odin make a play for Justin. In this book, Justin goes all in with Odin and Freya is pursuing Mae. However, Freya lets Mae down, and at the end of the book she is approached by Loki (who I just love because I associate him with the awesome Tom Hiddleson).
In this story Justin and Mae are sent to another territory (Arcadia- the former southeastern US) and they have gone conservative on their treatment of women (they basically have no rights). While in this territory, Mae finds her niece (with help from Freya) and helps her and other stolen girls escape. Justin unwittingly recruits new followers for Odin and also helps them escape.
Justin and Mae are so obviously into each other, but Justin is holding back because of the deal with Odin that once he seals the deal with Mae, he will be committed to Odin. Not wanting to commit himself to Odin, he refuses a relationship with Mae. When he rejects Mae, she goes home and someone shows up at her door that appears to be Justin and they have sex. Afterwards she finds out it wasn’t him, and she feels totally violated (and pissed that Freya didn’t protect her). Justin finally tells her the reason he hasn’t acted on his feelings, and she decides to get reassigned to the front line- so not to tempt him. The twist is that since he admitted his feelings to Mae, he has meet the terms of his agreement and now becomes Odin’s (even though Mae has left).
What did I think about this book?
There were several chapters written from Tessa’s point of view. It seemed to be more of a filler perspective and not as interesting as Mae and Justin’s story line.
I really love the concept of this book. There are so many wonderful characters and tales that can be modernized, and the recycling of these classic characters is done well.
“It just didn’t seem like a good idea to trust control of a bunch of large machines to humans alone.” [Mae’s comment when she found that humans actually drove cars in Arcadia.
Considering Tessa’s point of view, I should have given this a 3. But I love the concept so much…and come on, LOKI…