The truth is, when you banish the gods from the world, they eventually come back—with a vengeance.
In the near future, Justin March lives in exile from the Republic of United North America. After failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims, Justin is surprised when he is sent back with a peculiar assignment—to solve a string of ritualistic murders steeped in seemingly unexplainable phenomena.
Justin’s return comes with an even bigger shock: His new partner and bodyguard, Mae Koskinen, is a prætorian, one of the Republic’s technologically enhanced supersoldiers. Mae’s inexplicable beauty and aristocratic upbringing attract Justin’s curiosity and desire, but her true nature holds more danger than anyone realizes.
As their investigation unfolds, Justin and Mae find themselves in the crosshairs of mysterious enemies. Powers greater than they can imagine have started to assemble in the shadows, preparing to reclaim a world that has renounced religion and where humans are merely gamepieces on their board.
YA writer Mead (the Vampire Academy series) tries her hand at adult paranormal fiction with mixed results in the first Age of X episode. On a future Earth, the rigidly secular Republic of United North America (RUNA) government now rules the continent. As an elite praetorian solider, gorgeous Mae Koskinen is proud to defend RUNA's citizens from "unchecked religion." Then Mae sleeps with Dr. Justin March, former expert "priest killer" for the Ministry of Internal Security. RUNA needs March's help to hunt down the religious group responsible for a series of bloody murders and assigns Mae to be his bodyguard. Hardened soldier Mae predictably hates having showed any vulnerability to her charge. Meanwhile, Justin worries that sleeping with her again will fulfill a secret prophecy, forcing him to swear loyalty to some unknown god. Most of the story seems to be setting the stage for later books, leaving characters and the murder investigation to languish. Mead will have to sharpen her plotting to make this series successful.
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Better than I expected
When I first purchased this book, I admit I was a little doubtful and was even more disappointed when I finished the first few chapters. It seemed like I had just wasted cash on a book full of cliches and a predictable plot. But luckily I forced myself to finish reading e book in order to try and get the most out of what I paid for and was surprised by how the story unfolded. Some of the characters were indeed a bit cliche to me, but the over all theme of the story was very interesting to me. The society richelle mead creates is a fascinating one, to say the least, and I don't think our own society is truly that far away from.
Best first book in a series
I have read all of her books and I must say this is my favorite first book in a series she has written. The writing style is third person which is new for her but she did it well. The characters are complex and different and the plot line is also very different. It take a little while to understand it, but overall it was very well written and I cannot wait for the second book. Very excited!
Fantastic read !!!!! Creative and puts a whole new and old feel to government!!!!!