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Read the first two chapters of Richelle Mead's 'The Immortal Crown' -- EXCLUSIVE

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The Immortal Crown, the second book in Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, hits shelves May 29. But why wait until next month when you can read the first two chapters today? Here’s the official description of Crown, then check out the excerpt after the jump:

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.” READ FULL STORY

Richelle Mead talks new Bloodlines novel, 'The Fiery Heart'

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The wait is over! The Fiery Heart, the fourth book in Richelle Mead’s popular Bloodlines series—a spinoff to her Vampire Academy series—has arrived. And it’s a doozy! The mostly secret romance between Sydney and Adrian has been kicked up a notch, but not without consequences. And as Sydney navigates the complicated dynamic between her Alchemist upbringing and her new-found magical ability, it becomes increasingly difficult for her to keep on her perfect Sydney Sage front. Here, Mead talks about her newest release and teases what’s to come in the series. READ FULL STORY

Richelle Mead's 'Age of X' series: See the cover of book 2 -- EXCLUSIVE

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Richelle Mead is probably best known for the vampire-centric worlds she created with YA favorites Vampire Academy and Bloodlines. So to keep fans on their toes, Mead introduced Age of X, an adult series, to the fray with Gameboard of the Gods. The sequel, The Immortal Crown, is due May 29, 2014. But we’ve got an exclusive first look at the cover. “I’m so thrilled with this new cover and the first book’s redesign,” Mead says. “Mae looks both tough and ethereal here, and fans of the series will probably already have an idea of what’s being hinted at. It was a concept mentioned in the first book that’ll now become more and more meaningful in this next installment. I can’t wait for people to read it!”  READ FULL STORY

Your next obsession: Richelle Mead on her new adult series 'Age of X' -- EXCLUSIVE

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It’s still months before we hear from Bloodlines‘ Sydney or Adrian again, but Richelle Mead has a new novel to keep you occupied in the meantime. It’s called Gameboard of the Gods and it’s the first in her Age of X series. That’s right: After years of YA, the author has finally returned to her adult roots with an ambitious (and sexy!) sci-fi outing.

In Gameboard of the Gods, the world as we know it was nearly destroyed by religious extremists and faith has been outlawed. Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of the supernatural and the divine. But when a series of ritualistic murders bear a disturbingly paranormal quality, Justin is the only man for the job. Together with Mae Koskinen, a technologically-enhanced super soldier, he’s assigned to solve the cases, but their discoveries put them in untold danger. Something’s preparing to make its move on the world — and the human race is merely its pawn. EW spoke to Mead about the inspiration behind Gameboard, a possible Bloodlines spinoff, and the importance of hair dye in the Vampire Academy movie.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What inspired you to write Gameboard of the Gods?
RICHELLE MEAD: It came from this whole different assortment of things that I kind of put together. My background is in religion and mythology, so this whole idea of a futuristic world that turns its back on religion and then gets plagued by the supernatural had always kind of been kicking around in my head. I actually first thought of it before Succubus Blues, my first published novel, but it took a long time for me to write it. It’s more detailed and complex. READ FULL STORY

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