Religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him, have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods. With this investigation 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. Then Justin and Mae are assigned to a diplomatic delegation headed by Lucian Darling, Justin's old friend and rival, to go into Arcadia, the RUNA's dangers 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 is own reluctantly acquired deity. Meanwhile, Mae has a secret mission of her own: find 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 threatens to expose their mission - and with it the divine forces the government is determined to keep secret.
Richelle Mead is the author of the international bestselling Vampire Academy series, its spin-off series, Bloodlines, and the Age of X series. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, travelling, trying interesting cocktails and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pyjamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit richellemead.com to find out more.