Gameboard of the Gods

by Richelle Mead
Kindle Edition – Read May 9, 2013

Expected Release Date: June 4, 2013

Length: 462 pages

Official Description: (This is book #1 of the Age of X series)

In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.

My Take:

First off, I am so grateful to have been able to read this book in advance of the release date, in fact I was giddy.

I absolutely love Richelle Mead as an author, granted I haven’t read her über popular Vampire Academy series, but I’ve read her adult series, Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan, and loved them. As soon as I heard about this one, I knew I had to have it. So, as I started reading this I noticed that this world was going farther in-depth than I expected, this is a very intricate world with a very in-depth hierarchy and caste system. It took me a while to get through, though honestly it was because finals got in the way, and there were parts that just really dragged out, but those parts are really important. There really isn’t anything excess in this book and though I wish there were just a touch more romance, I’m sure there will be more to come. I loved the characters, there is just so much going on with each of them, we’re just looking and the surface in this book. There is so much more I want to know, and so much I wish would happen, this whole book is like a massive opener to what looks to be a fantastic whirlwind of a series. At first, or really the majority of the book had a sci-fi feel and in part it is, there is a lot of science going on with the restriction of religion because it just turns out zealots, I don’t know how to really describe it without giving plot keys away, so I won’t. There’s some great mythology built-in and lots of science type stuff and A LOT of background information, but again this is just the first book of the series and this is world is much more massive than her other series, in my opinion, so it’s going to take a lot more information. I think Ms. Mead has done a fantastic job weaving a wonderfully intricate futuristic, and different type, of world for us to get lost in, characters for us to root for, and time for us to figure out what could happen next.

 

Up Next:

Other Books by Richelle Mead:

Georgina Kincaid Series:
Succubus Dreams (Book 3), Succubus Heat (Book 4), Succubus Shadows (Book 5), Succubus Revealed (Book 6)

Dark Swan Series:

Shadow Heir (Book 4), Dark Swan (Graphic Novel)

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