Book Review: Gameboard of the Gods by: Richelle Mead

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Dutton Adult

Publish Date: June 4, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Hardcover

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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.

Review: ‘Gameboard of the Gods’ is the first book in the new Age of X series by Richelle Mead. This book has absolutely nothing to do with any of Ms. Mead’s previous works, both YA and adult. Be prepared for a whole new world…and what a world it is! Welcome to the world after the Decline. After religious extremists set the virus Mephistopheles loose and due to the lack of genetic diversity in certain populations, the world was torn apart and millions of people died. As the world rebuilt, genetic diversity was required and religions were exiled. Current day – in the Republic of United North America (RUNA) and Praetorian Mae Koskinen is going to her ex-lover’s funeral. After a huge fight with another praetorian, Mae is given a new assignment. She has to go retrieve an exiled government investigator, Justin March. She then gets embroiled in the search for a serial killer. The killer is perpetrating ritual murders and it’s up to Justin and Mae to find out who and why. Yet, they are not the only ones interested in these murders and they may just be in over their heads.

‘Gameboard of the Gods’ is a fantastic mix of genres with a strongly built world and complex characters. There is a lot of world building and character development, which can seem to slow the book down, but the mystery and magic combine in a way which will keep your attention riveted. Mixing politics, religion, and genetics in a believably realistic way, ‘Gameboard of the Gods’ is an intricate story which you’ll greatly enjoy. I don’t want to give too much away, but this book will draw you in and make you think. I’m very excited for the next book to see where things go for Mae and Justin!

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