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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Gameboard of The Gods

This is crazy for me to be writing because I literally am a Richelle Mead fangirl.  Getting an ARC of Gameboard of the God's is so insanely exciting, and this series I'm sure is going to become another Mead favorite! (See you in June in LA Richelle!).
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: Going into Gameboard of the Gods was disorienting at first.  When you go into a new Mead world you go all in.  There are ton's of new terms and places to memorize and a slew of new characters to meet, so needless to say I was in a slight state of confusion for the first few pages.  

But, then I was I all in.  Richelle Mead has a way of just sucking you into the stories she creates.  I'm happy to say Gameboard of the Gods in intriguing and wonderfully written.  The futuristic world Mead has created is rich and lush with new devices, places, and characters. 

As I said earlier coming into the story was confusing at first.  I didn't really understand where the plot was going at first because we meet some of the characters in really odd settings.  But, those backstories are integral to the characters that Mead has introduced us to in Gameboard. 

The two major main characters, Mae and Justin, create an interesting contrast as well as some trademark Mead angst.  While they both have very intense and different personalities, it is easy to picture their rapport. 

Something that I wasn't really expecting from Gameboard of the Gods, was the intense scrutiny of the line between religion and science.  It was very thought provoking and honestly made me examine some of the events going on in the world today.  

Overall, Gameboard of the Gods is an intense and gratifying book that any Richelle Mead fan will come to love.  It is full of vibrant characters and with an interesting murder mystery plot this one is sure to be another Richelle Mead favorite! 


Gameboard of the Gods releases June 4th, add it on GoodReads HERE

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