June 4th 2013
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 Xseries, 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.
I followed the blurb about the creation of this book on Richelle’s blog. I had it on my list since then. It was worth the wait.
Richelle Mead has a way of creating awesome first books on a series that we tend to feel a bit lost. But, I wouldn’t like it other way. Feels like a game where everybody knows the rules but the reader.
I loved the world building. I don’t like dystopia that much, but the mythology involved got me from first glance.
I loved the characters. The have depth and are strong, and we are still discovering them.
Justin seems like a pleasant mix between Adrian from Vampire Academy & Bloodlines series and the main character from the TV Series The Mentalist.
Mae, well Mae is the one I have more expectations to see her developments in the future books. A warrior bought to life as an aristocratic princess surely has a lot to give.
And I am sure, just because is a Richelle book, that we haven’t begun to see the tip of the iceberg yet. Book #2, The Immortal Crown went straight to my TBR as soon as I finished this one.
I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
“We’re pieces on a gameboard, Dr. March, and some of us are more powerful than others. You. Me. Her. We’re the ones the gods want. We’re the ones they’re fighting over.”
― Richelle Mead, Gameboard of the Gods