01 July 2013

{Book Review} Gameboard of the Gods

By: Me My Shelf And I | 01 July 2013 at 12:01 AM | | | | | | | |

Gameboard of the Gods Cover

Gameboard of the Gods
Age of X #1
Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 448
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Rating: 5 birds

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.

I am convinced that Richelle Mead can write no wrong. Seriously, Everything I have read from her is pure genius, like it just works and the reader is taken along on an epic journey.

This book is not YA it is definitely adult. Mead does excellent work giving the reader the background for RUNA and the society that has survived. This is a great read and I highly recommend it.

Troubled past, drinking, women, illegal substances, wild parties, misunderstood all normal in the day of Justin March the Male lead in GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS. I personally just fell head over heels for him. He’s smart, knows history (which is huge for me), and definitely has a touch of that bad boy personality that I just liked. Plus the “conscience” that Justin has is comical and I may have on similar. Mae is beautiful, smart, a kick-ass soldier and loyal. She has the best qualities and she has them to her fault. Unfortunately this gives her pause to accept some situations she is put in until it is almost too late. The voice of reason, and there is always a voice of reason who can see past all of the BS the central characters put forth is Tessa the teenager Justin brings to the RUNA for a better education. She is always in the background but this is a place best suited to her and where she shines.

There is plenty of action some expected most not, but awesome nonetheless. I mean Mae is an enhanced soldier, of course she gets her chance to shine. That is another thing I enjoy about Richelle Mead’s writing the men and women equally kick butt.

Have I convinced you yet?? Yes! Wonderful!!! Go get this book now! If by chance you are still on the fence on whether to give GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS a chance you can preview the first three chapters along with a glossary of the book and background on her website.

In all seriousness if you are a fan of any of Richelle Mead’s other works I guarantee you will like this because the same rhythm is there. There is no word on a release date for a second book in the series but I know that I will read it when it becomes available.




  1. I loved Mead's Georgina Kincaid series & Vampire Academy but for some reason, I just couldn't get into this one. Your review makes me think I should try it again. I may try to pick it up again later, maybe try it in audio format. Great review!

  2. I loved Vampire Academy and and her Storm Born series, but this sounded so so different to anything she has done before and I'm not sure its for me. But I will have to give it a chance!! great review!!

  3. you cannot believe my horror when i reached the end of it and the truth hit me that there was second book and i'd have to WAIT for months for it. this is very very sad.

  4. you cannot believe my horror when i reached the end of it and the truth hit me that there was second book and i'd have to WAIT for months for it. this is very very sad.

  5. It took me a while to get into it, I think it was hard to understand a lot of what was going on at first. Especially since it just jumps right in without any backstory. But I really enjoyed it. I don't really have anything to compare it to - it's much different from anything else I've ever read!
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