Saturday, December 24, 2016

Book Review: Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Gameboard of the Gods
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Age of X (Book 1)
Publication: Dutton; 1St Edition edition (June 4, 2013)

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

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.

My Thoughts: GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS begins a new adult series for Mead. It takes place in a dystopian future. Mae Koskinen is a praetorian soldier - the best of the best. She is also a member of a high class social group though she has cast them aside to be a soldier.

Justin March is an exiled serivitor currently living in Panama. He was exiled because he wrote something in a report that indicated that he believes in the gods that his society has outlawed. Religion and the worship of any god is partially blamed for a devastating plague that wiped out huge numbers of people. Justin is from a lower class who clawed and struggled using his wit, charm, and ability to discern patterns to reach his high position.

He is called back from exile and assigned Mae to guard him when a series of murders takes place that seem to have religious overtones.

Unbeknownst to his superiors, Justin has made part of a bargain with a mysterious god though he is clinging to a loophole to keep from swearing to the god. Unbeknownst to her, Mae is under siege by another god who wants to take her over. Even though Justin is attracted to her, making love to her will complete his bargain with his mysterious god which leads him to be cruel to rebuff her. That really doesn't help their working relationship!

As they investigate, they learn more and more secrets about hidden cults, mysterious gods, and what it means for their government. I enjoyed this story which had wonderful characters and strong relationships between them.

Fans of fantasy will enjoy this one too.

Favorite Quote:
"My job's to protect him," Mae told Callista in a voice that chilled the warm night. "Admittedly, I didn't really realize what kind of danger he was in."
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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