Review: Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Friday, June 27, 2014
Series: Age of X #1
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Signet
Reviewed by: Amber R.

From Goodreads:

The truth is, when you banish the gods from the world, they eventually come back—with a vengeance. In the near future, Justin March lives in exile from the Republic of United North America. After failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims, Justin is surprised when he is sent back with a peculiar assignment—to solve a string of ritualistic murders steeped in seemingly unexplainable phenomena. Justin’s return comes with an even bigger shock: His new partner and bodyguard, Mae Koskinen, is a prætorian, one of the Republic’s technologically enhanced supersoldiers. Mae’s inexplicable beauty and aristocratic upbringing attract Justin’s curiosity and desire, but her true nature holds more danger than anyone realizes. As their investigation unfolds, Justin and Mae find themselves in the crosshairs of mysterious enemies. Powers greater than they can imagine have started to assemble in the shadows, preparing to reclaim a world that has renounced religion and where humans are merely gamepieces on their board.

It took me a long time to decide to read this book. I finally put it on hold at my library and when I got it I just went for it. Too bad I didn't realize how long it was when I started reading it during a busy week at work. Because it felt like it took me forever to get through. I did it though, I made it through. Surprisingly, I really liked this book. Once I started reading I realized how interesting it truly is.

I'm not going to go into the detail with the story like I normally do because it was such a long book and there were a lot of different ideas. The entire story is sort of a dystopian but kinda futuristic too. It's definitely different from what Mead normally writes but I don't think it takes anything away from the actual story. And the world that she creates is so interesting. Of course the characters are fantastic and flawed.

And while there have been a whole slew of dystopian books being released or just becoming really popular this book isn't like the masses. You're getting something a lot different. The main premise of the story and where the story is heading is something that I've not read before. Justin and Mae are the main characters and I was able to invest very quickly into their stories.

Although the book was longer than I expected, I will be reading the next book asap. I want to know more about these people and this world. I expect it's probably not for everyone but it's truly a good book. If you can deviate from what Richelle Mead usually writes, you'll be happy with your choice.


  1. I just bought this one fairly recently. I need to get to reading it. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I love Richelle Mead!

    1. I love her too. She's fantastic. And I really loved this book. I hope you enjoy it!

  2. It sounds good Amber, thanks for the review. I haven't read any books yet by this author, but I do have some on my shelves.


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