Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead is seriously one of my favorite authors. She’s written two, no three great Young Adult series that hold a very dear place in my heart. While she does have two other adult series and a standalone novel, this is the first of those adult series that I have read. Now let’s get this party started.


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.

-Via Goodreads


I don’t even know where to start, as is usually the case. I have officially become obsessed. It’s hard not to get caught up in the elaborate world(s) Richelle Mead creates.

While this novel is told in third person omnipotent, it’s not very difficult to keep track of who the narrator is following. In this particular novel, the story follows Mae, Justin, and Teresa, a.k.a Tessa. Three very different characters who have a very interesting relationship. Not only that but they are in completely different places in their lives when first introduced.

Tessa is a girl from a rural area of the country after everything has become organized and like super futuristic. Mae is feels like she’s being punished after a fight that occurred at a funeral. And Justin is just being his usual, charming self, but this time it’s in exile.

It’s such an intricate world. The country has no religion yet it allows certain religions to continue practice. The regular civilians are afraid of the country’s super-soldiers. Not only that, but most of the people are referred to in the same way that the Romans referred to their people. There were the patricians and the plebeians. And apparently there’s people that are prejudice towards both groups.

I think my favorite part about this whole novel was the mystery surrounding the deaths of all the nearly perfect people. By this, I mean the people who, after several diseases affected the population for years, had nearly perfect health. Mae is one of those perfect patricians. And that mystery is kind of insane.

Like, how does Richelle come up with these intricate mysteries? And can we talk about the budding romance between Mae and Justin? They seem to compliment each other but they have such a tense relationship. Literally, their entire relationship is hilarious and so tense. Like super tense. There’s this whole issue with lying and some kind of crazy deal with a god.

I hope that eventually Richelle continues with this series after completing The Glittering Court series. I had such a great time reading this and really want the other books in the series to also be published. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


Links for Purchasing:

Amazon (Hardcover)

Amazon (Kindle)

B&N (paperback)

B&N (Nook)

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