I have wanted to get my hands on this book for quite a while. The futuristic world combined with mythology and action hits all my buttons. Right from the first page Gameboard of the Gods reminded me of Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series with a dash of J.D. Robb. Thank goodness it is the start of a series called The Age of X. Mae and Justin are interesting characters in their own right as well as together. Mae is tough and vulnerable, such an amazing combo. Justin is arrogant and a little hard to like at first but I warmed up to him quick. The world building is so intricate and is just as intriguing as the plot. I read slowly and carefully because I didn’t want to miss a single thing. It was excruciating because I wanted to see what was going to happen next! There are several layers to the plot; politically, mythically, not to mention personally between Mae and Justin that are handled so deftly that I can’t help but give Gameboard of the Gods 4 and ½ stars!
Mae is part of an elite group of soldiers for the country RUNA, a conglomeration, part of the USA and Canada. She was a member of this world’s version of the aristocracy and caused quite a stir when she walked away to join the military. She does something quite out of character and gets suspended from regular duty. She is charged with retrieving an exiled servitor named Justin as punishment. Servitors are agents of the government who investigate and control religious groups. Religions are restricted and are not allowed to gain power in this new world. Justin is in Panama, seen as an uncivilized backwater as it is not part of RUNA. From the moment they meet, there is an inexplicable attraction between them. Desperate to go back to his old life in the pristine RUNA, Justin bargains with his old boss. Catch the killer or be banished from the RUNA and lose the chance to be with Mae?
Richelle Mead, the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines YA series—whose books have sold more than one million copies in hardcover—debuts on the Dutton list with Gameboard of the Gods, the first novel in her Age of X series.
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.