Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Review: Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead



Series: Age of X
Published: 6/4/2013
Rating: 4 stars
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17999706-gameboard-of-the-gods

Official Blurb:

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

Review (may contain spoilers):



Gameboard of the Gods centers around a young woman named Mae,  a complex genetically altered super soldier with a high born background. In a society plagued with a disease called Cain, Mae's beautiful pure blooded nordic features and high genetic score made her destined to become a very wealthy aristocratic wife, whom would be sentenced to nothing more than having children, studying limited fields, and service to her husband.  Her decision to forego tradition and join the army rocks her family’s life style and forever changes her life as she knows it.

Despite his reknowned brillance, Dr. Justin March is a womanizer whom has had more than his share of run ins with outraged husbands and fathers in his day. Justin relys on drinking and drugs to function throughout his day. I'll admit openly that upon meeting Justin March's character in this book, I didn't know whether to smack the ever loving tar out of him or love him. His over-confidence in his observational skills at times gets him into trouble. Justin's trying to out run a god-given prophecy. Yet, after a one night stand in a chance meeting with Mae, he realizes that she isn't whom she pretended to be and that his prophecy has come home to roost. 

'"The old guy said I'd only need one woman, and that the one he'd send me would mirror me in light and shadow, that I'd know her by a crown of flowers...He said she'd be carved of fire and ice, that she'd scorch me in my bed and live and die for me outside of it."

Mead stepped out of her comfort zone with this newest series. While an expert on writing steamy, love stories and action sequences, Mead's ability to describe almost every aspect of this society is mind-boggling. This futuristic society is compiled between two major players: RUNA (Republic of the United North America) and EA (Eastern Alliance). The rest of the world lies in state of ruin. These outer providences have declined back into almost an Neanderthalic societies. Her attention to detail and beautiful descriptions makes the reader feel as if they are a part of Mae and Justin’s world.  Gameboard of the Gods gives the reader a fresh take on mythology and religion in this new, beautifully described world.  You will find yourself sucked into this new series and never wanting to leave.

 

 

 

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