Saturday, May 11, 2013

ARC SPOT: Gameboard of the Gods

Richelle Mead is one of those authors who has the midas pen.  All of her series have been breathtakingly amazing and across genres. For all ages and ranges, Richelle Mead has something for everyone. Gameboard of the Gods breaks out into her new series Age Of X, and it is her 20th novel.

Gameboard of the Gods
Rachelle Mead
Release Date: 6.4.13
ISBN: 9780525953685
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Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)

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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.

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“A woman among women. Can’t you see the stars and flowers?”

            Renowned author Richelle Mead has broken out with a whole new series filled with myth, magic, and mayhem that surrounds people influenced by their gods, or lack thereof. Off with a fantastic start, Gameboard of the Gods captures readers with Mead’s world and character building while filling in with action and adventure; keeping the pages turning. The old myths just got more real as Gameboard of the Gods hits shelves this year.

            Justin March was an instrument of his government, until one day he questioned a religion he was sent to investigate, unleashing a girth of questions that quickly got him exiled from his homeland. Cast off from his homeland of RUNA, a highly desired country ripe with insecurities of its populous. Justin has been struggling to survive in another country that has a great dislike for individuals, since many societies are built on a caste system, or ideological dynamics such as Justin had previously investigated for his government, and staying alive is his new belief. With gods hunting them, one inhabiting him; keeping sane is complicated.

            Mae Koskinen has never questioned her faith in her uniform or all that her position dictates as being a praetorian, basically a super warrior, for her country. Enhanced to be the perfect warrior to increase the land of RUNA, a battle rich collective vying to increase land and vying for resources to develop their country more while tampering down religious beliefs and demanding obedience from its populous, Mae is finding that she may have been given a tricky assignment.

            Justin has been handpicked by gods to do their bidding, but he has bypassed becoming a servant of a god by technicalities. Now as Mae comes into his life, those technicalities are put on the line as he soon realizes that not only may Mae be under the influence of gods also, but she may be the woman that he has had prophesized by his god’s ravens which inhabit his body. The plot thickens has Mae keeps strong in her country RUNA’s beliefs of no gods, even as events around her are becoming something other than any rational explanation. Justin tries to ignore the warnings of the ravens which inhabit him as he becoming more entangled into the mystical world, dragging Mae forefront into her fears of gods and their devout subjects.

            Gameboard of the Gods is a riveting read filled with twists and suspense, stewed in dogma and jurisdiction of countries and their beliefs. Richelle Mead breaks out into this world filled with magic and ignorance just as the people are at a cusp of revolution. When Mead builds a world, she goes all out creating a whole new host of enigmatic 

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