Gameboard Of The Gods – Review


Gameboard of The Gods

By Richelle Mead


Expected Publication: June 2013

Length: 448 pages


Publisher: Penguin Books Australia

Source: ARC from Netgalley

Genre:  Dystopian

Series: Age of x

Read If you liked:  Mythology

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Synopsis from Goodreads

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 Xseries, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such mega successes: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense

 My Review:


Let me first say that I am a huge, Richelle Mead Fan, I have read all her books and loved every one of them.  I also understand that Richelle was trying to incorporate her love of mythology into a brand new series completely different to all her other books.  Unfortunately and I hate to say this, I almost DNF it. The first 50% of the book was so boring and confusing, I could not get a handle on her world building, I could not understand what the castes ment,  nor did I understand what half the terminology was supposed to mean.

This was disappointing and heartbreaking for me. At 60% I decided to call it quits, I just felt there was no action and the plot was too confusing the POV kept switching between Mae a highly trained Military Assassin, Justin an exiled Government Agency worker and Tess a Teenager. I just felt that I could not connect with any of the characters however thankfully I was talking about the book to my fellow blogger friends and Jaclyn from told me to persist that It gets better so I did.

Wow after 60% mark I could not put this book down, it was what I hoped for, Action, Mythology, everything I didn’t understand in the first half of the book was explained and the characters became more personable. It is just a shame I had to wait so long for it too kick in.

I am going to give the same advice given to me don’t give up try to finish it, It does get better.  I will read the next in the series, hopefully I won’t have to wait till halfway through the book to enjoy it.



12 thoughts on “Gameboard Of The Gods – Review

  1. I’m so glad you didn’t quit! Kudos to Jaclyn for giving you the keep reading pep talk. I will keep that in mind when I crack open this book later in the summer. I am a huge Mead fan too. I miss so many of her characters. I hope the next one jumps right into the action and storytelling instead of filler and backstory.

  2. I’m also such a fan of Richelle Mead and I really liked this book. I have to agree that it was quite confusing a times. Richelle even made a glossary, which is kind of a sign it’s going to get complicated, and I think she could have simplified it. I’m glad you kept going, it does get more exciting as you get nearer the end. Great review 🙂

    • Thanks, Is the glossary in the print book? I thought that would have been handy trying to work out what the words meant. I have an arc ebook and It doesn’t include a glossary.

  3. I’m so glad that after investing all that time that you did complete it to get to the good stuff! I know it really is a shame that it takes so long to get there, but after all that reading you deserve some enjoyable parts to the book 😀 I agree with you about it being so confusing and hard to connect with for so long. Thank you for giving me a shout-out too – that was very sweet! I hope that the second one has what we are looking for as well. Wonderful review, I know that it was a hard one 😀 Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

    • The worst was trying to work out how many hearts to give it. I have never read a book before that was so conflicting. but I really did enjoy the second half thanks for telling me to keep going.

  4. I’m glad you finished it too!! I thought the first half was slow too, but the second half was awesome!! I love Richelle’s work too… I’ve read everything like you, so it was a big change to read this one.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  6. Hey, this is very timely advice!

    Having just started reading Gameboard of the Gods I have to confess it seems soooo un-Richelle-like writing. I fell in love with her from reading and truly loving Georgina Kincaid so this new series is very different. I’ll follow your advice and keep going – hopefully the story does pick-up!

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