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Richelle Mead
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6 Jun 2013 Age of X

Gameboard of the Gods is the first thrilling instalment in the Age of X series from New York Times bestselling author, Richelle Mead

In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America. 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.

Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders and 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.

The Age of X is a brand new fantasy series containing all the mythological intrigue and relentless action of the bestselling Vampire Academy and Bloodlines YA series, and is sure to delight fans of Chloe Neill and Jim Butcher.

Praise for Richelle Mead:

'The book is fast-paced and suspenseful' Booklist

'An engaging read, with an unusually tangible, believable, living story world, featuring a protagonist of unexpected depth and sympathy' Jim Butcher (on Succubus Blues)

Richelle Mead, the New York Times bestselling author of Vampire Academy, lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and baby. Gameboard of the Gods is the first in the Age of X series and Richelle's first adult novel.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Jun 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 140591355X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405913553
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Richelle Mead has an MA in comparative Religion and a passion for all things wacky and humorous. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and four cats. Late night musings and updates about her new books can be found at:

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The book is fast-paced and suspenseful' (Booklist)

An engaging read, with an unusually tangible, believable, living story world, featuring a protagonist of unexpected depth and sympathy (Jim Butcher (on Succubus Blues))

About the Author

Richelle Mead, the New York Times bestselling author of Vampire Academy, lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and baby. Gameboard of the Gods is the first in the Age of X series and Richelle's first adult novel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 23 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First of all let me say that I didn’t finish this book, I only made it to 39%, so my review and rating is on the part that I read.

I had a problem with this book for the get go and that problem was the world building. GotG is set in the future but we are not told anything about this new world. Now I hate it when an author dumps a load of info on you but some background knowledge wouldn’t go a miss, but we aren’t told anything. Now up to the point where I read you get a vague idea of what is going on but not enough and this is a shame because it looks to be an interesting future.

The next thing that didn’t grab me were the characters. Justin, I didn’t particularly like and Mae was just nothing, I didn’t like her but I didn’t dislike her also. Maybe this is to do with where they geographically grew up because one of the other characters in the story, Tessa, grew up in a different region was very likeable. The story is also told from the third person POV which I don’t think helped at all.

The last thing was the actual murder plot. This felt like a back story and was so insignificant that I forgot all about it until it was mentioned again. Then I would be all ‘oh yes they are meant to be solving a murder’.

Whilst reading I felt rather mechanical in turning the pages rather than wanting to know what is going to happen next. I found that my attention drifted and finally I decided life was too short to read books that don’t hook me when there are so many other books out there that will. Maybe this is just a case of it’s me not you because I one of my friends has read GotG and loved it. With that I am giving this book 2 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exhilarating, gripping read. 17 July 2013
The world building is so extensive and detailed that I can see it vividly in my mind and I feel like I know everything about the RUNA and the provinces. I can't wait for the second book so I can (hopefully?) learn about the EA.

The plot is full of action and excitement, with everything from ritualistic murders to talking ravens. The Gods and religions of Gameboard of The Gods are fascinating without being outlandish. The reasons for The Decline of the world are feasible enough that it reads as a real frightening possibility. Not to mention that I am sure that somewhere today there exists Praetorians! Don't try to convince me that there isn't a geneticist engineering super soldiers, because I'm certain there is.

The characters, Mae and Justin, were strong and unlike any characters I've read before. I'd go so far to say that I love Justin and Mae as much as Mead's other main characters, which is something I didn't expect. Justin was hilarious in parts and heart-breaking in others. Mae was vulnerable, brave, and badass. Tessa was an absolute sweetheart. And Magnus and Horatio are the best characters to ever have been written. I want my own ravens.

I'm not sure what I expected from this book, but I never thought I would love it as much as I did. Richelle's writing is brilliant, with intricate descriptions and emotive dialogue. I fell in love with Gameboard of The Gods within ten percent of reading it, and it is now my favourite Richelle Mead novel - even over the brilliant Bloodlines and Vampire Academy.

I impatiently await the sequel, and recommend that everyone buy this book as soon as possible!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 9 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Justin is in exile until Mae approaches him and he discovers RUNA want him back for one job, a job which suits his particular talents. The outcome of this job may decide his future - and he only has a month to solve several murders and stop the next one from happening. He also has to fight his attraction to Mae for reasons known to himself (and those who have finished the book - no spoilers!) and look after a 16 year old with talents similar to his - the power of observation.

I liked Mead's Vampire Academy series but not her adult series (the succubus one) so I was both looking forward to and wary of this one - I'm glad to say it was worthy of looking forward to status. I really enjoyed the world she's written in this book and also the characters. Both Mae and Justin are fun (although Justin can be a tad egotistical and obnoxious at times - he kind of has his reasons), but I did like Mae more. I think it's the whole kick-ass woman thing - I can't help it, it's a big seller to me.

Big recommendation to any Mead fans and also to any dystopian & god-based-book fans. It seems to have a place for all gods, not just ones of a particular mythology. Can't wait to read the next one
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Age of X book 1 5 Jun 2013
By Kate Phillips TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I had high hopes for this book, the blurb sounds amazing and Richelle Mead is one of my favourite authors of all time. She has a way of writing male characters that I fall in love with and female characters that I want to be like. In many ways this is exactly what I got from Gameboard of the Gods, the idea is amazing and the characters very likeable yet there was just something missing for me and I didn't like this at much as I wanted to.

The world building and storyline is strong which is exactly what I would expect from someone like Mead. This is an awesome idea and there were moments that really came alive for me. Unfortunately there were a few times, especially in the beginning where I wasn't really sure what was going on. There was so much to take in and I found myself a little confused but settled in after a while.

I really loved the characters. Mae is strong, independent and completely kickass. I admired her strength and courage. She was not just muscle she was also caring and at times considerate and I like the journey she is beginning to take. I didn't really want to love Justin because there are aspects of him that I didn't like but I just couldn't help myself. He was completely adorable and I just wanted to smooch him.

I was unsure of the romance and I think that despite loving Justin I don't know if I like him as the love interest. I failed to see the chemistry that Mead is normally so good at and it was a big disappointment.

Another issue was the length, I thought it was just far too long and that there was maybe something's that just were not needed. It started so well but eventually felt like a bit of a chore and I felt like it could have been shorter.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacked something for me.
So I've been trying to do this review for a few weeks now, but I keep putting it off. And I think I know why. Read more
Published 3 months ago by StacieSnape
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait
I can't wait for the next installement to come out, once again Richelle mead has convinced me off her wisdom and talent.
Published 3 months ago by Little ek
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I loved this book almost from the get go. The characters are interesting, the world building is well done, and the god plot line was able to draw me in. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
I enjoyed this book, maybe not as much as some of Richelle Mead's other series such as Vampire Academy or The Succubus Blues, but I thought it was very well written and I couldn't... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nicola
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and engaging
I loved it! Really original and beautifully written.
I'm not much of a reader - but this book totally engaged me... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kit Murdock
5.0 out of 5 stars Best christmas present for 2013!
I saved this book to read when I had a decent amount of time off work and I'm so glad I did. It's easy to forget how well Richelle Mead writes adult novels with so much focus on... Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - need book 2 please!
I have read the Dark Swan series previously and enjoyed them, so when I saw this I went for it even though it didn't sound like my kind of book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by JANE CLELLAND
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new series
Mead's writing has grown up!! She has created an excellent 'post apocalyptic' sci-fi/fantasy world with complex characters and story lines. Absolutely hooked!
Published 10 months ago by F. Haq
5.0 out of 5 stars by god its good!
another cracking read by richelle mead. completely took me by surprise as its so unlike her other books. its very complicated but gripping once it all starts falling into place.
Published 11 months ago by lottielooe
4.0 out of 5 stars Game board of the gods
This book was different from Richelle Meads usual books, I wasn't sure I would like a futuristic story line because I am not a big fan of sci-fi and the two usually go together,... Read more
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