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This review is from: Gameboard of the Gods: Age of X #1 (Paperback)
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 the Vampire Academy ones and you really have to work to understand what is going on this new world she has created. You aren't handed anything on a plate - you have to wait to find out what gemmans, plebians, castes etc are but it is so worth the wait. Stories with Greek, Roman and Norse gods in are pretty thin on the ground - then make it futuristic sci-fi rather than urban fantasy and you've got a new market altogether. The ravens were the clue for me to where we were heading and I can't wait for the second book.
I was reminded of Jennifer Estep's 'Frost' series, Diana Wynne Jones' 'The Eight Days of Luke' and Tanya Huff's 'Summon the Keeper'. Unlike Kelley Armstrong who tried a move from urban fantasy to crime (Nadia Stafford stories) which failed miserably, Richelle Mead has made the leap to a different genre superbly.