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An exhilarating, gripping read.
on 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!