Gameboard Of The Gods: Age Of X by Richelle MeadGameboard Of The Gods: Age Of X by Richelle Mead

Gameboard Of The Gods: Age Of X

byRichelle Mead

Mass Market Paperback | June 3, 2014

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The truth is, when you banish the gods from the world, they eventually come back—with a vengeance.
In the near future, Justin March lives in exile from the Republic of United North America. After failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims, Justin is surprised when he is sent back with a peculiar assignment—to solve a string of ritualistic murders steeped in seemingly unexplainable phenomena.
Justin’s return comes with an even bigger shock: His new partner and bodyguard, Mae Koskinen, is a prætorian, one of the Republic’s technologically enhanced supersoldiers. Mae’s inexplicable beauty and aristocratic upbringing attract Justin’s curiosity and desire, but her true nature holds more danger than anyone realizes.
As their investigation unfolds, Justin and Mae find themselves in the crosshairs of mysterious enemies. Powers greater than they can imagine have started to assemble in the shadows, preparing to reclaim a world that has renounced religion and where humans are merely gamepieces on their board.
Richelle Mead is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series. Her love of fantasy and science fiction began at an early age when her father read her Greek mythology and her brothers made her watch Flash Gordon. She went on to study folklore and religion in college, and when not writing, Richelle spends her tim...
Title:Gameboard Of The Gods: Age Of XFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 6.77 × 4.14 × 1.38 inPublished:June 3, 2014Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:045146799X

ISBN - 13:9780451467997

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gameboard of the Gods This book is really good. The story line is so intriguing and the characters are great.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal This book is absolutely amazing. It's inventive and a wonderful take on various mythologies. Fans of Richelle Mead won't be disappointed, and fans of legends, mythology, and dystopias will thoroughly enjoy it!
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I love Richelle's writing from the Vampire Academy series, and this was possibly even better. The world was very well developed and the characters were incredible. Can't wait to read more of this series, one of the best books I've read in a while.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you've come for the same 'feel' from her other series then this is not for you. I've been a fan of Mead ever since I've read her Vampire Academy series and it's continuation with the Bloodlines. So if you came here wanting to read (without an open mind) something similar to that then i guess you'd be disappointed. As some people have stated on goodreads. But i guess that's why sci-fi is not for everyone... I love the first two books in this series and i cannot wait for the third one >.< wish 2016 was near. review: The first book was nice. There was good pacing about it's world. (which isn't really different from today if you get to grasp it more. with a developed country known as the RUNA and a much more advanced society than ours.) You can definitely feel like this world she created could possible happen to us in the future. Which i would not mind at all since technology rocks there. The book is told in a third person multiple? Im not familiar with the correct term. So meaning not in first person. Which I think was a really clever way of writing this story because it fits it so well. For some reason It does not give you that bothersome feeling of being left out. It's like your reading as an audience rather than a participant. I dont know but it this style fits in really well. The characters are going to have a lot more character building and you will definitely see that in the second book. And Please Please watch out for this one character because he does something so frustrating. It was so unexpected so i guess that's where we see the plottwist. If you enjoy science and politics and other social problems I guess this book is for you. But Mead does not go into detail detail that it gets really boring just an appropriate amount to support the story.( support is not really the world because the story does revolve on those three things but i have no better way in explaining it) Maybe that's one of the reason some people do not like it? And if you are still iffy about it just read the book in the perspective of a person at that time period. Ask your self why the government would do these thing. ban those things. promote other stuff. Also the aspect of immigration which is found in our society today. plus how we ourselves look(good and bad) at other third world countries. So yeah just give this book a try because honestly it is not that hard to understand at all. And its a great read. It really makes you wonder why after all those years(in the book) we humans have not learned from our mistakes at all.
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sci-fi mystery- set up to a potentially great story arc At first I would say I disliked this book as it did lack the typical world building explanations which made it a little slow to get into and the characters remain somewhat of a mystery. However, the author's "jump in with both feet first" style of being immediately immersed in the book became more appreciated the more I read and the less time spent on the tedium of explanations. The more I read, the more this book became more of what I would classify as a sci-fi mystery and as a reader you looked for the gems of character building and realized that there are many plots and storylines building to what could be a large story arc. Have patience with this first book, the second one will grip you and the third I devoured. Now I have to patiently wait for the next installment.
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gameboard of godds Very interesting read. Will others by this author. I liked the character development. I hope author writes a sequel.
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Um... Whew. I don't even know what to say, but okay here it goes. The first 100 or so pages I was confused. Then the next 200 pages I was still confused. After that I just stopped caring. If I didn't read the synopsis I wouldn't have known what this RUNA the characters were talking about. It stands for the Republic of United North America. There is very little world building and no explanations of it whatsoever. Just random words that you literally have to assume what they mean. It was called the Decline and people died. No mention of it was a disease or virus or war. Just that Vancouver is the capital of the world now. And the city is clean and bright and civilized. Outside of RUNA, it's not. People breed like bunnies and have religions where in RUNA, you have mythological cults that are shut down by servitors if they're doing illegal things. Um what?! Then there's the crazy rating system of how genetically perfect someone's genes and looks are, that they base them on a scale of 1-10. Talk about the craziest caste system I have ever read in a book. Oh and did I mention the plot? Two main characters have to figure out who is murdering these beautiful blessed people by the end of four weeks. And add in the random conversations of three RAVEN GODS talking to one of our main characters in his head. UM WHAT?! Lol I didn't even bother wanting to find out about that.. Yep I couldn't take it anymore. Dropped it halfway through and couldn't even fathom this was written by Richelle. It was boring so boring. SO MUCH DIALOGUE. I just couldn't keep going. I gave if a shot but I just don't want to bother.
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gameboard of the Gods Fantastic book! Love this author and was not disappointed with her latest series. I felt a little lost in the beginning but it all came together nicely in the last few chapters. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2014-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gameboard of the Gods Gameboard of the Gods is Richelle Mead's best work so far! The novel displays a level of complexity seen in her previous novels but has an extra level of maturity that easily makes it this reader's favourite book by this author in many years.
Date published: 2014-02-06

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CHAPTER 1SHE USUALLY WEARS BLACKMae dealt out death regularly. It really wasn’t a problem.Death was clean on the battlefield, and there was no reason to dwell on what it meant. The kills were just mission objectives, and the people weren’t really people at all. It was you or them. And when the fight was done, you could just walk away.But today? There was no walking away. Today, she was walking toward death, and that scared the hell out of her. Not much else did these days.With a deep breath, she leaned her cheek against the living room mirror, closing her eyes and taking comfort in the way the glass cooled her skin. She repeated the soldier’s creed over and over in her head, using the familiar words to steady herself: I am a soldier of the Republic. I do not serve my own will but that of my country. I am its tool and will gladly lay down my life to further this nation’s glory. I am a soldier of the Republic. I do not serve my own will but that of my country….A knock at the door startled her out of her mantra, and she straightened up. Another deep breath calmed the shaking of her hands, and she pushed her emotions into a far compartment in her mind. Locked away, those feelings could not touch her. They were powerless, and she was free. She double-checked her face in the mirror, but it gave nothing away. It was blank. Empty. In control.Dag and Val were at the door, as she’d known they’d be. They greeted her with forced smiles that were a far cry from their usual happy-go-lucky selves. Both wore uniforms identical to hers: a mandarin-collared black jacket over black pants with black boots. Black everywhere. Even the buttons were black. The only color came from a scarlet pip on the collar, standing out like a drop of blood. To the inexperienced eye, these uniforms looked no different from the ones the prætorians usually wore into battle. To Mae, who could see and feel the dressy fabric of their formal attire, the uniform seemed flimsy and brought back her earlier fears of vulnerability. Being weaponless wasn’t helping matters.“Here to babysit me?” she asked.“Who said anything about babysitters?” Dag was always quick with a smile, though his eyes betrayed him that morning. “We’re just a bunch of friends going out together.”“You make it sound like we’re going to a bar,” Mae said. She walked back to the mirror and examined the braided bun she’d so painstakingly worked on. Grimacing, she pulled out the hairpins and began unraveling it all.Val made herself comfortable on the arm of the couch, lazy and limber as a cat, even under these circumstances. “What are you doing?”“It’s messy,” Mae said.“There wasn’t a hair out of place,” protested Val.Mae didn’t answer. In the mirror, she saw her friends exchange troubled glances behind her. It’s worse than I thought,Val seemed to be saying. Dag’s expression said he was in agreement but didn’t entirely know how to handle it. Snapping a neck, lifting weights, donut-eating contests. Those were in his comfort zone. Therapy? Less so.It wasn’t part of Val’s skill set either. Neither knew quite what to do with Mae, and she certainly wasn’t going to help them out—because she didn’t want them to do anything. She wanted them to treat her in their usual flippant way. And what she wanted most was for this day to be over, so that life could return to normal.“How many times have you braided it today?” Val’s voice was uncharacteristically gentle.“It’s not right,” Mae said, dodging the question. This was actually the eighth time she’d braided her hair. She kept pulling so tightly that her scalp had started to turn red, though the tiny metal implant in her arm dutifully dulled the pain. “You wouldn’t understand.”Neither Val nor Dag ever had hair problems. Dag always kept his dark hair closely shaved, and Val wore hers in a pixie cut that suited her diminutive frame. I should cut mine, Mae thought. She’d considered it a hundred times but could never bring herself to do it.“It’s okay, you know. Grief is a normal part of the, um, process.” Dag had apparently been reading self-help books before coming over. “You can even cry.”“Why would I do that?” Mae pulled so hard on a strand of hair that she winced.“Because that’s what people do when they lose someone they care about,” said Val. “You’re so tightly wound up that you’ll explode if you don’t relax. And do not undo that. It’s fine.”Mae had just finished her hair again, neatly wrapping the braid into a perfect knot above the back of her neck. She really was on the verge of pulling it out again when Val grabbed her arm. “Enough, Mae. We’re going to be late.”It was another bad sign, Val’s using her real name instead of her pet name, Finn. But Mae couldn’t deny her friend’s point. It was time to go. With one last glance in the mirror, she let them lead her outside to the subway entrance across the street. They took the blue line out to the base, earning a number of startled looks from other passengers. Prætorians weren’t that common outside of military and federal centers. A group of them was especially unusual. The passengers kept their distance and glanced around the train uneasily, wondering if they should expect a terrorist attack.The threesome ended up reaching the base early, but plenty of other prætorians were already entering the ceremonial hall. And here, Mae faltered, stopping just outside the entrance. The spring sunshine was far too bright and cheery for a day like today. Dag touched her arm. “You okay?”“You don’t have to go,” Val told her.Mae saluted the flag overhead and continued forward to the hand scanner. “Everything’s fine.”Neat rows of chairs filled the hall, which was nearly packed with prætorians. The news had come in less than a week ago, and it would have taken a fair amount of scrambling to pull so many of the guard back in from their scattered assignments. Some wouldn’t be here, of course. It was the nature of the job. But the death of a prætorian was so monumental that their superiors would’ve certainly done whatever they could to ensure a good showing.Although there was no official seating chart, the prætorians were gathering in cohorts. Val waved at someone across the room. The Scarlets had already taken a middle position and were beckoning them over. Val and Dag started to head in that direction, but Mae stopped again, allowing her eyes to focus on the front of the hall.There’d been no body to recover, but they’d still set out a casket made of a dark, gleaming wood. Prætorian black. A swath of indigo silk covered it, with the RUNA’s flag draped over that. Piles of gardenias sat on either side, their softness contrasting with the clean lines of the casket.Not caring if Val and Dag followed her or not, Mae turned toward the center aisle that led straight to the shrine. A bubble of emotion—sorrow and panic combined—began to rise within her, and she staunchly pushed it down. Throwing back her shoulders, holding her chin high, she began the impossibly long walk toward the front of the room. People stepped aside for her, and those who hadn’t noticed her before now stopped to stare. She ignored those looks, along with the whispers that soon followed. She kept her gaze fixed firmly ahead, silently repeating the creed: I am a soldier of the Republic. I do not serve my own will but that of my country. Those words were echoed by her mother’s, spoken so many years ago: You can ignore the rest because you’re better than them. Empty yourself of all feeling, because if they can’t see it, then they can’t use it against you.

Editorial Reviews

“This brilliant book is a miracle. Think American Gods with the romantic heart of Vampire Academy. What's the point of world-building if you aren't building something and someone to love? I'm in love with every character in this book. How do I know? When I got to the last page I turned to the first and started again, thinking this is why I read.”-Margaret Stohl, New York Times bestselling author Icons“Vivid world-building, whip-fast pacing, and a layered plot combine to make Gameboard of the Gods a riveting read!”-Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of The Arrivals"The book is fast paced and suspenseful...A promising first book in a projected series." - Booklist“This brilliant book is a miracle. Think American Gods with the romantic heart of Vampire Academy. What’s the point of world-building if you aren’t building something and someone to love? I’m in love with every character in this book. How do I know? When I got to the last page I turned to the first and started again, thinking this is why I read.”—Margaret Stohl, New York Times bestselling author of Icons “A genuinely interesting, well-written, entertaining story…Justin and Mae have real chemistry.”— “This book is fast-paced and suspenseful…a promising first book in a projected series.”—Booklist “Provocative and dark—Gameboard of the Gods is epic in scale and impossible to put down.”—Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures series “It’s dark, it’s fantastical, and the chemistry is just wow!”—USA Today “After years of YA, [Mead] has finally returned to her adult roots with an ambitious (and sexy!) sci-fi outing.”—Entertainment Weekly