Review: Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead



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 megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.


Hi, Amy here. It’s been a while since I wrote a review, but that is because I was busy reading this beauty. Richelle has done it again. I fell in love with Vampire Academy, then Bloodlines and I bought GotG two years ago when I was in Florida. When I read it the first time, I was wow-ed, and because I just bought the sequel, I thought I’d read this book again to freshen up my memory. It’s a difficult book to review, because it’s so detailed, but I’m going to give it a try anway. So here we go. 

“We’re pieces on a gameboard, Dr. March, and some of us are more powerful than others. You. Me. Her. We’re the ones the gods want. We’re the ones they’re fighting over.”

Justin March, a man end twenties-begin thirties, is an investigator, an evitor. In the RUNA, The Republic of United North America, pursueing a religion is prohibited. Only if you have a license for a church you’re off the hook or if you go to the State’s church: The Church of Human.
But Justin doesn’t live in the RUNA anymore because he got exiled, and now he lives in the provinces, Panama City to be exact. Until, the state brings him back, because murders are happening and Justin is the only one who can help. He gets assigned a bodygoard, a praetorian called Mae Koskinen. She’s beautiful, tall, strong and fights for her country. Like all praetorians she has an implant that helps her fight, that makes her stronger than normal people. The implant also causes that she doesn’t need sleep and that alcohol doesn’t make her drunk. Together they go on this difficult quest to find out who the killer is.

“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.”

Apart from Justin and Mae’s point of views, there’s a third one and it’s from 16-year-old Tessa’s eyes. She’s a provincial girl from Panama City and her father is good friends with Justin. When Justin gets the chance to go back to the RUNA he arranges a student visa for Tessa so she can go to school there and get an education. And she’s amazing. Smart, curious, funny and she knows how to talk back.

“I can understand bitchiness in any language.”

Richelle is a great writer, and I loved this book, but it’s so detailed and such a different world than what you’re used to. You start the book, and it feels like you fall halfway into the story. So at first you don’t understand much and are really confused but you have to read on, because the story is worth it. Also, it’s quite a heavy read in comparison to VA and Bloodlines, but that makes the story so good.

The truth is, when you banish the gods from the world, they eventually come back—with a vengeance.

amy calloway sisters

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