Review: ‘Gameboard of the Gods’ by Richelle Mead

Review: ‘Gameboard of the Gods’ by Richelle MeadGameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
Published by Dutton Adult on June 4th, 2013
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 446
Format: ARC
Source: trade
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.

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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.



You don’t like people making assumptions about you, but you don’t want to show them the truth either. (46)
Men like him get that self-assured because they know they’re good in bed. (47)
You like to be in control. And you’re afraid for me or anyone—to see you lose it. To see your emotions inbound. To see your soul. (49)
Revealing her ignorance would be a weakness. (109)
My stunning good looks are ruined. How will I get by in the world now? (141)
Don’t listen to the promises of men, even ones who mean well. Take care of yourself. (168)

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  1. Kelsey

    March 8, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    I’ve never read anything by thta author but I’m probably going to steer clear of this one if I ever do. It’s defintiely not something I’d be interested in. Thanks for sharing!

    • giselle

      March 8, 2015 at 7:55 PM

      Yea definitely steer clear. It wasn’t what I expected at all. It felt like someone else wrote it or something. Start with her Vampire Academy series if you do

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