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.
That’s more or less what happened with Ms Mead’s newest release, Gameboard of the Gods. In order to finish the novel for a review, I had to skim it. I really hate doing that, but it was the only way for me to get through it. It had some moments but not enough to hold my attention.
I’m not an expert on the way Ms Mead writes. It felt disjointed to me. Explanations for terms I would have liked to have had were not provided until pages and pages later. It interrupted the flow for me.
The opening segment really captured my attention and then I felt thrown into a spin by the next. Ms Mead did tie scenes together and gave a brief overview of the world building. It wasn’t enough for me.
The characters with the exception of Tessa left me a little cold. I had no connection with either of the stars: Finn (Mae) or Justin. I kept expecting something to happen to change my feelings and it didn’t.
The premise of the novel sounded good. I will say the ending was well played and very intriguing. If I hadn’t just struggled through the rest, it was almost enough to make me want to read the next novel. Maybe if you’re a huge Richelle Mead fan, you’ll love it. I tried very hard and couldn’t.
Gameboard of the Gods in available in hardcover at $17.78, paperback at $7.19 and Kindle at $10.99. If you collect Ms Mead's books, buy it; if not I'd check it out at the library.