Age Of X

Most people who know the author Richelle Mead are familiar with her work Vampire Academy. While I must admit, those books are how I found her. Since then, I have since become a huge fan of her writing and have followed all of her stories.
One of my favorite stories of hers, however, is not a YA (gasp!) it is actually an ADULT Fantasy series, but it is absolutely AMAZING. Here’s why:

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Book Stats:

  • Title: Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X Series)
  • Author: Richelle Mead
  • Original Publish Date: June 4, 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Followed By: Immortal Crown, Age of Andromeda (TBR)
OVERVIEW
Set in the near future, the world has been plagued by disease and divided into different territories. The strongest of these is the RUNA (Republic of United North America), who has put strict regulations on all religion in order to protect the world from falling to fanatics once again. One of the people who works hardest to prevent this is Justin March, a brilliant Servitor who makes sure that religious practices are kept neatly under wraps. But lately, things have been changing in the RUNA and it is out of the government’s hands.
Tasked with finding out what is  happening, Justin is placed under the protection of the beautiful but deadly Praetorian, Mae Koskinen and sent off to discover the problem and stomp it out.
Unbeknownst to him, Mae has her own reasons for wanting to leave the RUNA, a family secret that has haunted her for years. But bigger things are at stake than either Justin or Mae could imagine, and no matter how hard they, or the RUNA want to keep religion under wraps, the world has become a Gameboard for the Gods, and they are ready to play.
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REVIEW
I have been a fan of Richelle Mead’s work since I first read the Vampire Academy books, so I went into Gameboard of the Gods with pretty high expectations. It did not disappoint. True to form, Ms. Mead creates an incredible world with amazing character development. As I was reading, I couldn’t help but falling in love with (and/or hating) the characters I was reading about. Justin is snarky but endearing, Geraki is infuriating, Mae’s family is detestable, and that’s exactly how it was intended to be. Of course, I absolutely ADORED Mae. She is a strong, well-spoken, beautiful, and classy lady who can also kick some serious ass. I mean, seriously, she’s everything I want to be.
Outside of the phenomenal characters, I also loved the concept of a dystopian world being fought over by all of the different gods and goddesses in history. I am a HUGE mythology nerd so having the plot revolve around all of the mythological figures and their involvement in the future of the RUNA raised the stakes and took me to my happy place.
Last but not least, Mead’s writing is simply phenomenal. She is a great storyteller – whether it be her character details, dialogue, setting descriptions, or action scenes. It’s all amazing. If I ever need to get lost in another world, Mead’s books are always on my go to list – it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve read them, they never get old.
So, if you are ever looking for a great escape into a fantastic world with gods, soldiers, crazy religious fanatics, romance, intrigue, and more – pick up the Gameboard of the Gods (and you might as well grab the Immortal Crown because you will want to read it IMMEDIATELY) – you won’t be disappointed.
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Have you read any of Richelle’s work? 
What’s your favorite? I want to know!
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