“Great read. A little hard to get into at first, with all the vocab that comes with this imaginary world, but once I got into it I was captivated. The characters are so complex... Mae's seeming perfection and strength combined with her vulnerability as well as Justin's brilliance and confidence...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Justin March was exiled for daring to include a supernatural event in one of his investigative reports. But that paranormal knowledge actually winds up being his ticket back home when a string of ritualistic murders turns up, and he's the only one with the expertise to track down the culprit....”see full review » see other reviews »
“So, I was so excited about this book! I mean, it's Richelle Mead. For me, she can hardly do anything wrong. Well, maybe I'll have to start stressing the "hardly". Because for some reason, I couldn't quite get into this book. Maybe it's because it's aimed at adults, but I really enjoyed the Georgina Kincaid series... maybe it was the setting, but I normally love dystopia. Maybe it was the mix.
I still enjoyed reading it, all in all. The middle part extremely dragged for me. I could hardly find the motivation to continue reading. Luckily I did, because the ending saved it a little bit. I enjoyed the characters and the writing. The world building was well done, although I was a little confused at first concerning the genetic scale, but it's okay because eventually I got it.
So, do I recommend this book? I'm actually not quite sure. If you enjoy sci-fi books, military settings, or maybe just Richelle Mead's books, then I think you might like this. I'm heavily influenced by YA books, which may be why I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.”
“Great read. A little hard to get into at first, with all the vocab that comes with this imaginary world, but once I got into it I was captivated. The characters are so complex... Mae's seeming perfection and strength combined with her vulnerability as well as Justin's brilliance and confidence paired with fears and self-doubt.. Love that there is fast-paced action as well as emotion and depth. I thoroughly enjoyed the unravelling of the plot as well as the characters. Long but worth it. ”tal982 wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is an instant favorite for me, containing many elements I find I enjoy in books. Some of these include:
--interesting multidimensional characters (who can show weakness and attraction without resembling puddles)
--a futuristic dystopian world that is also influenced by Ancient Rome (awesome!)
--thought-provoking commentary on things like religion in society, genetic engineering/modification
--enough action and romance to keep everyone happy.
Other things I thoroughly enjoy is that the working of this world/society are told over time. No arbitrary rundowns at the beginning of the book. You learn about this fascinating society via Tessa, who is just as new to it all as you the reader. There are some unresolved elements, particularly pertaining to Justin & Mae - but Richelle Mead has never made it easy for her characters, has she? Needless to say, I am looking forward to the next book in the series!”
“I really like this new novel by Mead. I like the world she creared and the dynamic of how the main characters are reacting to things out of their control. I will definitely read the next one.”Faerie Mel wrote this review Monday, September 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love this new book and can't wait for the next one”Ann wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is differant from Richelle's usually style but it is also good that it is differant. A lot of the reviewers complain that it moves to slow and like any first book in a complicated series, it does have a lot to set up and at times it does move slow but i think because I know it's Richelle and i've loved everything she has written and because I listened to it and it has the same narrator as her Bloodlines and Vampire Academy series it kept me interested the whole way through. I think you don't really understand the title until the very end then once you are finished everything makes more sense and I can't wait for the next one so give this book a chance it's slow but worth it ”Heather P wrote this review Thursday, September 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very well written, good character development. Interesting story which sets up the foundation for a series of books. When considered along side Neil Gaiman's American Gods, one is led to speculate about the increasing secularization of society.”D. Marshall wrote this review Monday, September 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fascinating content. Great world building and character development. But SLOW and WAY TOO LONG! Where was Mead's editor????”Linsey wrote this review Friday, September 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great idea but poor execution. Overly long, tedious and uneven.”nicole r wrote this review Thursday, August 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
Quick & Dirty:This is a perfect example of don’t judge a book until you have read it!
Opening Sentence: Mae dealt out death regularly.
This book came out of left field for me, and by that I mean I put this book off as long as I possibly could because the synopsis really turned me off. I try very hard not to judge a book by its cover and in this case a synopsis but it had a major sway on me. Until I started the first chapter and then Ms. Mead had me pondering ideas, questions, principals and tenants in a whole new light.
The world that the reader is thrown into is one of mystery, myth, magic and a dash of manipulation and it was outstanding. The thought and scope of this world still amazes me even an hour after completing the book. There are numerous concepts that would suit this novel for a book club due to the discussions that would be bound to ensue from each reader.
The main characters Mae Koskinen and Justin March are both unique takes on protagonists. Mae is a highly skilled soldier with the addition of a chip to enhance her fighting abilities. Justin, on the other hand, is a gambler of fates and solver of problems. The two together are pure delight. The interplay between these characters when they are snipping at each other or just driving the other crazy will definitely make you come back for the next round. Their individual stories are well thought out and show great foresight and planning from our master of this world, Ms. Mead.
Even the secondary characters have charm and charisma. I refuse to spoil some of the secondary characters for you but Horatio and Magnus are some of the most enigmatic characters you will meet and for that I adore them. Their continued “help” made me wonder when we would get more of their “sage wisdom”. They had me on tenterhooks and I loved it.
Now back to my earlier fear about this book from the synopsis, religion plays a major role in this book and I was unsure where that would lead us. However, my fears were completely unfounded and in fact the introduction of religion is a tight rope to not just the story, but to Mae and Justin’s story together and individually is well crafted and extremely well executed. Congratulations for such a tight thread, Ms. Mead.
Now finally some of you maybe wondering if you can just jump into this world, the answer is absolutely. This is my first Richelle Mead novel but it shan’t be my last. I look forward the continuation of Justin and Mae’s story in the as yet untitled Age of X book 2. This is another book that I could see being picked up by TV. It would make an amazing series. Here is to hoping someone has the foresight to option it.
She couldn’t hide her surprise. It was hard enough for Genmans to identify her caste from all the other blond ones, and the EA had no comparable frame of reference. “Yes. How’d you know?”
He seemed very pleased with himself. “I know a Valkyrie when I see one.” He finally released her hand and gestured around. “What I don’t know is how a beautiful one came to save me. Are you military? Or just an avid self-defense fan?”
“Both.” She chose not to mention she was a praetorian. It unnerved people, even Genmans and Easterners, and she didn’t want to undo the mood that had settled around them. Simply admitting to being a castal woman in the military was already odd enough, and she tried to brush it over with the first moderately plausible story she could think of that would diminish her role. “I’m just here for a little while as research support to our military attaché.”
FTC Advisory: Dutton Adult/Penguin provided me with a copy of Gameboard of the Gods. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”