Mead, author of popular urban-fantasy series for adults and young adults, introduces a new character in this series for adult readers. Justin March used to investigate questionable religious groups; now down-and-out and living in exile, he’s shocked when a member of the Republic of North America’s police force, the Praetorians, enlists his aid in tracking down a serial killer. Set in a near-future society in which religious extremism has nearly destroyed the world, this fast-paced and suspenseful book features a pair of protagonists whose whose ideological dissimilarities provide lots of opportunities to explore their growing relationship. Justin, who was at the top of his field before he self-destructed, is a very well-designed character, with plenty of depth and enough dark psychological corridors to keep us glued to the page, and his Praetorian partner, the beautiful and troubled Mae, has her own set of internal struggles. The author’s fans should note that the book is quite a bit different from her usual urban-fantasy fare: this is straight-up sf, with a well-realized near-future world and technologies. A promising first book in a projected series. --David Pitt
"After years of YA, the author has finally returned to her adult roots with an ambitious (and sexy!) sci-fi outing." - EntertainmentWeekly.com
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“This brilliant book is a miracle. Think American Gods with the romantic heart of Vampire Academy. What's the point of world-building if you aren't building something and someone to love? I'm in love with every character in this book. How do I know? When I got to the last page I turned to the first and started again, thinking this is why I read.”–Margaret Stohl, New York Times bestselling author of Icons
“Vivid world-building, whip-fast pacing, and a layered plot combine to make Gameboard of the Gods a riveting read!”– Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of The Arrivals
"The book is fast paced and suspenseful...A promising first book in a projected series." – Booklist
“Provocative and dark—Gameboard of the Gods is epic in scale and impossible to put down.”– Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels & author of Unbreakable
"Why you should read it: ....It's dark, it's fantastical, and the chemistry is just wow!" – USAToday.com Happy Ever After
Praise for Richelle Mead and her novels
"An engaging read, with an unusually tangible, believable, living story world, featuring a protagonist of unexpected depth and sympathy."
--Jim Butcher, New York Times bestselling author of the Dresden Files, on Succubus Blues
"Writing this book tempts me to believe in angels...or deals with the devil. Succubus Blues is original, exciting, seductive stuff, filled with characters I'd sell my soul to meet."
--Rachel Caine, New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series
"The most exciting yet...Mead's storytelling improves with each installment as she keeps readers on the edge of their seats while adding a few unexpected twists."
--Associated Press on Blood Promise, the fourth installment in the Vampire Academy series
"Mead's absorbing, debut YA novel...blends intricately detailed fantasy with a contemporary setting, teen-relevant issues, and a diverse...cast of supporting characters."
--Booklist on Vampire Academy