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Gameboard of the Gods introduced religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him. Together they have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside the Republic of United North America and out. With this highly classified knowledge comes a shocking revelation: Not only are the gods vying for human control, but the elect—special humans marked by the divine—are turning against one another in bloody fashion.
Their mission takes a new twist when they are assigned to a diplomatic delegation headed by Lucian Darling, Justin’s old friend and rival, going into Arcadia, the RUNA’s dangerous neighboring country. Here, in a society where women are commodities and religion is intertwined with government, Justin discovers powerful forces at work, even as he struggles to come to terms with his own reluctantly acquired deity.
Meanwhile, Mae—grudgingly posing as Justin’s concubine—has a secret mission of her own: finding the illegitimate niece her family smuggled away years ago. But with Justin and Mae resisting the resurgence of the gods in Arcadia, a reporter’s connection with someone close to Justin back home threatens to expose their mission—and with it the divine forces the government is determined to keep secret.
For some reason I had a really hard time getting into this book. I kept picking it up and putting it down.. But when I got about halfway through it, I couldn't put it down.
Lucian talks Justin into going on this hair-brained trip to Arcadia, to extend a hand so to speak. Mae agrees to go, which kind of surprises Justin, but she has an ulterior motive. Through visions she was receiving from the amber knife, she found out her niece was being held in Arcadia. What easier way to get there than to go with the delegation. Arcadia is a very strict country. Women are subservient and men rule with harsh thumbs. Religion is forced on everyone. There was no other way into the country.
The Arcadians want to send their own delegation to RUNA to spread the word about their own religion, but Justin finds out they have a terrorist plan in the works. Can Justin save RUNA at the same time Mae is out to save her niece?
At the same time, Tessa takes on an internship with a journalist who has secret motives of her own. They want to find out if Lucian's political group has ties to religious groups. Tessa gets invited to a youth group for the political party and starts to learn some valuable information before she finds out she has been duped by the journalist.
This book was really good, even though I found it slow to start. I love Mae's character. Justin isn't too shabby and I love Tessa. The major twist at the end of the book kept me up half the night! I couldn't believe it!
I started reading Richelle Mead way back when ... lol several years ago, somewhere in the middle of the Vampire Academy series. I think Mead is an excellent author and I applaud her being able to write when she was pregnant and with a new baby and then pregnant again! It hasnt kept her down, and we readers greatly appreciate that she still puts out 2-3 books a year!
My biggest complaint about this book is, I dont like the cover. I really loved the original cover of Gameboard of the Gods because it was one that called to everyone, men and women alike. This cover screams "romance!" to me and maybe will have less readership.
Otherwise, thanks for a great book!