WOW! I have followed Richelle Mead since her Dark Swan series and I must say, she has never disappointed me. When I requested this story, I was immediately drawn in by her name and the synopsis. Although, I saw that it was the second book of the series, I still requested it from Net Galley. Fortunately, I was approved. I was so excited and I wasn’t disappointed.
One of the drawbacks of reading from book two is that sometimes the author doesn’t situate you properly in the series. Sometimes, you can’t feel the excitement or the sorrow. Well, I felt everything in the book. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. There was one part at the very end but that’s my bad and it added to the suspense and I did feel those emotions. Kudos to Mead, she established everything and reintroduces everything.
I am definitely going to be signed up for Book # 3.
On to the actual story. I don’t know quite how to summarize the awesomeness that is this story, so I’ll let the author do it herself.
Gameboard of the Gods (Book #1) 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.
So there! She did it better than I could ever had.
Now that that is over, let e wax about Mae Koskinen. OMG! Mae is so aweeesssooommee! Girl is on fire, always! I ador eher. She is my new favorite heroine! She is brave, daring and cherisher her familia. Being a supersolder (valkayrie) is not easy. She never sleeps and is always ready for danger. She is just amazing. The things she does just outstands me.
Justin of course is “aiiight”. He cool. He’s always got Mae’s back and that enamored me to him. He is intelligent and smart. Both of them together are unbeatable and I’d like to see more of them both.
Book three is going to bring more than I could ever imagine. The stuff that happens near the end is just terrifying. I can’t imagine what the outcome of what any of it could be. It’s just… dangerous. I fear for my girl but like i said together Justin & Mae are unbeatable. Together.
Definitely a 5 star! Whot!