In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military's most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.
When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.
©2013 Richelle Mead (P)2013 Penguin Audio
Not bad, but I'm accustomed to Narrator Emily Shaffer's voice performing as teenage characters where as in this book the characters are in their mid to late twenties. The character of Mae (in my opinion) should sound a bit older and more mature.
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My daughter is the one who started with the series. Rachel Mead is an excellent author. She definitely has me hooked to all of her series. All of her books are very well written with an excellent storyline and keeps you waiting for the next.
Emily Schaeffer the narrator brings the books to life. She is one of the best narrators I have heard!
I really hope that you can keep Emily as your narrator in all of your series she is truly excellent!!!
A little more organization in the revelations and instruction in this interesting new world. It was a fascinating listen. But there were times when I was confused and had to go back and relisten to sections.
It's very different genre-wise. A bit heavier.
The characters were not distinct. And there wasn't enough emotion to her performance. Her tone was flat and she sounded immature and young no matter who she was voicing.
At this point in the book I don't think I'm connected enough to the characters to get overly thoughtful about either option. But I hope there are more books. Because the concept is good and I hope it gets better. The end of the this book made me hopeful.
Absolutely. I love Richelle's imagination; I've read every series she's written except the Georgia books, and I guess it's just a matter of time before I break down and get those too. Her writing style is familiar and comforting as well. I've come across few writers who manage a good balance between writing well and sounding natural.
Once again, I'd have to say the creativity that went into laying out this brave new world. I love history, and the idea of a new, more 'enlightened' world clashing with Gods older than humanity itself is brilliant in my mind.
Oh yes. I'm on my third listen currently.
My one regret for this book is the narrator choice. I enjoy listening to Emily Shaffer, but I can't help but compare the characters in this book to those in VA and Bloodlines when listening to her. Honestly, I wasn't thrilled when I found out the VA narrator was doing Bloodlines, but Sydney is still young enough for Emily's voice to match, and VA went through so many that she can't really be counted as 'the voice of VA'. She's a great narrator, but I feel that her voice is too young for the characters she portrays in Gameboard of the Gods.
complex, mythic, fascinating
American Gods - not for the interplay or even the writing style, but for the fantastic way of bringing ancient gods into the present
I've listened to other books by the narrator and she's great for YA fic. I loved her in the Vampire Academy series. This book wanted a richer, more mature voice. The narrator who did the Succubus series would have been great - better still to pair her with James Marsters!
I appreciate the tension between faith/no faith, religion/no religion and what can be explained by science and logic and what's simply beyond those things.
This series is a departure from Mead's other books. I'm a huge fan, particularly of the Succubus series, and this one took some adjusting. Once I listened more closely and figured out the role of the ravens (I think this would have happened sooner had I read it in print), I was hooked. If you've tried it before and couldn't get drawn in, but you love mythology and Mead's other works, give it a chance and pay special attention during the first three chapters.
While the story started off a bit slow, it grew in intensity and character development. The narrator was excellent. I'm looking forward to the next in this series!
I enjoyed this book. The world is well thought out and the different countries are very distinct. The whole society of the RUNA was very interesting with the patrician classes and the plebian classes and the cultural differences between the two as well as the genetic. The whole murder storyline was well thought out and executed. It was closed out at the end of the book but left enough open for following books. The evolution of the belief in Gods that came to both Mae and Justin seemed pretty organic and possible. I can't wait to see what the next books do with the interactions between Justin and Mae. The whole neurotransmitter implant that the praetorians have is an interesting concept and I wonder what else they can do. Emily Shaffer did a good job with the narration and differentiating between the characters but sometimes I had flashbacks to the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead which she also narrates.
The story was very confusing. I usually love Richelle Mead's books and I am used to her "info dumping" so to speak, but I feel like she just throws you into this new world and I didn't feel I got any sufficient answers til midway through the book. Also I felt no strong emotional connection to any of the characters, which was disappointing, because it is that aspect that draws me most to her books.
Emily Shaffer is what I disliked most about reading this book. Now, she's not terrible, but she also narrated part of the Vampire Academy series and all of the Bloodlines series. Now this. It's too much. It was fine previously when she was working with a spin-off, but reading this, all I could think about was- oh that's the voice of so and so, oh wait, no this is a new series. But considering this is a more mature novel, I was hoping for more mature narration. Sad face.
Voices, accents, and characterization were decent, however her intonation was distracting. She made things sound way too urgent, like a parody of what narration should be. However, it wasn't so terrible that I had to stop listening or keep me from listening to book 2. Once I got used to her, I became very engaged in the story.
A surprising read, I love futuristic paranormal and the world building was great. Strikes a great balance between technology and paranormal. I loved the characters, giving us just enough to really enjoy them. They are flawed without apology and own who they are. Highly recommend this read, despite less than stellar voice performance, that shouldn't turn anyone off from this read.
I just could not follow this book. At all. I really enjoyed this author's VA and Bloodlines books, I even wrote a 5-star review for Vampire Academy. I bought this book expecting to love it as much as the others, but I just COULD NOT get into it. I've struggled through 15 chapters, but there is just too much going on and not enough backstory. Also, it seems as if the author drew mythology information from many different cultures, but she did nothing to tie it all together.
I think that if the backstory was better-developed I would be writing a positive review. I really hate to give up on books, so I'm going to pick up the book at the library. Maybe the printed version is easier to follow.
"Brilliant, amazing, excellent, must-read..."
A lovable rogue, a beautiful goddess of a super woman, a dystopian future where religion has been outlawed (well, in 'north america', anyway).
And along comes some pesky gods to bugger it all up.
The rogue is forced to face demons, the goddess discovers her mortality, while all the while gods are trying to immortalise them both.
It's fast paced and you'll quickly become invested in the characters and the story. I'm gutted that it's a loonnnggg wait till book 2.
Absolutely loved this story!
"A refreshing story amidst supernatural teen books"
Yes. I love a good teen vampire book and have read a fair few, but this book is such a refreshing change in story and characters that was hooked fairly quickly. Having read Meads other books, I really enjoyed the overall story and pace of the book but was difficult to understand the world the story is set in as there are little clues and you have to piece together or come up with your own take on who's who and what.
Excellently read with different voices for characters made it easy to understand who was talking. Sometimes it's nice to just listen to the story.
Being 19 hours long you really couldn't listen to it all, but I did have it one every time I had a spare half hour and got through the book quickly.
"I need to know what happens next!!!!"
Very enjoyable book. Would really recommend! Really wish we could have book 2 as soon as possible.
"love this book!"
too difficult to choose
excellently read from start to finish brought the characters to life brilliantly
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