Faith in Books: Gameboard of the Gods

Gameboard of the Gods

By Richelle Mead


Imagine a world in which all religions are illegal. And it is your job to investigate them. But you something you do or say causes you to be exported without even a chance to pack or say good-bye. After four years of living in exile, you have a chance to return because they need your expertise. What happens when it seems as though the gods are real and they are speaking to you?

I really enjoyed reading Gameboard of the Gods. I would label it as adult futuristic/paranormal fiction. There are three main characters who give differing points of view: Justin March, the exiled servitor, Mae Koskinen, the killer soldier, and Tessa, a sixteen-year-old girl from the outer provinces. At the end of the book, I found myself liking all three of these main characters.

There are other various characters that you meet who have mysterious backgrounds or who aren’t what they seem. And who are these two voices in Justin’s head? Are they real? How is Mae so perfect? And what happened to society — really another character– that created this huge nation of RUNA? 

This is the first in a series called Age of X and it was very much worth reading.

What did this book have to do with my faith? “But for beings that want worship, they sure do make things hard for their followers. Not much in the way of concrete answers or guidance. It’s just left for mortals to figure it all out.” This statement toward the end of the book really caught my attention. What kind of guidance do I get as a Christian? We have the bible, but scripture really does not answer every question or guide every step. Much of what I do and experience is all about faith — believing in a God who doesn’t give concrete answers or guidance all the time. I must trust that my way is somehow lining up with God’s way. Right now I am asking for clarity and discernment but I have not received or felt or really been able to tell what I am to do. As a mortal, a follower of Christ, I do spend a lot of time trying to figure it all out. I think some would call that free will. Sure, it would be nice to have clear answers all the time — or would it? Maybe it is better to have a little mystery, a lot of trust and the ability to look back and see that we didn’t do so badly after all. 

I recommend this book!

Happy reading!



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2 Responses to Faith in Books: Gameboard of the Gods

  1. Carrie says:

    This is nice, will take some getting used to. Looks like I will have to get still another book to read. Your reviews usually entice me. I must say I am beginning to feel like Stretch Armstrong – because you have stretched my reading choices wayyyyy out there.

  2. revamelia says:

    I also need to warn readers that the language could be too much for some. One of my dear friends couldn’t get past chapter four because of the foul language. Sorry, folks, I did not pick up on that. Will try to be more aware of this from now on.

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