Synopses & Reviews
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Academy and Bloodline series returns with the second installment in her acclaimed Age of X series.
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 electspecial humans marked by the divineare 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, Justins old friend and rival, going into Arcadia, the RUNAs 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, Maegrudgingly posing as Justins concubinehas 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 reporters connection with someone close to Justin back home threatens to expose their missionand with it the divine forces the government is determined to keep secret.
Praise for Jim Butcher and the #1 New York Times Bestselling DRESDEN FILES
“What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden.”—The Washington Times
“Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Harry Dresden is perhaps the best-written supernatural detective working today.”—SFRevu
“Superlative.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“The Dresden Files is still one of the most consistently well-written urban fantasy series in existence.”—LoveVampires
“An edge-of-your-seat thriller.”—Locus
“Butcher…spins an excellent noirish detective yarn in a well-crafted, supernaturally charged setting.”—Booklist (Starred Review)
“A great series…one of the most enjoyable marriages of the fantasy and mystery genres on the shelves.”—Cinescape
“This stunning, exciting series entry with its heart-stopping action will shock and thrill Butcher fans.”—Library Journal
PRAISE FOR RICHELLE MEAD AND GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS
"After years of YA, the author has finally returned to her adult roots with an ambitious (and sexy!) sci-fi outing."
“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."
“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 and 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
The eagerly awaited new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series.
When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.
But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.
To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...
When an unknown someone shoots him and leaves him to die, Harry Dresden hopes he might be heading to a better place. Unfortunately, being dead doesn’t make Harry’s life any easier. Trapped between life and death, he learns that his friends are in serious trouble. Only by finding his murderer can he save his friends and move on—a feat which would be a lot easier if he had a body and access to his powers. Worse still are the malevolent shadows that roam Chicago, controlled by a dark entity that wants Harry to suffer even in death. Now, the late Harry Dresden will have to pull off the ultimate trick without using any magic—or face an eternity as just another lost soul…
Butcher is the dean of contemporary urban fantasy.”Booklist
Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day
Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, its something awful.
He doesnt know the half of it
Mab has just traded Harrys skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villainsled by one of Harrys most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleoneto break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.
It's a smash and grab job to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure hoard in the supernatural worldwhich belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the freaking Underworld and generally unpleasant character. Worse, Dresden suspects that there is another game afoot that no one is talking about. And he's dead certain that Nicodemus has no intention of allowing any of his crew to survive the experience. Especially Harry.
Dresden's always been tricky, but he's going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this messassuming his own allies dont end up killing him before his enemies get the chance
About the Author
A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri.