Along with the cover, we have Dutton's official description:
Richelle Mead, the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines YA series—whose books have sold more than one million copies in hardcover—debuts on the Dutton list with Gameboard of the Gods, the first novel in her Age of X series.
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.
Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.
If you missed it, here's another description of it in my own words. And since we're all hanging out, I wanted to answer some questions that popped up when I flashed the cover around social networking sites last night:
When's the release date?
June 4, 2013
When will it be out in other countries?
I don't know yet, unfortunately. My dealings are always with my U.S. publishers, and releases in other countries are handled by individual publishers there. I'll let you know when I know.
Is this adult? Then why does the description mention Vampire Academy and Bloodlines?
It's a marketing thing. Gameboard of the Gods is indeed an adult novel, but VA and Bloodlines are by far and away my bestsellers. So, when trying to talk up another one of my books, those big ones are what get mentioned.
There's a guy and a girl lead! Who narrates this?
They both do, in third person POV. And there's also one more character whose POV the story occasionally flips to as well.
That's all the news for now! Back to work.