Well, if you live in an English-speaking country, it is! As always, translations take longer, and unfortunately, I don't have any info about availability in other countries. If you're impatient, you can order a signed American copy here.
2. It's NOT Young Adult.
I repeat, it's not young adult. That's not a bad thing by any means, but just be prepared for more adult plotlines and content.
3. Here's what it IS about:
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.
Mix mythology into a futuristic setting, and here's what you get! Gameboard was inspired by all the fantasy and sci-fi books I grew up with: detailed, complex worlds with tons of subplots and lots of terms and history you had to figure out along the way. If you've only ever read light urban fantasy, this might be a pretty different genre for you, but hang in there! Things do eventually get explained, and like all Richelle Mead books, I like to have cliffhangers and subplots continuing throughout the series!
4. You can try before you buy!
Yup, you can read an excerpt! Actually you can read THREE excerpts, as well as a ton of other background info on the book to help you learn all about the world and characters.
Gameboard of the Gods Description
Gameboard of the Gods History and Background
Gameboard of the Gods Character Posts 1, 2, and 3
Gameboard of the Gods Glossary
Gameboard of the Gods Excerpt 1
Gameboard of the Gods Excerpt 2
Gameboard of the Gods Excerpt 3
5. I'm touring for this book!
It's a small tour, but if you live in Seattle, Los Angeles, or San Diego, then you can meet me, get Gameboard or any of my other books signed, and ask questions about all my books! Check out my tour schedule here. And if you can't make it, remember you can always order signed books from my local store. Looking forward to meeting you!
If you still want to know more, check out what other reviewers are saying:
USA Today Review: "It's dark, it's fantastical, and the chemistry is just wow!"
RT Book Reviews: "Mead is a master storyteller."
WAMMIB Blog Review: "Be ready for THE SUBPLOTS! Because, let’s be honest this is Richelle Mead we’re talking about and there are bigger forces playing here!"