Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.
And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye is a young adult fantasy novel about two teenagers with magical gifts, better known as enchanters. Vika’s own abilities revolve around elemental magic while her competitor’s abilities are more centered around mechanics. Both teenagers must compete to the death for the title of Imperial Enchanter.
The Crown’s Game was one of my most anticipated reads of 2016 and unfortunately, it did not meet the hype, or my standards. The story was a well thought out story, a good concept, but I expected just so much more. By no means was the book bad, but it definitely wasn’t one I loved. Personally, I felt the characters to be flat. They didn’t have much depth to them, Pasha, the third point in our love triangle seemingly was either angry, distressed or in love with Vika. Vika is a fierce girl, but she didn’t seem to have much of a past, she didn’t have a very interesting personality I felt. Finally, Nikolai. Nikolai probably had the most character, he had conflicted feelings, he took risks and protected his friends.
Moving to the plot, I enjoyed the plot. There were plenty of POV’s but not so many, or written in such a way that it became crowded and annoying. The plot moved well paced. It kept me hooked for the majority of the story, continuously wanting more. I have only one complaint about the whole plot. I wish there had been more action. The premise of the story is a magical competition. I was expecting some serious badass magical fighting. Unfortunately, I didn’t get that and was severally disappointed. There definitely was magic, but not the kind I was looking for.
The writing was good. Though not spectacularly amazing, it was decent. I definitely think that Skye is a brilliant and talented writer. Though there wasn’t much world building to the entirety of the story, I felt the magic and the descriptions of the world The Crown’s Game took place in was well done.
Overall, I give The Crown’s Game 3 dots. I’m calling stars dots now by the way guys! I didn’t quite love it but I think what got me most was my disappointment after all the hype.
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