The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye (The Crowns Game #1)
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Summary: 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.
*Received This ARC From Yallwest*
My Thoughts: Enchanting & Captivating!
With so much pre-release hype surrounding this book I was worried I would be disappointed!
I’m happy to say that from page one I was immersed into the rich and vivid Russian Fantasy world that Evelyn created!
The writing style goes hand in hand with this fantastical version of Imperial Russia!
As I got further into the story, I did not want this story to end & once I finished I wanted more! ❤ ❤
If fantasy isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry!
The Crown’s Game’s magic system is easy to follow and really builds on the world and characters!
If you’ve read Six Of Crows, you will love the character of Nikolai!
While reading he really reminded me of Kaz!
Out of all the characters, my favorites were definitely Nikolai & Pasha! As the story progresses you see just how much their friendship means to each other + how their friendship changes b/c of The Crown’s Game!
My only minor issues were with the POVs + a certain plot point! B/c its written in a 3rd person narrative it made it quite difficult to differentiate the multiple POV’s here and there, which in some points did slow the pacing!
+ Secrets are revealed as to who Nikolai’s family is, but with so much that was going on, it felt like a little too much for the already intricate plot, considering it gets revealed a lot later in the story! But as the story progresses it does play an important part!
Overall this was an immersive and enchanting debut! Can’t wait for Book 2!
The ending will leave just enough for a satisfied conclusion, but also keep you guessing what will happen next!
Highly recommend this novel if you are a fan of Leigh Bardugo + Fantasy meets Historical Fiction!