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.
Title: The Crown’s Game
Author: Evelyn Skye
Date released: June 1st 2016
Thank you HarperCollins who sent me a copy of The Crown’s Game to review!
A captivating tale teeming with hidden magic and fiery romance
– Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes
The Novel focuses on Vika and Nikolai, the only two enchanters in Russia and the Crowned Prince Pasha. When The Crown’s Game is initiated by the King, Vika and Nikolai must use their magic to outwit each other and prove who is the most powerful to become the Imperial Enchanter. The longer the game goes on, the more the two become curious about each other, but they know they must keep their distance and focus on winning, because once the winner is crowned, the loser is sentenced to death. When Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and Prince falls in love with Vika, he knows he can’t kill her, for the Prince’s sake and his own, but can he really let himself be killed? Or is there another way out?
“Imagine, and it shall be. There are no limits.”
I adored this book! The Crown’s Game held a mystery that had me intrigued from the first page. I loved Vika and Nikolai’s characters. They are both strong steadfast characters with passion for their magic. Vika is unruly as her bright red hair hair and black streak. Once she has a goal she will do anything to achieve it. Nikolai is an orphan who has dreamed of becoming more and he has such a big heart. Vika and Nikolai both know they should destroy each other, and although they do try, in the end they always find themselves being pulled towards each other. I always had so many emotions when they had scenes together. Pasha on the other hand, rubbed me the wrong way. I liked him at the start of the book. He would sneak out of the castle to chill with Nikolai and pretend to be a normal civilian, which I liked. He wasn’t big on being the heir to the throne and wasn’t a stuck up royal like his sister. But later on he becomes a pompous jerk who in the end destroys the only thing that ever really loved him. He could of held his ground and forgiven the lies, but he decides to turn against everyone. I liked how love wasn’t a huge aspect. Yes of course it was there, I would probably be bored if there wasn’t any romance, but it wasn’t a major focus. Although I liked the book, I really didn’t like the ending. I thought surely it wouldn’t end like that because it said it would and surely it wouldn’t end like they said it would because people would expect that to happen. But I guess they thought that you thought that was going to happen so they made it happen so you were surprised? You know what I mean? Probably not because reading back over that I just became 100% confused but you get the gist.
Overall I give this book 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed it, but I felt like more could have happened and been explained. I would definitely recommend it to people who love adventures, magic and a little bit of romance!
“As for whether the magic in The Crown’s Game is real, well . . . that depends. Do you believe in what you cannot see?”
“She wanted again to hold on to him, and have him hold on to her, so they could whirl together through the cosmos like galaxies that could not—and would not—be confined.”
“A smile bloomed across Vika’s face. “A little peril has never stopped me.”
“He smiled sadly. “I was lost from the moment I saw you on Ovchinin Island. It took a long while for me to realize it, but it’s true. I’ve spent my entire life scrambling to fit in and to change myself, Vika, but where I’ve belonged, and who I needed to be, has been right here the whole time. I love you.”
About the Author
Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn’t writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN’S GAME is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online at www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.