Release Date: 1st May 2016/7
Source: From the Publisher!
Purchase: Mighty Ape / Paper Plus
Read it in: 5 hours
Word Rating: DELIGHTFUL
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.
“Imagine, and it shall be.
There are no limits.”
There are no limits.”
The first word that comes to mind when I think of THE CROWN'S GAME, is delightful. Even though the premise of this book is actually quite solemn - two young sorcerers have to use their magic against each other in a game to the death - but it's written with such a light and vivid writing style that you feel like you're living and breathing in the story itself and that feeling is utterly delightful.
Evelyn Skye's writing style was my favourite part of the book. This could've been a very typical YA fantasy, but the way she writes is just so magical that suddenly, in her hands, this book becomes something else entirely. At times, I definitely didn't think every. single. thing needed to be described in such avid detail, but overall, I know I wouldn't have enjoyed this book as much if all the beautiful descriptions and lovely writing had been left out.
I really loved how while THE CROWN'S GAME is definitely fantasy, I adored it's Russian historical setting. You can tell that Skye loves Russia (and she says so in her acknowledgements) and the fondness she holds for it comes out in the Russian historical setting that she has portrayed in here. I felt like I really knew the world that Skye was describing and that I wasn't just getting mere glimpses of it.
I could've done without the love triangle as I didn't think it added anything to the story, but I appreciated the relationships that the three main characters, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha had with each other. I loved Pasha and Nikolai's strong friendship and although I didn't ship Pasha with Vika at all as I just personally didn't feel like there was anything between them, I did love Vika and Nikolai's blossoming romance!
THE CROWN'S GAME is literally the bookish equivalent of a rich and magical cake. Yes, I had problems with it, but it's pros out weigh it's cons by the hundred. I can't wait to dive back into the delicious story and world that Everlyn Skye has created when the sequel is released next year!
::Thank you HARPER COLLINS NZ for the review copy!::
HAVE YOU READ THE CROWN'S GAME?? AND CAN I JUST SAY HOW IN LOVE I AM WITH EVELYN SKYE'S NAME?! (NO ONE WITH A NAME LIKE THAT IS NOT DESTINED FOR GREATNESS, JUST SAYIN'.) HAVE YOU READ ANY BOOKS SET IN A RUSSIAN SETTING??