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.
This book started out with so much promise. There was a girl in the woods named Vika who had to learn to use her powers and wanted to be the Enchanter for the kingdom and help protect the royal family. She seemed so strong and confident in herself and her powers. She didn’t seem to act childish or like the kind of girl that falls for a boy for no real reason.
Very early on Vika finds out that she isn’t the only enchanter who can protect the royal family, there is a guy named Nikolai. Since there is only enough magic for one enchanter there will be a battle called The Crown’s Game. I imagined the game to take place away from civilization with epic battles of magic against one another. I wanted a cunning game of magic vs magic in order to win the honor of protecting the royal family and the kingdom as a whole.
While I wanted all of that what I got was something completely different. Instead the game was each enchanter taking turns making colorful displays in the town such as painting all of the buildings in the town…. how boring. Not only was the magic underwhelming there was no real tension between the two enchanters. Plus the author sort of forced the two to be romantically interested in one another. Throw in the prince as a third wheel for good measure and we have a classic love triangle going no where fast.
Overall, the magic, the story and the characters were flat on the page after the first 75 pages. Nothing about the “game” impressed me. I wanted something like the Hunger Games but with magic battles but instead I saw some boring displays of cheap magic that was meant to color buildings and waterfalls. Plus the ending didn’t really mean anything to me so I say I’m done with this series.