The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
Also by this author: The Crown's Game
Series: The Crown's Game #1
Published by Balzer + Bray
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical
Source: Personal Collection
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Vika Andreyev 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. - via GoodReads
I buddy read The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye with Alexa. I had seen a few prominent people in the bookish community talking about just how awesome this book was. We had both checked the title out from the library unbeknownst to each other. Alexa sent me a library loot photo; I spotted The Crown’s Game and we went from there. Unfortunately the hype was just that: hype.
The Crown’s Game had so much potential! An alternate (but mostly true to the original) Russia not too long after the fall of Napoleon and magic? I was sold! I expected so much more from the Game. I felt like the person in charge of keeping the empire of Russian and its tsar safe should be able to do more than large scale parlor tricks. The action of the Game leaned more towards middlegrade than it did YA. I was borderline bored and frequently disappointed.
I really enjoyed the characters of The Crown’s Game. They kept me entertained and I was curious enough about them to keep working through the book. I am disappointed in Pasha. I felt like he blew things way out of proportion and his grief doesn’t excuse it.
I think this book fell prey to being overhyped. I think it would have been a much better reading experience if I had gone into it without any expectations. I am just curious enough to see how they story continues.