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.
You’re looking at one of my new favorite books. I loved this book from beginning to end, and I’m so glad I stumbled upon it. I ended up reading it slower than I was planning, but I’m very glad I did, because I feel like I absorbed it and understood it much better than I would have had I devoured it in a few sittings.
I think my favorite part of this book was the writing. Evelyn’s writing is phenomenal. Her descriptions were particularly amazing, and overall it made me feel as if I was in the story. Evelyn is also amazing at character development. The characters grew and developed naturally throughout the story, and I’m so glad it didn’t feel forced.
This book is beautiful, inside and out (seriously, the hardcover is magnificent). I loved the whole story. The mix of magic and ancient Russia was beautiful. I would’ve loved to be in the book so I could experience it all.
I loved all the characters. I loved Vika from the beginning, and I fell in love with Nikolai straight away. But then came PASHA. Ahh, my heart can’t bear to choose between Nikolai and Pasha. I love them both in separate ways<3
I did feel like the romance between Nikolai and Vika felt a little forced. They really didn’t have much of an attraction other than they were both enchanters, and I would’ve liked to see them naturally grow closer instead of suddenly being thrown together. But by the end, I felt like they were much better suited for each other as they had grown.
The chapters were also a bit lengthy at times. But not any worse than normal YA books. I just hate long chapters, cause it makes me feel like I can’t just stop in the middle of it. So I read a lot slower cause I have to make sure I have time and I’m in the mood. But this is a rabbit trail. Oops!
This book was almost all the way clean! It had a few uses of the D word, but nothing overwhelming. Overall, it’s cleaner than most other YA fantasy books.
In the end, this is one of my favorite books I’ve ever read, and I’m very excited for the second book!