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, a duel of magical skill. 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.”
With the awesome blurb and the amazing cover, I had put high expectations on this book and highly anticipated for it’s release but now I feel that I shouldn’t have put such high hopes on it. I’m not saying this book was bad, it’s only that it didn’t reached my expectations. I was hoping for an action packed epic fantasy read filled with amazing magical battles which this book failed to deliver. This was purely romantic read with a dash of magic and royal politics set in a beautiful world and nothing else. Honestly, I loved the characters, the setting and the plot but what I didn’t liked in this book was that it was focused more on the triangle and the world building. It was a bit disappointing that it lacked in epic action otherwise I would’ve given it a 4 stars rating. However, I think it’s a great debut and nice start for a new series.
Vika Andreyev is an enchanter who can summon snow and turn the ash into gold. Since young, she was practicing her whole life with her father to become the imperial enchanter. She thought that she was the only enchanter in Russia and when the Tsar(king) announces the initiation of the crown’s game, (a deadly battle where the victor becomes the Imperial enchanter and the defeated is sentenced to death) she’s surprised to find that there is another enchanter and she’s quite eager to participate in the game despite her father’s worries that she isn’t ready yet. Nikolai is an orphan and also an enchanter trained by an noblewoman who has taken him under when he was young. He can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air and he is looking forward to the game because winning the game would earn him a recognition in the society but he couldn’t digest the thought of killing his beautiful opponent who has quite enchanted him. His growing attraction towards his opponent is a huge complication and to make matters worse, his best friend Pasha, heir to the throne is also captivated by the mysterious vika. Both Vika and Nikolai couldn’t give up and winning the game is their only option but they can’t bring themselves to kill each other either. Unfortunately, they can’t escape from the fate which was already written.
Vika is a strong character who is quite confident in her magic and very bold in nature. She is someone who doesn’t backs down from a challenge and never afraid to speak her mind. I really liked Nikolai who has a charming personality. He’s smart, graceful and compassionate person that made him a likable character. Pasha is definitely a sweet, adventurous and fun type of guy at the start and when an unexpected tragedy strikes his life, he becomes a total different person that made me like him less. I really liked Vika and Nikolai together and definitely ship their relationship. There is not much romance in this book but you can feel the tension between them. The way they express their love or attraction through magic especially at the island was so sweet and beautiful. This book also has some pretty interesting supporting characters like Renata, Galina, Sergei, Ludmila, Aizhana, Yuliana and tsar.
The plot is quite intriguing but I do have some issues with it. I thought there’s going to be epic battle at the end and the crown’s game sounded like something grand like gladiator style magical battles with roaring crowds and all but what I got is quite opposite and disappointing. As for the magic, I really liked it but it wasn’t anything magnificent enough to amaze me. Despite all of that, I liked the story, beautiful setting and the characters. The pacing was good and the story was told in lots of multiple pov that many reader’s wouldn’t like in a book and surprisingly, I had no problem with it at all. The writing is quite amazing and the author did great in vividly describing the world which felt so realistic and beautiful. We can clearly see Evelyn has put so much effort in research for creating this world which is the major highlight of this book.
Overall, I liked it enough to continue the series and hoping the sequel would be much better! The ending is really heart breaking and I’m dying to know what’s gonna happen next. Do I recommend this book? Yes, it’s a hit or miss book so if you’re planning to read this, then I do suggest you to go with low expectations.
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