Good morning lovelies,
Today I am super excited to share with you my review for The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye! I read this book for the 2019 Reading Rush Challenge and had so much fun! The reading rush was challenging but rewarding and I got to read many wonderful books like this! So without further ado, here is my review!
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.
I really enjoyed reading this book! It was my book for the Reading Rush challenge “Read an Author’s first Book” and I loved reading it! Some of the plots reminded me of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern because of the magic dual, mentor puppetmasters, and overall themes of forbidden romance. It did, however, take that kind of story in a new direction which is why I ultimately gave it 4.5 Stars. The biggest negative for me was the storyline of Nikolai’s mother, I think the whole book would have worked just as well without it. Anyway still giving is 4.5 and would highly recommend!!
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