Monday, July 18, 2016

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye (The Crown's Game book 1)

“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.” - taken from

This book has gotten some mixed reviews in the reading community but I thought it might just be the book for me and I wasn’t wrong. It is October 1825 and Imperial Russia is under the rule of Tsar Alexander I. His son, nicknamed Pasha, isn’t interested in politics but his sister, Yuliana, is. Watching the brewing trouble  with the Ottoman Empire, Yulina convinces her father that Pasha isn’t strong enough to be tsar and will need an Imperial Enchanter by his side. As Pasha nears his seventeenth birthday, Alexander convenes the Crown’s Game to choose. With two possible candidates, the Game is a test and show of magical skill that will result in the death of the enchanter who fails.

Vika has trained her entire life with her father to become the next Imperial Enchanter. They live a life of isolation on Ovchinin Island where she works with her father. At sixteen, Vika and her father, Sergei, are floored when they receive an invitation to the The Crown’s Game. Sergei had sent word to his sister Galina when he discovered Vika’s abilities but it would seem that she didn’t return the favor. Galina has been training her student, Nikolai, since she traded for the motherless boy with his village. They were terrified of Nikolai’s powers. When the two are summoned by the tsar to start the Game, Nikolai realizes that he has seen Vika and her display of powers on the island when he visited with Pasha.

Soon the two are not only caught up in the Game but with Pasha as well. Where only one enchanter can survive, love has no place, but friendships and relationships have a way of making a mess of things.

In a game of where only one enchanter can survive, will it be Vika or Nikolai? Or will love win out?

The story will conclude with The Crown’s Heir in 2017.

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