The Crown's Game (Crown's Game Series #1)

The Crown's Game (Crown's Game Series #1)

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"Gorgeous and richly imagined."—Sara Raasch, New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series

"Teeming with hidden magic and fiery romance."—Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes

Perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone and Red Queen, The Crown’s Game is a thrilling and atmospheric historical fantasy set in Imperial Russia about two teenagers who must compete for the right to become the Imperial Enchanter—or die in the process—from debut author Evelyn Skye.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504735674
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Series: Crown's Game Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged Library Edition
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 7.00(h) x 2.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the CIA, she not-so-secretly wishes she was on So You Think You Can Dance, and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn’t writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Crown’s Game and its sequel, The Crown's Fate. Evelyn can be found online at and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.

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The Crown's Game 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite new book and author! Did not want to stop eading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely stunning to read. From the beautiful and intriguing magic to the mystical and unforgettable characters- I could not put this down. The adventurous yet dangerous plot literally kept me on the edge. The Crown's Game is a MUST. READ. You will not regret it. The overall originality of her work makes Evelyn Skye one of my new top 5 favorite authors. You really can not pass this book up!
Kibbyra 3 months ago
The Crown's Game was a total surprise book for me. I ended up loving it way more than I thought I would, but as I look back on the story I see some of the faults. Originally, I rated this book a 5 star because I was so entranced by the story. Now that I'm reviewing it I'm knocking it down to a 4. This book feels like it could be a gateway story for someone looking to get into YA fantasy or someone who just needs a break from heavier fantasy novels. There is nothing ground breaking in this story, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. Though there is very little action, the writing is completely absorbing and I found myself not wanting to put it down. I will also say that the audiobook narrator is PERFECTION. A warning though, there is insta-love and more than one love triangle. There is definitely angst, of epic proportions, and looking back I think that took away from the story a little bit. The stakes never felt real enough in the deadly magical duel. I enjoyed every twist and turn though. The ending definitely left me wanting more.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Bro......this ain't a clan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the rich historical setting and creation of the magical elements. The relationships fell a little flat for me, but I might pick up the second book at the library to see what happens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so boring and since i have read The Night Circus i could not even finish it. Night Circus is way better- read it instead.
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book in large part because, while it is obviously a fantasy novel, the storyline is original and intriguing. A mixture of history and fantasy combined with fantastic characters who are drawn to one another but also forced to be mortal enemies, I was riveted by the storyline. My favourite character was Vika. She is strong, sensitive, and caring. And I couldn’t help rooting for her through the entire book. On the other hand, Nikolai and Pasha are also engaging characters. The plot was fast-paced and I was completely invested in the storyline. I know some people hate love triangles but this story never really came across in that way. There is certainly tension between Nikolai and Pasha but Vika’s feelings are not in question. I’ll be reading the sequel to this one next and I can’t wait for her next series Circle of Shadows!
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: a beautifully gilded yet deadly tale Enchanting, dazzling, classic, dramatic, gilded, and exciting. THE CROWN'S GAME spins a heart-twisting tale bright with gold on the surface and darkness lurking in every shadow. A game to the death, enforced by magic, royal decree, and the ferocity of competitors all. The ending is technically quite poetic and beautifully tragic and dramatic and overflowing with love and life and death and sacrifice and heart-wrenching sobs of agony at it all. So yes, it was a good ending. But it was exactly the ending that I predicted and feared. And unfortunately this book contained a love triangle, some blasé characters, and a too-familiar plot that kept me from truly engaging with the story. So it wasn't a big win for me. Overall I actually do recommend this book for YA historical fantasy fans. The romance will whisk you away dreamily while simultaneously tying knots in your heart, the magic with dazzle and horrify you, Imperial Russia will awe and the Game will excite, but prepare your heart for a tragic ending. **Read the full review on Wordpress: Pooled Ink
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This I enjoyed for the world building and magic. The romance I found ok, but a bit ryshed.
Reddjena More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit different from the usual fantasy young adult fare in that the setting is Russia. But not only is it set in an Asian country, it’s also set back in time. I enjoyed reading something different, and the Russian setting worked extremely well with both the plot and the characters. The world building painted a lush picture of several aspects of the country, including the imperial family, lower nobility, peasants, and the differences between city life and country life. The magic presented in the narrative felt natural and surrealistic at the same time. We’re given just enough description of the magic system that it fits within the world but there are still plenty of questions that the mystery and intrigue furthers the plot. I was a little confused by some of the stated magical rules that were later broken without explanation. However, I expect some of these issues may be resolved or addressed in the sequel, which I am excited to read. Normally, I latch onto the characters more than
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Usually, only one enchanter is born to continue the line of magicians with a long history of serving the tsar and protecting Russia from its enemies. When two are born, the tsar initiates the Crown's Game where the rival enchanters can showcase their talents and prove they deserve to be the only true enchanter in Russia. Vika Andreyeva has been honing her elemental magic with her father since she was a child. She has always assumed becoming the Imperial Enchanter was her birthright, never imagining there were others like her. Nikolai Karimov's mechanical magic is unmatched--a useful quality to help him lead the life of a gentleman without the funds to match. His magic brought him to the attention of his mentor and his training gives Nikolai the life he never could have imagined as an orphan on the Russian steppe. He is determined to win the game and claim the life he has been promised. When they are summoned to compete against each other Vika and Nikolai meet as enemies. At first. But they are also drawn to each other in ways neither can fully grasp. Only one of them can win the game and only one of them can survive. But even winning may not be enough to protect their hearts in The Crown's Game (2016) by Evelyn Skye. The Crown's Game is Skye's debut novel and the start of a series. The Crown's Game is a historical fantasy set in an alternate Russia where magic flourishes and is a key part of Russia's heritage, not to mention its defenses. Skye grounds this story in well-researched and thoroughly described details of Russian culture and history. The novel is written in close third person with chapters alternating between the points of view of several characters including Vika, Nikolai, the tsar's son and heir Pasha, Pasha's sister Yulia, and others. While the variety of characters rounds out the story it also, unfortunately, decreases the chances for character development. Despite the title and the marketing for this book, The Crown's Game is not the high stakes battle readers might expect. Instead of a fierce battle, the game proves to be more of a magical showcase where, during its early stages, the stakes and ultimate outcome of the game often seem to lack real consequences. Skye does an excellent job of bringing her version of Russia to life. By contrast the fantasy elements of this story are weaker. The magic system lacks internal logic to match the urgency suggested by the story. In particular, it feels arbitrary that there can be only one enchanter. While this may be something that will develop in later installments, it serves as little more than a plot hole here. The Crown's Game is an ambitious novel is rife with ambience and intrigue as both Vika and Nikolai discover uncomfortable truths about their pasts as they move through the game. Twists, shocks, and surprising relationships further increase the tension. Possible Pairings: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Game of Love and Death by Martha A. Brockenbrough, Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski, Iron Cast by Destiny Soria, Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
blamethebooks More than 1 year ago
Let's start with what I liked about The Crown's Game. The setting was wonderful. Russia in the time of the Romanovs...with magic. That alone is enough to make me start drooling. I really enjoyed what Evelyn did with the world and I really felt like I could visualize everything that was happening in the plot. I also enjoyed a lot of the characters. Are they some of my favorite fictional characters ever? No. But I did enjoy hearing their story and following them around Imperial Russia. Now, moving on to a couple issues I had with this book. If you have read the synopsis, you will know it claims that The Crown's Game tells the tale of the only two enchanters in Russia, Nikolai and Vika, being forced to compete in a game to prove their worth to the tsar. At the end of the game, only one enchanter will live and they will become an adviser to the tsar. Sounds epic, right? Can't you just picture the epic battle between these two enchanters, desperate to win the tsar's favor and protect their lives? I could, too. Except that's not what I got. The "battle" between the two enchanters basically just ends up being a contest to see who can make St. Petersburg look prettier. ALL THEY DO IS DECORATE THE CITY. How in the world does that prove who will be a better adviser to the tsar in times of war????? Honestly, this book just wasn't what it was advertised as, and that's not necessarily the author's fault. What the enchanters created in St. Petersburg was fun, but it wasn't the "ancient duel of magical skill" that is promised in the synopsis. I felt like I picked up a book and read the synopsis on the dust jacket, only to find out that the dust jacket had been switched and there was a different book inside. This book was also chock-full of tropes. Tropes, tropes, and more tropes. It felt a little bit like the author was trying to cross plot points off a checklist. Love triangle? Check. Best friends falling for the same girl? Check. Plot twist (that I can't talk about because of spoilers, but trust me, I've seen it before)? Check. Ultimately, it made all of these plot lines feel very forced. The romance wasn't believable at all, and I found myself rolling my eyes at certain obvious plot twists. I know I have just spent a lot of time talking about the negatives of this book. But here comes a giant "but." There were a lot of things I didn't like about this book, BUT, I think Evelyn Skye could grow into a great writer. I can see the potential in The Crown's Game. I really think that as she continues this series, her growth as a writer will shine through. That being said, the ending to The Crown's Game was...interesting. I am not sure how this series will continue, unless the storyline completely diverges into something different and the second book becomes more of a companion novel. I think I will give it a try, though, because I want to see how it is handled and how the author's writing progresses.
Seoling More than 1 year ago
I have insanely mixed feelings about this one. I knew that the hype around this was big and I got swept up in all of it and I think it’s the biggest reason why it took me so long to start it and to finish it. I started reading it when it was still an ARC and I have only just now finished it - not because it was bad, but because life got in the way and my pull towards this book was not strong enough. But I guess no matter how good books are to some people, it’s not a 5-star for another, but I still really loved this book despite the things I didn’t necessarily agree with. I won’t speak to the pace too much. Looking back on when I started, I think the pace was good. However, the plot and main conflict of the story was clever. I loved that it took place in Russia, that it involved the opulence of the royal family (I am an admirer of the House of Romanov, though it is not the family here) and took some direction from our own history. Reading about the tsar and tsarina and their love story was kind of beautiful. The elements of family was so strong. The bonds between Pasha and his sister, particularly his mother and between Vika and Sergei were lovely to read. I could say the same for friendship - I loved reading the scenes between Pasha and Nikolai and was heartbroken at a very pivotal point in the story that shall remain unspoiled. And GOSH DARNIT, NIKOLAI makes me so happy. I’m pretty sure he’s my favorite character in this book. There’s something so sentimental about him, his humility makes him stick out. I wanted to read more about him and knowing his past and the real branches of his biological family make me weep for him. He’s the poster boy for the phrase, “YOU DESERVE BETTER.” And I really hope in the next book, he gets something good out of his life. Oh, well…That he gets something good in general. -coughs- I was not a fan of Vika. She’s one of those heroines that you know is badass, independent, smart - but in the way that is kind of annoying. I know she’s meant to be these things, but her character just rubbed me the wrong way. Like the way that Hermione Granger rubbed everyone around her the wrong way before they started liking her and even then, people disliked her because of the things that made her great. I was just not a fan, but by the end, I disliked her less. I think what bothered me the very most was the triangle. Eugh, I’m so used to them in YA since it saturates everything in terms of romantic relationships. And it’s always two guys and a girl. I was annoyed that it took precedent for the first two-thirds of the book, but by the end, it was obvious that it wasn’t a triangle any longer and I was pleased. I’m happy to read a more well-developed relationship between two characters rather than prematurely test the waters between three characters. Nevertheless, I really did enjoy the story. It did help that I loved this cover so much and I love the next book’s cover as well. The ending was my favorite part - the fact that Vika is left in the predicament that she is makes me need to have the next book. And I’m so glad that it leaves much to the imagination to wonder what happens next for our protagonist. I can bet that no matter what I predict, none of them will be true.
HSMeloche More than 1 year ago
Evenlyn Skye creates a lush, magical world rooted in Russian history. Through her characters, Vika and Nikolai, she adds the human element as they move forward in The Crown's Game, a game to the death, while their feelings for each other grow. A beautiful book with amazing descriptions that will propel readers into each scene.
mollyreads More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book. It was exactly what I needed to remind myself why I love the fantasy genre so much! Lately, I feel like a lot of fantasy novels have had the same formula. It is either 1. commoner discovers magical powers, she may even be the princess, and brings down the tyrannical leader OR 2. princess who is unhappy with her life and falls in love with a boy she shouldn’t fall in love with. This book is neither of those things. WHAT I LOVED 1. The character’s awesomeness Vika — She’s confident and strong-willed, I loved that about her, but at the same time, she does have a soft spot for the people she cares about. I also liked that she wanted to be the tsar’s enchanter. How many stories are out there in which the main character who’s been told they’re going to be X for their entire lives actually wants to be that thing/have that responsibility? It’s refreshing to read about a character who wants to do those things. Nikolai — He grew up an orphan and was taken in by a woman for the sole purpose of training for the Crown’s Game — nothing else. I felt he had a kinder heart than any other character from the beginning. Pasha — who is actually my favorite. He’s the Tsesarevich (or prince) of the Russian Empire, but he’s a free spirit. He’s a dreamer, an optimist, and just simply fun. He’s also Nikolai’s best friend. Overall, the characters are all very complex. I feel like there was enough detail given to each, which is hard work when there are three main characters plus the secondary characters. 2. The historical fictiony-ness of it Pretend that’s a word. Ok? Ok. It has a wonderful blend of historical Russia and magical elements — which I haven’t read much of. The world building was also perfectly done. There wasn’t anything I questioned and nothing left me confused. On top of that, there were references to Shakespeare and various fairy tales we all know and love — also something I haven’t read much of (an incorporation of real life stories into a historical fantasy novel). 3. The subtle – or not? – Cinderella subplot This book definitely had a Cinderella vibe. Pasha was Prince Charming, Vika was Cinderella (sort of), Ludmila was her fairy godmother (which, by the way, Ludmila runs a bakery called Cinderella with a giant pumpkin as the storefront design). Of course, it isn’t a retelling, it just definitely had that going for it. 4. Most of all, it’s unique Sure, there is magic. Sure, there’s a prince. Sure, there’s a love triangle (sort of). Even with all those things that we’ve read a thousand times, this book is such a unique take on all of them. The girl isn’t upset about the future she’s been told to have. There isn’t an evil, tyrannical leader to tear down. And the magic isn’t suddenly discovered by a wholesome, downtrodden girl. It’s new and it’s fresh. >>>>>>>> WHAT I WISH THERE WAS A BIT MORE OF
SammiiTX More than 1 year ago
Wow. What a stunningly, beautiful book. I was in awe of the pictures that Evelyn Skye created in my mind and everything that she had written. She is truly an amazing writer and I cannot wait for more work from her. Other than my glowing praise of Evelyn’s work, I truly did love this book. I usually hate historical fiction because I am not a big fan of history, but that wasn’t the case with The Crown’s Game. This was the first historical fiction book that I really enjoyed. I think that might’ve had to do with the fact that it was also fantasy, and I’m a sucker for a good fantasy books (if what I read and review on here is any indication). The Crown’s Game was set in St. Petersburg Russia in the 19th century during the Tsar’s reign. Now, keep in mind that I have almost no knowledge of Russia and of 19th century history, but you didn’t need it to love and understand this book. Evelyn wasn’t trying to give you a history lesson. Instead, she was showing you around St. Petersburg in such a magical way that you couldn’t help to fall in love with it. Now, all the real St. Petersburg needs is two real enchanters competing for their lives to create what Evelyn did and it would be perfect! Vika is such an intense character. She is stubborn as all hell, guarded, mischievous, and dedicated. Her whole life has been about becoming the Imperial Enchanter and she wants nothing more than to serve the Tsar and her country. She never shies away from anything. Instead, she runs head first into it and calculates her moves. I loved seeing inside her brain and seeing what made her tick. She was truly an interesting character. I really don’t know how I feel about Nikolai. He was a good character and added to the story and all, but I just couldn’t make myself care for him. I really couldn’t make myself care about anyone besides Vika and her baker friend (whose name I cannot spell and I do not have the book around me). Don’t get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with Nikolai. He really did add to the story, I just found his character lacking and slightly annoying. Where Vika didn’t really care about anything besides winning, Nikolai cared about everything. He just seemed too superficial for me to like. I really wished I liked him though. He would’ve been a good book boyfriend. He could make me gorgeous clothes and also teach me things that I didn’t know. He was also really sweet. He did have that going for him. This book is gorgeous. From the cover to the writing, everything took my breath away. I was lost in The Crown’s Game for over a week and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to end. Guys, you should really read this book. It is 100% worth it. P.S: If you are worried about a love triangle, it doesn’t really exist. It is very minimal and it doesn’t take away from the story. I almost stopped reading when I reread the summary and saw that, but it wasn’t that big of a deal.
mdemanatee More than 1 year ago
Vika has been training her whole life to be the next Imperial Enchanter. She never expected that there would be another enchanter to compete for the title. But there is, and it turns out the fight for the title is a fight for the death. Nikolai wasn’t expecting this fight to the death either, even if he’s used to fighting for his place in the world. He isn’t sure how this will impact his friendship with Pasha, heir to the throne, who knows nothing about Nikolai’s magic. So now Vika and Nikolai must try to outdo each other with fantastical displays of magic, even as life keeps thrusting them into each other’s paths. This novel provides a lush, magical world combined with compelling characters. Though, take the historical Russian setting with a little grain of salt. It is more atmospheric than historically accurate. The stakes always felt real and grounded in this novel, and I loved that he magic had rules and costs. There were limits to the character’s powers, their displays of magic weakened them. Even though they were still able to pull off huge displays. Still, we knew these were supposed to be exception showcases of their power. It was also interesting to see how Skye developed different magic–powers and focuses–for both Vika and Nikolai, power directly related to their upbringing. I loved Nikolai and Pasha, and especially their friendship! I had a real sense of both boys, their background and how it shaped them and their decisions. Vika’s development did pale a bit in comparison next to these two for me. I am also hoping to see more of Pasha’s sister as the series progresses. And the novel seems to set this eventuality up for us. I would also have liked to see more development in the romances. The quick infatuation is something I am willing to buy into from this historical, restrained world. But it just seemed so much less defined than other aspects of the novel. It was very close to instal-love and I would like to see this all fleshed out more over the course of the series. Still, romance didn’t seem to be the focus of the novel either. And it was more fun to watch Vika and Nikolai struggle with their choices and the repercussions of the “game” The Crown’s Game was like a wonderful blend of Leigh Bardugo and Night Circus while maintaining a unique and active voice!
AustineDecker More than 1 year ago
Two teens. Only one can be the Imperial Enchanter. Let the games begin. I was, perhaps, too excited for this book. After all the raving on Twitter I thought I absolutely had to read it. So I did. And while it was good, it wasn’t great. The premise is that in this alternate Russia, there can only be one person with magic — the Imperial Enchanter. Problem is, there are currently two people and that doesn’t work, so they must compete in the Crown’s Game where the penalty for losing is death. Cool. Magical competition to the death. I’m a fan so far. What conflict existed because of the Game quickly disappeared when the enchanters, Vika and Nikolai, officially meet and suddenly it’s insta-love for Vika (a shame, because she had been my favorite of the two up until that point). So for the entire book, instead of trying to kill each other — because I refuse to even count their weak attempts — the two decide to make the city pretty. Yes, pretty. Who can make the better tourist attraction? These two have all the power of Russia combined and all they did was paint some buildings and build an island. Okay, yes, impressive, but if I was in a life or death situation that is so not what I would do to one-up the other. Plus, I never really understood the magic. Sometimes a foreign word would be used and that seemed to be what controlled it, but other times willpower drove everything. I wanted a solid magic system that I understood, not that changed depending on the scene. I enjoyed the writing style so I overlooked these setbacks and kept reading because, at some point, there has to be a winner and a loser. But wait, there’s more! There’s not enough tension in the plot because they’re throwing the equivalent of cotton balls at each other so why not add in more with a love triangle. One of my (biggest) pet peeves with young adult fiction is the existence of the love triangle. Vika instantly falls for Nikolai, hindering her actions during the Game. Nikolai has another girl but it becomes quickly clear that she’s not going to be enough. And Nikolai’s royal friend sees Vika and is head-over-heels. None of it was necessary. The plot could’ve held its own if the romance hadn’t existed! I wanted to cheer Vika on the whole time but every time she started redeeming herself Nikolai showed up and the heart-eyes appeared. Vika = mush. I did see a lot of potential in The Crown’s Game hidden beneath the cliches and low points. The writing style kept me reading through the night and after the ending, and I can see a lot of ways the sequel could be an improvement. And the setting of an alternate Russia was described both beautifully and with intricate detail. The plot moves quickly through all of the action (because that’s primarily what this book works on) and by the end I felt like I did enjoy the book to a degree. I’m hopeful that the sequel handles the romance better as it took over the story too often and too soon, but this is an average start to what I hope is a great fantasy series. [Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars]
Maggie Brister More than 1 year ago
For once, the romance was not the focus of a book for me. Evelyn Skye wrote a friendship that was real and alive. The magic and the excitement of The Crown's Game was good, but the characters and their relationships were great. It was honestly pretty slow at the beginning, and the Game could have been more happening, but eventually I was really into it. Give me masquerades all the time, let's be real. Also: I'm really into blonde misfits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unlike many others who were anticipating this book for months, I just found it last week at a local bookstore in Malaysia. As an avid lover of Russian and Kazakh culture, the cover of this novel caught me eye. I instantly knew it was Saint Petersburg, and after reading the summary on the back, I knew I had to buy this book. After reading it, I was a slightly disappointed. I love how Skye chose to use Imperial Russia as the setting of the book, and how the characters have authentic Russian names and surnames. I especially appreciate how Nikolai and Aizhana were Kazakh. Most people don't know the first thing about Kazakh culture, so I was very happy when she created Kazakh characters. And now onto the actual story itself. For the most part, I enjoyed it. It was great. The magic was intriguing. The idea of all of Russia's magic being split between two enchanters was cool. What I did NOT like was how shallow some of the characters were, like Vika and Yuliana. I wish Skye would have expanded on these characters, especially Vika, being a main protagonist in the novel. I would also have liked to learn more of Vika's past, as Nikolai's was explained pretty much in depth (he's from the Kazakh steppe, his mother was Aizhana, his father the Tsar, etc…). The first 3/4 of the book were pretty boring, honestly. I mean, c'mon Vika and Nikolai! You're in a death battle! Show some more urgency! Like do you really not want the position as Imperial Enchanter? There wasn't much action going on until the last 50-100 pages or so of the book. The only thing that kept me interested while Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha tried to solve their love triangle problem was Aizhana. She is one helluva character. She kept me at the edge of my seat when the main characters' problems were boring me. She's menacing, mysterious; everything I love about a villain (if she counts as one, that is). Plus, by "Crown's Game", I thought the magic they would use would be more intense. Not coloring the Neva River or painting buildings in Saint Petersburg (though the dream benches idea was very creative). Like I said, it's a death battle. The ending genuinely surprised me. I really enjoyed that part, and it left me wondering what will happen in the novel to come. So, in general, pretty good book. If you like romance, love triangles, and magic: this is the book for you. Just be prepared for some mellow parts.
Lena_Book_Club More than 1 year ago
I think Evelyn Skye has written a mystifying, exciting, knock-your-boots-off, and crazy-fantwesome debut novel! I loved every second of this book, and I need the sequel right now! The Crown’s Game has multiple character perspectives, which I enjoyed because it kept the plot moving at a fast pace. Vika, and Nikolai are the enchanters. They both use their magic in unique ways that it was hard to compare who had more power. Vika was much more attuned to nature, and Nikolai to metropolitan influences (clocks, buildings, etc.). Pasha is Nikolai's best friend and also happens to be the crown prince of Russia. Pasha really cares for the people of Russia, but his father and Tsar, and his sister, Yuliana, think he’s too soft. There are several other interesting characters that I liked too- here’s a link to Evelyn Skye’s Characters Page ([...]) to learn more about her characters. I did wish that we had a couple more chapters from Yuliana's perspective, only because I really liked her manipulative personality. I love the magic and the “Crown’s Game”. I don’t think I have ever seen this type of magic in any book that I have read, which is why I loved this book so much! The different moves that both Nikolai and Vika make during the Game are so inspiring and pretty much struck awe in everyone’s heart, including the reader’s. This book kept me on my toes, but there were some times that I did semi-predict what would happen in the plot. However, I am glad to say that I was surprised at how the book ended. (ALL THE FEELS PEOPLE…all the feels.) Evelyn has created an innovative world with magic, and it all takes place in Russia! With incredible enchanters, and an adorable prince, you don’t want to miss out on this book! So go get it! Seriously though, it’s one of the best books of 2016! (as you can tell with all of my exclamation points… :P)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book, I can't wait for the sequel but I really want it now! Her characters are amazing and the fact that its set in the 19th century just makes this book better!
Scarls17 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book about a competition between two magicians in Russia fighting to the death to be the Imperial Enchanter. I loved the world Skye created and her characters are sooooo amazing. I was literally unable to cheer for one over the other. Their feats of magic were described so beautifully. I wish they were real!
tweetybugshouse More than 1 year ago
This book is a rousing 5 stars from me it has magic, it descriptive, it makes you want to scream and cry and all the great things a 5 star book should do. You got two enchanters who are wrapped up this "Crowns Game" to become the imperial enchanter. I went into this thinking their was going to this great magical duel of the two main characters throwing magical spells at each other in a all out war to destroy each other. That not what i got I got this magical descriptive battle, that tugged at my heart strings, I fell in love with both contestants and sobbed my heart out at the very end of this book. I gonna keep my review short cause i afraid i dive in i will blurt out the whole story it very good I loved it and I hope you take a chance on it as well. I need book two like yesterday. Thanks Evelyn Skye you set the stake even higher in what to expect in a fantasy novel well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
* I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review* The Crown's Game was my most anticipated release of this year. Unfortunately, between spoilers and a lot of hype, I was a little underwhelmed. Evelyn did a wonderful job describing the scenery and cultural aspects of Russia, but I felt that the characters did not get the same attention. Some of the relationships seemed forced, there seemed to be a lot of information about the characters' histories that were briefly brought up and then dismissed, and certain parts that just didn't seem logical considering Vika and Nikolai had so much power/magic, yet they were so easily controlled by people without those abilities. I expected there to be a lot more action since it is supposed to be about a competition between powerful enchanters (and there were a couple small parts that supported that), but it just fell flat. It was an easy read and a lot of people enjoyed it and it wouldn't hurt to give it a chance. The story has a lot of potential, so I hope the sequel addresses some of these issues.