“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.”
-Synopsis on Goodreads
Hi guys! Allison here! I just finished the Crown’s Game and loved it a lot!
“Imagine, and it shall be. There are no limits.”
Stars (Out of 10): 9.5
Overall Thoughts: Despite the slow beginning, I found I enjoyed the Crown’s Game immensely. The in depth world, the amazing characters, and the terrific yet frustrating plot makes this book a must read. I was lost in the impossible situation Nikolai and Vika found themselves in. I recommend this book to fantasy-lovers everywhere.
Spoilers begin below
The Good: The plot was amazing. The world was unlike no other. The characters were full of lovable qualities. Once you past the 50% mark, you begin to get hooked into this captivating world.
The Bad: The ending was confusing, at least for me. The beginning was a little slow.
The Characters: Nikolai was my favorite. Vika grew on me once how bold and brave she is wasn’t mentioned every two seconds. Pasha had a quality to him that made him almost impossible to dislike.
The Plot: The plot was very interesting. I loved the concept of the game and it was tackled very well. There was no loophole near the end. You win or you die.
The World Building: This was not your typical fantasy world. It was very much a revisioning of Russia. For this, it shone in its originality.
The Stereotypical Tropes: Variation of insta-love, There can only be one, Magic is bad
The Favorite Character: Nikolai
Buy it, Borrow it, Or Bin it: Buy It