The Queen’s Book Talk # 49 : The Crown’s Game ( The Crown’s Game #1 ) by Evelyn Skye


Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Edition Language : English

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Vika Andreyev 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.

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The Crown’s Game is a book about a boy and a girl destined to kill each other for a position in the tsardom of Russia as an Enchanter. From the start of the book, everything has been so magical. I loved how Skye played with worda and the colors are bursting right off the pages. I loved where it took me and how the book made me visualize what was happening in a way that it didn’t put it as a hight fantasy complicated book but it was simple yet amazing nonetheless. If you love magic and fighting and fantasy then you will love this book.

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4 royal stars for this masterpiece and I am patiently waiting for the sequel

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From the start, I saw Vika as Celaena from TOG. I swear they were like the same person. Smart, fierce and very powerful. Then I met Pasha and Nikolai whom I both loved immediately. I also liked Yuliana but deep inside I knew she will do bad things. Renata seems sweet but really who loves weak characters? I like her but if I were Nikolai I too woukd have treated her only as a sister. I loved Galina and Sergei’s relationship. These characters for me are vital to the success of the story. They made it more interesting than it already is and that is a plus.

The way the author executed the plot twists and the fight scenes and the romantic scenes are very precise and not at all forced. I was afraid that instalove would be present but I was glad to be wrong. Nikolai and Vika’s love was resisting but prevailed. At first I started to ship Pasha with Vika but then I saw that he is a bit of a cinnamon roll and easily manipulated and actually just a friend material.

The plot twist on the end wrecked me. I am steel reeling on Nikolai dying and I want to stab somebody. I wish that he really isn’t dead. I have faith in magic and Vika. Pasha’s regret is so heavy and I actually can’t blame Vika to get angry with him. Anyways, Looking forward to the sequel!

Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

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