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, a duel of magical skill. 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 hasFor 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.
- Publication Date:
- 24 / 04 / 2017
- 134 x 203mm
**spoiler alert** I'm so glad that I have the second book ready to read because I desperately want to know how Nikolai evaded death and whether it's anything like what his mother did, and if not, was it his mother that saved him?
Kind of wanted one of them to actually die, me being a sadistic reader and all, but I really want the little love triangle to find a happy balance. Like if Nikolai and Vika feel that they are the other half of each other's magic like I want them to be soulmates in the magic sense but for Vika and Pasha to be the romantic soulmates. But then there's the fact that Nikolai is actually the technical heir to the throne and Pasha already thinks that Nikolai has everything he wants and I'm just waiting for some kind of terrible situation where Nikolai takes the throne and therefore everything Pasha has (even though he didn't even want the crown) but uuuuggggghhhhhhh.
I also want a lot more elaboration on Vika's volcano nymph mother, I feel like that's going to be an interesting avenue. As well as Aizhanna and what she did after Nikolai charmed her to the church pew (that's if she didn't help him to stay alive after the game).
There was never a dull moment in the entire book and I loved that about it. That there was never a point that I really struggled to get through. BRING ON CROWN'S FATE!! - Hannah (QBD)
A wonderful book about 2 enchanters fighting to become the Imperial Enchanter for the Tsar of RUSSIA! This book is so different from the regular "medieval" fantasy novels mainly because it is based in a country that a lot of people have little to no knowledge about. Skye paints such a vivid picture of fantastical magic and builds her world so authentically that you cannot help but get sucked in! - Lisa (QBD)