MINI REVIEW: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

I know this post goes against my June posting schedule, but I’ve been on a reading blitz since my birthday, and I have to share my thoughts on some of these fantastic new books! 

With an exciting summary, a beautiful cover and decent reviews, I expected great things from this book. However, I think I may have expected too much, because while this wasn’t a bad book, it certainly wasn’t anything special. I enjoyed it, but as I’ve said many times before, it simply fell flat for me. All the right things were there, but they simply never came together, and the ending simply felt like a cheap cop-out.

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.

The Crowns Game

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