Title: The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)
Author: Evelyn Skye
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: May 17th 2016
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.
I’m really not sure how I stand with this book. On one hand, I truly loved the setting and the plot itself. I thought it was so interesting, and I was excited to read a book that was set in a foreign country that wasn’t just England or Scotland, somewhere where I didn’t know all that much about it. And if it had just been about two enchanters battling to the death, maybe falling in love along the way, I would have been a happy camper. But why the love triangle?
Just know, it’s a big deal for me to say this, but I would rather a love triangle wasn’t in this book.
I know, I know, I said it. The queen of love triangles, would much rather there wasn’t one in a book. I gasped too, it’s okay.
It felt very forced, and I didn’t feel any spark. Hell, I barely felt spark with the original romance, much less the one that seemed to be thrown in for the sake of drama. If I’m going to put it bluntly, I would say that Vika and Nikolai were mediocre when it came to passion and how much spark there was. When it came to Vika and actual prince charming, I didn’t feel a single thing. Clearly Vika and lover boy did, but I’m pretty sure that’s what we would classify as insta love and even I’m not down for insta love.
Also, I was kind of liking how slowly Nikolai was starting to like Vika, but then half way through it was like he got kicked in the ass and told to hurry up, so he just fell in love with her instantly. I don’t know if that’s insta love, or maybe a mild case of insta love, but either way, me no likey.
Pretty much everything else in this book was amazing.
The plot was interesting, I found myself way more interested in it than I thought I would be, and again, I just wish it had been more about the plot than the love and romance.
I’ll definitely be picking up book two, simply because of how everything worked out in the end. I don’t think I’m going to be having to worry about the romance overtaking the plot, at least not for the first half or so of the book. But, with my luck, everything will get solved in the first chapter and it’ll be book two: love triangle that won’t die.
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!