Published by Balzer + Bray on May 17th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance
Reading Challenges: 2016 Debut Challenge Source: Edelweiss
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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 received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Because I’m way too excited to be in the Tsar’s Guard Parade, I shall spice up my review a little bit and add in reasons as to why you should read this book, DEFINITELY. Actually, it’s pretty much a MUST to read this book.
FANTASY. ENCHANTERS. MAGIC. Must you really ask? Magic trumps everything, and in this case, this book is so full of magic, that I was enthralled throughout the whole book. I knew that this book had magic, but I thought it would be battles and bloodthirsty, the type of magic that happened during the last Battle of Hogwarts. But no, the magic in this book is just enchanting and pretty, and damn, in the midst of the Crown’s Game, I wanted to be one of the enchanters too.
Nikolai and Pasha. They had the ultimate bromance. You can never go wrong with them, and they were really tight with each other. The bestest of friends, from two different worlds (not literally, of course), these two guys would make you wish you had a best friend too, because DAMN, #bffgoals definitely. Their conversations never failed to make me laugh, and I kinda wish I was there, being a part of them, because Nikolai and Pasha seriously have the type of friendship that I would want to have with my best friend.
Honest-to-God, cute-as-fuck ROMANCE. Most people were letting me know that there was a love triangle inside this book, and while I do acknowledge that, I have to admit that I didn’t hate this love triangle. In fact, it didn’t seem like a love triangle to me. I’ve always ran away from love triangles because I hated it when the girl flirts with both boys, making both think that they had a chance. And in this book, Vika was definitely NOT like that. To be honest, I don’t even think she knew that both boys like her. So, in my opinion, I don’t think there was a love triangle, and I definitely did not have a particular ship in this book. I just lovelovelove all three of them.
FEEEEEELS. This book will give you all the feels that makes you wish that you could stay in this particular world.
I was a mess. A crying mess of feels that made me sat in the corner for an hour and just rock back and forth. #nokidding I was just there, like stunned, and I had a legit book hangover for the next one week, that I basically just watched Supernatural to cheer myself up again, because OH MY GOD, THE CROWN’S GAME WAS GOOD AND BAD AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN, and yes, I definitely reread a few of the scenes a million times. How could I not?
The utter fabulousness of this book and its whole intricate world-building. In case you have not realized yet, this whole book was set in Russia, and I have NEVER read a book based on Russia, because I’m weird like that. Also, I rarely stumble upon them. So, I was definitely impressed by the detailed structure of the world, and I could actually imagine it in my head. And what’s more cooler? I actually Googled a picture of Russia (like I said, I’m weird), and to my surprise, it was similar to the picture of what I had in my head. I will not lie that I definitely clapped in excitement upon realizing that. This whole book took my expectations and BLEW IT UP into pieces. It exceeded them, like REAAAALLY exceeded them.
You need this book right now. And if you don’t have it right now, well, be patient, young ones. The book will be out soooon, so in the meantime, you
should MUST pre-order this book. NOW. I mean, this book is THE book for 2016. I can feel it in my bones.
And you also get a chance to win the ARC of The Crown’s Game, and guess what? It’s international.