The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

4.5 stars – A riveting and imaginative story of enchantments, love and death duel.
Special Blog Trio: NJ, Annie and Amanda

Just finished this book, my first thoughts were: it’s so imaginative and I wish magic actually exists in our world. When I picked up this book, I was pondering what could be more badass than an enchanter and an enchantress battling an ancient magical duel (to the death) for the position of Imperial Enchanter? It did not disappoint. With a heart pounding love story thrown in, it was the perfect concoction and intoxicating mix of magic, illusions, passion, betrayals and enchantments. Let’s face it, the battle is not simply one of magic, but of each characters’ internal battle for what they meant to do versus what is right for them. I loved all the creative elements, the otherworldliness of alternate Russia. I also liked Vika, Nicholas and Pasha’s internal conflict and choices. The story has just enough foreshadowing for it make sense and stay unpredictable, setting up for the next book. The ending was unexpected but kept me at the edge of my seat. It’s an unputdownable, enchanting read.
– NJ

This book was amazing from start to finish I really could not put this book down!!! Such a magical read and very well written, this book is set in alternate Russia where there is only room for one enchanter, as such, The Crown’s Game was founded in order for eligible enchanters to engage in a magical duel to the death where only one enchanter remains and victorious, becomes the Crown’s magical advisor. However, it wasn’t all about casting spells to kill the other, I loved how enchantments could be cast to develop an island and give the opponent illusions you wouldn’t think possible. Yes, there was a bit of romance thrown in there however it was so cleverly weaved into the story line that didn’t have me rolling my eyes.. This book was bombshells galore, just when you thought you were onto something – bam – something else is thrown at you.. This had me on the edge of my seat – a real page turner – by the end it was all “the feels”… I still have unanswered questions and I look forward to the next instalment!!! 5 stars.. 10/10.. such a GREAT read!!!
-Annie

The Crown’s Game is a magical duel between two enchanters set in an alternate historical Russia. The magic and the premise of the duel and the premise of the duel had me intrigued from the beginning. Waiting to see how the enchanters would one-up each other by displaying their magical skill was the highlight for me. I also really enjoyed the two main characters: Vika and Nikolai. I found they were both interesting and I wasn’t sure who I want to win the duel. I didn’t really enjoy the romantic storylines in this novel though as I am not a fan of insta-love – where characters fall in love too soon and you don’t buy it because there wasn’t enough development. I found all of the romantic relationships in this story were insta-love – some like insta-love, some like me aren’t big fans of it. However, overall, I highly recommend this story due to the intriguing magical duel. The alternate Russia created was a really fun world to escape into.
-Amanda

Special thanks to Harper Collins Publishers for sending us an Advance Review Copy in exchange for our honest review

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