Date Published: May 17, 2016
Published By: Balzer & Bray
Edition Read: ebook
Dates Read: 12/6/17-12/12/17
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: This was one of my most anticipated releases from 2016 and I just didn’t get around to reading it until now. Sadly I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was expecting to, but I did enjoy it. I liked the characters for the most part. There was an absurd amount of insta-love in this and I hated that aspect of it. The competition part of the story wasn’t quite as good as I was hoping it would be. There were a few things that happened that I didn’t see coming and that made the story a little bit better in my opinion. I will be reading the sequel at some point I just don’t know when I’ll get to it.