Review: The Crowns Game

Sunday, 9 October 2016
 Release Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 399
Format: Hardcover
Genre: YA/Fantasy
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.
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 Crown's Game was one of those books that I knew I would love before I even read it, as soon as I had consumed the first few pages I knew that I had made correct judgement again. These fantasy/magic type books are always my favorites and Evelyn Skye definitely knocks it out of the ballpark with her writing. In a field crowded with heavy-hitters like Throne of Glass and Shadow & Bone, The Crown's Game makes itself stick out and even push the others aside.

Starting with a small Russian village before moving onto the wild forests and large cities, Evelyn Skye includes all kinds of settings for us to read about. This varied world-building had me falling in love with  Russia and its landscape even though when someone asks me where I want to travel to I would normally never say Russia. I've always seen Russia as a cold and bleak place but The Crown's Game showed me a completely different side of it (even if not all of it is true). Some of my all-time favorite books have amazing world building and I see it as an essential part of reading a book so the fact that The Crown's Game did such a great job is part of the reason why I'm rating it so high. It's not always an easy task to change someones perceived notions (like me on Russia) but Evelyn Skye manages to do so and in the process create an amazing book.

The character are no disappointment either as the two main characters are so complex and detailed that I simply couldn't stop reading. We receive some back story and information on the two enchanters before they start participating in the game. Everyone else from their mentors to the royalty and secondary characters were just as detailed and provided even more reasons why I couldn't tear my eyes away from The Crown's Game.  However, I do hope that in the sequel we get more of a background on the two enchanters, we got a bit but not enough to satisfy my curiosity. Additionally, the Ottoman Empire aspect of the book really intrigued me (since I'm Turkish and my great great grandfather and those before him were part of it) so I really really hope that part of the book is explored more. I can't think of anything negative to say about the characters or plot, this was simply an amazing read that I enjoyed every second of.

As every book lover has experienced at one time or another I was recently in a book slump where I couldn't find the motivation to read. But that all changed when I decided to finally pick up The Crown's Game, now my motivation is fully back and I'm on my third book in less than a week! The Crown's Game more than met my expectations and provided an amazing tale about magic and love across the expanse of Russia. If you're a YA or even just fantasy fan I 100% recommend that you pick up a copy of The Crown's Game, you'll end up loving it just like me.

5/5 - Amazing Book!

Thanks Harper Collins Australia for sending The Aus. Library review copies
1 comment on "Review: The Crowns Game"
  1. I TOTALLY agree with you here! I had so many high hopes going into this book, and was elated when they ended up being realized! Seriously, this book had so many amazing things going for it- like you said, the main characters were fabulous. And I was so excited about the Russian setting too! I think that the author did an amazing job with the Russian landscape too- I think a lot of people see it as just bleak and cold and awful, but I was in St Petersburg in the summer and it is SO gorgeous, and I think Evelyn really brought that to life! SO glad you enjoyed this one too, fabulous review!


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