Thank you to Brittany’s Book Rambles for hosting a read-along for The Crown’s Game! I had a great time discussing the book with everyone in the Team Nikolai group!
The Crown’s Game is so much like The Night Circus! I love Evelyn’s beautiful descriptions and I learned a lot about Russia! It’s nice that it is told not just in the three main characters povs, but others too. Vika is just the cutest nane ever! When I first met her I was like ‘awe how cute’ but then I found out that she has some spice! The little story of how Pasha and Nikolai met was adorable! It gave me Six of Crows vibes. Every time I see the name Galina I think of Galinda from Dorothy Must Die! There are so many great books I compare this too but it really is a unique book! The ending is so great! It isn’t a cliffhanger so you could just read this as a stand-alone but you will have some questions (and I recommend reading more of Evelyn’s books). I can’t wait for The Crown’s Heir!
Vika was on the ARC covers but the publishers decided to remove her.
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.