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.


This book was pretty good, it was better than I was expecting it to be however I wouldn’t say it was one of my favourite books ever, however it was fairly enjoyable.

One of the things that I just couldn’t get my head around in this book is the love triangle, I’ve read so many books with love triangles but there comes a time where enough is enough. I mean I loved both of the guys in the love triangle, I just wished that there wasn’t a love triangle as they have just become your stereotypical YA romance. Lets also not get into the insta love….

I did however love the magical aspects of this book, they really intrigued me at times and I found that they were well wrote, however I did find that the story took a long time to get into and  progress and I found myself getting a little bored but was told it would get better the more I read.

This book was fairly action packed though, I found that when there was action happening that it was kickass and interesting. I also found that there was a nice contrast between the funny lines of the book but there was also some serious lines and scenes.

Overall, I would say this book was alright, the characters and the setting were for the most fairly intriguing and I really liked the magical aspect of it. I would recommend this to all those that love magical, reads and if this does sound intriguing to you I would give it a go!




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