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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 rating: 3.12 of 5 stars
“He didn’t admit to himself, either aloud or even quietly in his own head, that he was interested in the girl for more than just her magic.”
This was a YA historical fantasy story set in Russia.
Vika and Nikolai were both okay characters, although Vika seemed like the stronger of the pair. I didn’t quite see why both Nikolai and Pasha fell for her so quickly though, she seemed pretty average to me (minus the magic tricks of course).
The storyline in this was about Vika and Nikolai competing in The Crowns Game to determine which of them would be the next Imperial Enchanter, but we also got some other storylines concerning the Tsar’s son Pasha, Vika and Nikolai’s trainers, some friends etc. and there were quite a few secrets kept from people too.
I expected there to be quite a bit more romance in this than there was though, and the romance was really only a tiny part of the story. I thought the love triangle would have been a bit more developed, but instead we had Nikolai and Pasha pining over Vika, whilst she seemed fairly clueless.
The ending to this was okay, and we did find out who became the Imperial Enchanter. This book was only okay for me though.
6.25 out of 10