The Crown's Game

The Crown's Game

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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 the only enchanters in Russia, and when the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threaten to attack, the tsar wants a powerful enchanter by his side, and as an advisor for the prince, Pasha. He initiates the Crown's Game, a duel of magical skill, and the winner will become his Imperial Enchanter; the loser will die. For Vika and Nikolai, the game is a chance of a lifetime, but they come to realize that their growing regard for each other makes the game impossible to win. And as long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes increasingly clear to them that the Crown's Game is not one to lose.
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062422583
0062422588
Branch Call Number: YA FIC FAN
Characteristics: 399 pages ; 24 cm

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Set in Russia, this historical fantasy, features the Crown's Game, a duel of magical skill with the winner becoming the tzar's Imperial Enchanter and the loser executed.


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Mar 31, 2017

This book is a total MUST READ.

PinesandPrejudice Dec 20, 2016

This book was intriguing and I loved the Russian Magic History aspect of the whole thing. It left us on one heck of a cliff hanger which is frustrating but awesome at the same time. The character development was good and I enjoyed the magic in the world a lot. The plot wasn't that unique and yet I thought the tension and climax were well constructed. There are a lot of questions I still have so I want the second book, like now.

AL_KELSEY Nov 21, 2016

It's almost not fair to write a book about Russia in the time of the Tsars. It's a literary goldmine after the hubbub over Anastasia, the Lost Princess, a terrifying and haunting story about the royal family that I was completely enamored with growing up, and still to this day.

Skye did write an original story, however. This isn't a remake Anastasia, or even a remake Imperial Russia novel. She decided to take some creative control, and I am so glad she did. There are definitely ties to the enchantment thought to be surrounding Rasputin back in the early 1900s, so it is easier to believe this semi-fantasy story because it is not a completely new idea.

The characters are close to what you'd expect in this book, and a lot of the plot reveals the reader can see coming a mile away, but because of the well written story, detail, character/enchanter development, they are reveals you aren't too disappointed in!

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nyeesp23
Oct 12, 2016

This book was wonderful I found it really sad at the end but i want to know where he's mother is and what she is doing. Oh i really want to know!

LoganLib_Kirra Aug 29, 2016

Set in 19th-century Russia two enchanters duel for the spot of the Imperial Enchanter. The winner will take the position and the loser will die. Perfect for fans of The Night Circus.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 25, 2016

The Crown's Game really had me going back and fourth as to if I was enjoying it or not. Vika and Nickolai are forced into a duel, also known The Crown's Game, and one of them must die. But throughout the whole book, of course they fall in love with each other. I was a bit disappointed when the actual fighting came. They really never fought against each other except for maybe the first few turns and that was it. There was rarely any action. And then we come to this big final duel and you're thinking, "finally! Some cool magic fighting." Nope! None of that happened. There was really no fight at all. Near the end I did start to like the characters but really, you go reading a whole book only to have really two interesting pages. This book wasn't terrible but it could have been so much better in the action department. I don't know if there's a second book coming out but I don't know if I will pick it up. All in all, that's why I gave this book three stars.
- @Aweesha_Says of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Who, once in a while, doesn't enjoy some romance in a historical fiction novel? I certainly do, although the ending of this nook may or may not have thrown me into a bit of a tizzy. I, personally, have read a previous bit of Russian history, so I understood a partial bit of the language used. Words like "Tsar" did not bother me as much, just the plotline. The idea of this novel was captivating, but I just did not like the end result or the in between moments. It seemed like there was a giant part missing from suspense. However, this was an overall enjoyable read, and I know that there will be many who will find it more for them than I did. 4/5
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Crown's Game by Skye Evelyn presents two unforgettable characters locked in a Battle Royale to win the title of Imperial Enchanter. Many would call it a marriage of the Hunger Games and Harry Potter but The Crown's game is so much more. The two characters pitted against each other eventually begin a romance that complicates the competition further. However, the rules are clear: whoever wins lives and gains immeasurable power, while the other dies. What follows is a tussle for power set in a Russia that is still ruled by the monarchy. The struggle between the two main characters only becomes clearer when juxtaposed with the struggle between their masters and teachers who happen to be siblings. The book is therefore a portrayal of the ancient battle between happiness and ambition, love and power painted with bold strokes of magic and the wonder of belief.
- @TheEccentric of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Rebole
Jul 19, 2016

I love this book. I found it absolutely beautiful.

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marthabwaters
May 04, 2016

The best way I can think of to describe this is "The Night Circus, minus the circus, in 19th century Russia." Which sounds weird! But I quite enjoyed this. The author has fun playing with history (a helpful author's note at the end expands on this), and while I kind of wish she'd written it as a standalone novel rather than a series-opener, I'm intrigued enough that I'll definitely read the sequels. Romantic and imaginative and sure to find a readership with teen fantasy fans.

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