Hi everyone!!!! How are you doing??? I just finished Caraval and I have to say I’m confused….I liked it but it left me with a weird feeling afterwards that I can’t really place….Anyway, while I’m trying to figure out how I feel about Caraval I decided to write another review for The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye!!!!!
This book became quickly one of my favorite books!!!! It has magic, 19th century Russia, friendship, romance and royalty!!!! What else can I ask of a book??? Really this book has it all!!!!!
The plot of this book was a contest between the two Enchanters of the Russian Empire who have to impress the Tsar enough to become the Imperial Enchanter!! The one becomes the closest advisor to the Tsar and the second dies…Remember the Hanger Games??? If you do forget everything you think you know, if don’t worry you won’t be needing the knowledge 😉 Yes this contest will end with one of the participants dead but it’s nothing like the bloody competition one would expect!!
Our story takes place in 19th Century Saint Petersburg where the country is ruled by the Romanov family. Our main characters and Enchanters are Nikolai and Vika, they have both been raised by their mentors to become the best ad there is also Pasha, the Prince of the Empire and heir to the Tsar and Nikolai’s best friend. So the story starts when the Tsar decides it’s time to initiate the Crown’s Game in order to choose an Imperial Enchanter!! The Tsar requests that no one in the city should be harmed during the Game and that they should impress him in order to win a position next to him…
After having read quite a few books with bloody competitions (Yeah I’m looking at you Hunger Games) it was nice to see something different and beautiful…almost enchanting!!! Even though the scenes they created were beautiful there were always hidden attacks and messages…Nikolai and Vika do their best to improve the city in the wake of Pasha’s birthday but also, even if they are reluctant to attack each other they try to…not with much success!! While they try to win the favor of the Tsar, Pasha after having encounter Vika on the island she lived has become infatuated with her and tries to win her over by inviting her to the royal ball. Pasha knows that there’s a Game going on about Enchanters but he doesn’t know who they are…
One of my favorite scenes are at the ball where Vika and Nikolai finally meet each other and they know who they are…Nikolai invites Vika to a dance but the thing is she doesn’t know how to dance…Nikolai asks her to trust him and even though she thinks of him as an enemy she can’t help but feel the connection they share!!! He uses his magic to enchant her feet and as they are dancing he incises the rhythm and their speed until they are the only ones able to keep up with the music!!!! My descripting can’t really catch the feeling but it’s like I can see them in my mind… two opposites, he the dark and she the light spinning around faster and faster, their eyes remaining on each other while everything else blurs around them until the music suddenly stops and they remain unmoving still looking at each other…it makes me wish for someone to come and take me to a ball!!!! 😍😍😍😍
So after this enchanting (see what I’m doing here 😜 ) daydream our main characters have more meetings, challenges and a beautiful collaboration which brought them even closer!!! Untill of course tragedy strikes, please don’t tell me you didn’t see this coming because it was too good to be true 😒:oops: Pasha learns the truth about Nikolai and he says he wants nothing to do with him…I liked Pasha but his reaction was just too much and unnecessary!!!! But he learned his lesson…the hard way!!!! I know I’m not good at keeping my reviews spoiler-free but I can manage not to revile the end!!! So let me tell you how I felt about it!!!
The ending was totally heartbreaking and it’s not only the epilog I’m talking about the whole roller coaster of the last chapters…I was happy and even though I wasn’t really surprised that doesn’t mean I didn’t like what happened!!!! My heart broke for everyone…
“I don’t regret loving you, Nikolai”
After reading it, it became one of my favorite books and the next one, The Crown’s Fate is one of my most anticipated books for 2017!!! The only thing that I didn’t like was that there will be only two books…really I needed at least three books in the series!!!! If you have read the book I would love to hear what you thought about it and if liked it, so leave me a comment!!!
Her Majesty The Queen ❤ ❤