The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye is kind of like The Hunger Games just with magic and set in 19th Century Russia. It is also an easy read that once you get into it, you can’t take your eyes off the page.
Set in Russia, it follows two central characters of Vika and Nikolai. They both possess magical powers knowing that they are destined to become the Imperial Enchanter to the Tsar of Russia- to aid Russia in times of war and also to make the dinners and balls look amazing. Both do not know of each other until the Crown’s Game is called and the game is simple- one will be consumed by fire and die and the other will be Imperial Enchanter unless one dies sooner.
Which is what both of their trainers want- Vika’s father and Nikolai’s trainer- them to kill each other first to ensure one of them comes out on top essentially. So it begins as Pasha, the heir and Nikolai’s friend, has a big birthday and their trainers are sent to Siberia to wait out the game. Vika is alone for the first time in Saint Petersburg and Nikolai fights with feelings and also being without guidance.
It all unfolds and told beautifully. What is created around the city you can picture in your head and also the arrival of a mysterious character sets it all in motion for a pretty cool/sad ending that fills you with emotion.
I think this is a pretty cool book and I would recommend to anyone who loved The Hunger Games or loves history or just loves Russia. Until next time readers- and thank you for reading my blog!