|The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skyepub 5/17/16 by Balzer + Bray|
Young Adult - Fantasy
Received ARC via Edelweiss
We switch back between Vika and Nikolai’s point-of-views and I immediately could not choose a winner. I wanted both of them to win the duel and fall hopelessly in love (trust me, you will too!). But their lives, this game and the people orchestrating this entire event make everything complicated and dangerous for them both. One of my favorite parts of the story was seeing what Vika and Nikolai are capable of. Each were raised to develop their magical skills but Vika was raised by a loving father on a small island while Nikolai was an orphan taken in by a cold but knowledgeable tutor. They’re both powerful in their own way and conjured up magic that the author took great pains to describe. And it paid off! Magic is like a third character in this book and I loved imagining their enchantments.
My other favorite part were the characters themselves. Vika and Nikolai are intelligent, kind and imaginative and it’s no surprise they are drawn to each other from the start. But both have entanglements to the crown — mainly in the form of Pasha, the prince who falls for Vika and Nikolai’s best friend. (Love triangle alert! But it’s one I didn’t mind.) I thought all the different plots came together really well and kept the story constantly moving forward until the very end. Which I guarantee will have you clamoring for the next book in this series.
Do I recommend?I do! It was super enjoyable to immerse myself in this world and story and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.
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