Ultra Negative Review: The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye

26156203The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Publication Date: May 17th, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres &  Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Competition, Magic, Romance

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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 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.

The Crown’s Game is not worth it.

Do you want a magical book? Something with romance that will make your heart flutter? A world-building that you’ll never want to leave? And characters you’ll come to worship?

The Crown’s Game has none of that.

At first, I was curious about the game. I love the factor of competition that it brings, but here, we only have two players. Now I want to disclaim that I only read sixty percent of the story, so everything I say, I base it on what I read.

So we have two players. Who both control magic like true masters. No, really, they’re gifted, and that’s the problem. There can’t be two people with so much power. One has to die. It’s as simple as that.

One has to kill the other. Every participant has five rounds. But it’s not something people are excited about. No one is watching them kill themselves. They’re just there hunting one another and pulling off magic tricks they think will kill their adversaries.

I wanted to take this book seriously, but it was close to impossible to do that. Don’t say it, Lola, don’t you dare say it—it’s stupid. The competition is stupid. Nikolai tries to kill Vika with birds made of stones for his first round and Vika tries to drown him in the water in front of spectators who think it’s a magic trick for their own pleasure.

All I wanted to say to them was ‘Come on! You can do better than that! Where’s your passion?’

And then there’s the romance. I’m not going to talk about it too much, because there’s very little to say. For Pasha, it’s insta-love. He sees Vika and he’s already enamoured of her. Sadly, Vika has her insta-love moment with Nikolai. At some point, I thought Nikolai and another girl would fall in love but he, too, begins to fall for her in the middle of the story.

So yeah, I smelled a love-triangle.

Another thing my eyes and mind and brain were not able to appreciate was the writing. I hated it. Sometimes it tries to be funny; sometimes it tries to be serious, but the worst part is that it doesn’t create any type of atmosphere. I really didn’t feel anything reading this, except for a great amount of annoyance and boredom.

It’s all action with this author. There’s a lot of showing, but very rarely do the characters show their feelings, and if they do, it’s not a very deep moment. It’s hard to connect with characters who keep so much to themselves. Obviously, it’s fast-paced, since the author doesn’t linger on emotions, but I often wanted to slow things down.

I had some quotes prepared to support my points, but I just remembered again that this book’s not worth it, and I really want to dive into a good book, so I think I’m going to do just that now.

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24 thoughts on “Ultra Negative Review: The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye

  1. Oh I’m sorry to hear it disappointed! I was really looking forward to reading it as soon as I was finished my current read, but I may put it off for a little while. Thanks for the great review!


  2. I have only seen negative reviews of this so far. I’d had been planning on reading it at some point, but I’m pretty convinced by now that I wouldn’t really like it.


  3. This was one of those hyped books I was curious about until I saw the first two negative reviews. What a shame. The setting and concept really intrigued me, too. I have to make a connection to at least one character, so that’s disappointing that the book lacks any emotional depth. I’d like to say I’ll read this one for myself, but maybe when it goes on sale later on.


  4. Great review. I’ve seen this around but thought I’d try it once the hype wore off as it sounded like a stranger version of the Night Circus (Which I loved) but didn’t really look forward to a hybrid baby of a book haha.

    I may pick this one up to see what it’s like but there’s a lot of books I’m planning to read before hand 🙂 I hope you start a new book that you enjoy!


    • It did have a slow beginning, but I too loved it, especially the last 10 or so chapters. Seeing all these people who are giving it negative reviews makes me sad, but I guess I can see where they are coming from.


  5. I’m sorry you didn’t like the book, and I understand where you’re coming from, but I hope you don’t mind me pointing a couple things out. While the competitors in the Crown’s Game are allowed to kill each other, the point of the competition is to prove yourself to be the better enchanter. If you kill the other enchanter then that’s fine, but if you don’t then the power of the game itself will kill the loser after the Tsar has declared the winner. Secondly, since this is a historical fantasy, it needs to be taken into account that the citizens of Russia don’t believe in magic, so the enchanters are only performing for the Tsar. Everyone in Russia just thinks these are elaborately designed gifts in honor of the Tsesarevich’s birthday. And yes, the pseudo-insta-love-triangle is a bit contrived and forced, but at least for Nikolai and Vika, it’s because they’ve never been around another person who can wield magic like them. I’m not excusing it because I too find Insta Love to be aggravating, but I’m at least trying to explain why part of it is somewhat understandable. Again, sorry you didn’t enjoy The Crown’s Game. Not every book connects with every person.


  6. I am laughing SO FREAKING HARD at this lol. You know, as the reviews started rolling in, I noticed quite a bit of them were negative. Many readers said the only thing saving the book was the world-building/writing, and that the characters with their insta-lovey ways annoyed them. Not to mention the competition and how it was BS. Seeing you say the same is basically a nail in the coffin. I’m supposed to be picking this up this week, so we shall see how I feel about it.


  7. Ugh! This is so disappointing. I’ve seen this around lately and was a bit interested in trying it out (I’m in a bit of a slump right now) but I definitely won’t now. Thanks for the warning!


  8. Ahhhh I love your blunt honesty! I really admire that about you. Sorry this book didn’t do it for you. I’m not a fan of the love triangles either. Life is too short to waste on sub-par books!


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