So, what’s it about?
First Lines Fridays is a weekly — obviously — feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words where we dare to ask: What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? It is a meme that allows us to explore the world of fiction.
I myself judge books by their author, cover, and notoriety. So, seeing people do this challenge for months has had me pick up some pretty amazing books.
How it works?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be a current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t provide any other details about the book just yet — let’s see if it hooks the reader in!
- Finally…reveal the book!
The smell of sugar and yeast welcomed Vika even before she stepped into the pumpkin-shop on the main street of their little town. She resisted the urge to burst into Cinderella Bakery – her father had laboured for sixteen years to teach her how to be demure – and she slipped into the shop and took her place quietly at the end of the line of middle-aged women.
The book is The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye.
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Genre: historical fiction, magic, fantasy, romance
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.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.
This book needs more hype. It is such a beautifully woven tale that features vast acts of magic and brings in a mystical style of writing that will leave you breathless. I absolutely adored the story and both Vika and Nikolai. The second book wasn’t my favourite (I’m really not a fan of sequels usually) but this is still a series worth your time!
Happy reading everyone!
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