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This is the sequel to the Crown's Game. Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, Pasha is about to be coronated as Tsar but these aren't peaceful times. There are whispers of revolution and with a sinister magic user is discrediting Pasha's ability to rule.
I really enjoyed the first book in this duology. I loved the setting, the description of food and the magic duel. The battle in the first book was more about one upping one competition rather than and all out duel.
I was really apprehensive to see how the author would wrap this series up.
But I have to say, for the most part I really enjoyed this book. I liked how the author revisited each of the characters we met in the first book and tried to tie up all their storylines.
What I didn't like about this book was some of the character development. I thought Nikolai had the most character development out of the trio, he kept being pushed further and further into a darker place and I really liked seeing him turn into such a gray character.
But the thing is both him and Vika were being pushed into these darker moments. I like complex characters but can I call them morally grey when they were being manipulated and/or ordered to commit these acts?
I found myself loving the setting and plot more than the individual characters. I wasn't surprised by how this story ended nor was I really impressed by it.
It was a good story and I can't wait to see how the author follows this series up.
I gave this book a B-
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.