Review: The Crown’s Game vs. The Night Circus

June 11, 2016 review 4 ★★★★


Hello my sweet little bookworm! So a little bit ago I was happily reading The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye when I started to hear many comparisons. I heard it mimicked the infamous book by Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus. Now most people would steer clear of these comparisons but since I was enjoying TCG so much, I simply couldn’t resist finding out what all the fuss was about! Wow is all I have to say. I would like to share my findings here with you. To make things fair for those of you who have read but not the other I will be doing two separate reviews and at the end you will find the comparison portion. Now if you plan to take the same path as myself, I would say you MUST read TCG first cause once you start TNC there is simply no going back. I can see the similarities but I do not think it was intentional and I don’t really feel one compares to the other. We will get to that though. Let’s begin.

*Don’t worry I will not spoil ANYTHING*

Review: The Crown’s Game vs. The Night CircusThe Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye
Published by Balzer + Bray on May 17th 2016
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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.
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 was brilliant. Not only did the backdrop of Imperial Russia make for an interesting setting and lavious backdrop but the characters themselves still were able to shine through. Essentially what The Crown’s Game is, is a competition for the choosing of the Imperial Enchanter. This person wields power over all of Russia and is the Czar’s go to weapon when defending the land. Usually there is only one since they are rare but of course in this case there are two. Well a competition certainly does ensue. The magical system was brilliant. I loved seeing how both Nikolai and Vika played out this game side by side. There was of course plenty of distraction, like a charming prince and a fancy ball for good measure. Each has a very unique skill set and the cat and mouse game they played with each other’s magic was glorious! There was many plot twists and although there was an end it didn’t seem like THE end.



Review: The Crown’s Game vs. The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Published by Doubleday on September 13th 2011
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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.
Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.
Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way--a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a "game" to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.
As the circus travels around the world, the feats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the lives of all those involved--the eccentric circus owner, the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them--are swept up in a wake of spells and charms.
But when Celia discovers that Marco is her adversary, they begin to think of the game not as a competition but as a wonderful collaboration. With no knowledge of how the game must end, they innocently tumble headfirst into love. A deep, passionate, and magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
Their masters still pull the strings, however, and this unforeseen occurrence forces them to intervene with dangerous consequences, leaving the lives of everyone from the performers to the patrons hanging in the balance.
Both playful and seductive, The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern's spell-casting debut, is a mesmerizing love story for the ages.

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Oh my bananas! This book absolutely BLEW my mind! I was expecting to be a bit bored since I had just read something similar before but the complete opposite is what happened. The Night Circus could not be described than anything other than an feast for the imagination. I was in absolute rapture every time something inside the circus was being described. For as long as I could remember I have named Hogwarts as my “most magical place I want to live”. Le Cirque des Rêves has now stolen that place in my heart. This story not only spanned multiple lives but it lasted quite some time in years. There is the competition of the two chosen “magicians” but that seems to take a back seat to the circus and it’s wonders. I LOVED that this cast was much expanded. It just felt right that this magical place held all of those eccentric personalities. The way Erin was able to take about 20 loose threads and tie them together into the perfect bow of an ending was nothing short of miraculous. This story definitely did end, although I will always wish for more.


10 ++++


Comparisons & Contrast

  • While each book was based on essentially a magical duel, TCG had a specific purpose while TNC was more of a friendly wager turned tradition.
  • TNC had a whole bevy of characters and different plot lines while TCG was focused solely on two people and the core people around them.
  • TCG was based mostly in St. Petersburg. TNC traveled all over the world and had multiple locations on top of that.
  • TCG was a brief flash of the past then mostly in the present while TNC spanned years and years and years.
  • TNC imagery took the cake by far but when you have a whole magic circus to work with it is only fair.

I really think that they were both amazing stories.  The Crown’s Game must be read first though if you plan to read both. I’ll attempt to explain why. Let’s say they are both chocolate cake. The Crown’s Game is a Devil’s Food Cake. The Night Circus would be decadent dark chocolate whisky cream, milk chocolate, mocha cream, and white chocolate dulce de leche all sandwiched between moist wedges of devil’s food cake. Oh…. all of this, plus milk chocolate marshmallow frosting, dark chocolate drizzle and chocolate shavings, that’s what.


In conclusion…read them both!

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About Evelyn Skye

Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn’t writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN’S GAME is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online at and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.

Let Me Break It Down
Overall Story?
3.5 / 5
Bad Ass M.C.?
5 / 5
3.5 / 5
Love Tingles?
4 / 5
World Building?
4 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4 / 5



About Brittany

Britt is a pretend adult who spends most of her day trying to work Mean Girl Quotes into day-to-day conversation. She reads. She Moms. She Caffeines. Sometimes she also likes to talk about all of these things in no particular order and apparently in the third person.

4 Responses to “Review: The Crown’s Game vs. The Night Circus”

  1. Leah

    I own both and still have to read them. Hoping to get to them this year 🙂 Thanks for the comparisons!

  2. Amanda

    I was really curious to see how you would put these two together. Great way to review them. You’re lucky you read the Crown’s Game first! The Night Circus is so excellent it is hard to follow that up.

  3. Eileen

    I really love The Crown’s Game! It was different from what I thought, a really good different though! I tried to read The Night Circus a year ago but couldn’t really get into the story so I stopped. Reading your comparison makes me want to give it another try:)

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