“Waiting on” Wednesday: The Crown’s Game, by Evelyn Skye

For this week’s “Waiting on” Wednesday (a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases), I’m celebrating Evelyn Skye’s The Crown’s Game.

From Evelyn’s website:

Sixteen-year-old Vika Andreyev can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Eighteen-year-old Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters, and with the Ottoman Empire and other enemies threatening Russia, the Tsar wants an enchanter by his side.

Two enchanters in the same generation, however, are a rarity. And a problem. There is only so much magic in Russia, and it cannot be diluted. So the Crown’s Game was invented, a duel of magical skill. The victor becomes the Royal Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected advisor. The defeated is sentenced to death.

The Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

Of course, they both want to win. Until now, Vika’s magic has been confined to her tiny island home, and she’s eager to showcase her skill in the capital city of St. Petersburg. It also doesn’t hurt that the competition allows her to express her mischievous streak. Nikolai, on the other hand, is a study in seriousness. As an orphan with not a drop of noble blood in his veins, becoming the Royal Enchanter is an opportunity he could, until now, only dream of. But when Vika and Nikolai begin to fall for each other, the stakes change.

And then, the stakes change again, as secrets from both their pasts threaten to upset the balance of the Tsar’s—and the Russian Empire’s—power.

The Game is so much more complicated than it looks.

This book sounds amazing, right? Don’t you want to read it now!

Unfortunately, The Crown’s Game won’t be out until summer 2016 (Balzer + Bray). BUT HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS: On the first Wednesday of each month (for ten months), there will be a character reveal, and the first one was at 10 AM EST today! Who is it? Click on the lit up portrait!

From Evelyn’s website:

You’ll uncover details about the people, the magic, and the conflicts of The Crown’s Game. And each month, you’ll have a chance to win a prize related to the character featured.

Begin exploring now. Click on a lighted portrait to learn more about The Crown’s Game, then scroll to the bottom of the page to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.

And don’t forget to come back again and again for more. You won’t be disappointed.

Want to know about other 2016 debuts? Check out this post on the Fledging Author Twitter Chat. There’s a giveaway!:)

Alyssa is eagerly awaiting The Crown’s Game as a member of The Tsar’s Guard. She recommends new and upcoming releases in young adult fiction at Coven Book Club and its sister site Spellbinding Books.

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