Privet! I am so thrilled to recommend Evelyn Skye’s historical fantasy debut, The Crown’s Game, as part of The Tsar’s Guard Parade. My list of favorite 2016 releases will definitely include this book. It’s perfectly crafted, fully immersive, and fiercely romantic. It’s even more amazing than its cover and synopsis (and that’s saying a lot).
THE CROWN’S GAME
by Evelyn Skye
Published by Balzer+Bray, on May 17th, 2016, 416 pages
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.
To avoid spoilers, I’m not going to say more about the plot than what’s stated here. What I will say is that The Crown’s Game is told from multiple points of view. Not only will you experience Vika’s and Nikolai’s thoughts and actions, but you will get inside numerous secondary characters’ heads. (To learn more about the characters, check out Evelyn’s monthly reveals, including reveal #9: enter to win Aizhana’s cloak and an autographed ARC.)
The Crown’s Game brilliantly merges real and imagined places and events. You’ll be immersed in the history, politics, language, literature–and food!–of Imperial Russia, 1825.
With its lush world-building, thrilling magic, and star-crossed romance, this spellbinding debut is perfect for fans of The Night Circus, Red Queen, An Ember in the Ashes, and the Grisha trilogy. Pre-order it now and play the Tsar’s game to unlock six treasure chests!
The Tsar’s Guard Parade also includes a giveaway for an ARC of the book. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
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 www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.
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Alyssa recommends new and forthcoming releases in (mostly) young adult fiction at Coven Book Club and Spellbinding Books. She thanks HarperCollins, Edelweiss, and the Boulder Book Store for providing her with a DRC of The Crown’s Game for review purposes. Find her on Twitter.