"Gorgeous and richly imagined."—Sara Raasch, New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series
"Teeming with hidden magic and fiery romance."—Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes
Perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone and Red Queen, The Crown’s Game is a thrilling and atmospheric historical fantasy set in Imperial Russia about two teenagers who must compete for the right to become the Imperial Enchanter—or die in the process—from debut author Evelyn Skye.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A lot is at stake in the magical battle that lies at the heart of The Crown’s Game. Vika and Nikolai both have supernatural skills and deadly focus, but only one will sit at the right hand of the Tsar to fend off the looming threat of the Ottoman Empire. Set in Imperial Russia, Evelyn Skye’s novel dazzled with spectacular magic, masquerade balls, and political drama. But most of all we loved the two main characters’ relationship. As Vika and Nikolai draw closer, the romantic intrigue is every bit as exciting as the spectacular action.
Don’t even get me started!
This book is AMAZING! How the author wrote this story is like watching the goddess Athena herself weave cloth, without any mistakes. The plot was tempting, the characters were beautifully written. Reading this book was like taking a deep breath into the freshest, cleanest air. There’s a time to be mad, a time to be happy, and a time to be sad. Evelyn Skye made sure you knew when the time was and invited you in. Recommended to fans of Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen), lovers of the Young Elites by Marie Lu and Sarah J Maas.