Hello and welcome to my stop on The Tsar’s Guard Parade! I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. I’ve been highly anticipating this upcoming YA fantasy novel and I hope you are too! I mean, just look at that cover 😍
Title: THE CROWN’S GAME
Author: Evelyn Skye
Release Date: May 17th, 2016
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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.
Along with books and reading, art is a big part of my life so I decided to create some art inspired by The Crown’s Game. I loving being inspired by books and seeing other people’s fanart because everyone’s interpretation of the book is different.
Since I haven’t read the book, I decided to leave the main characters, Vika and Nikolai as silhouettes (mostly) – I have an idea of what they’re like from the synopsis, but their personalities and ambitions are for the most part a mystery. That of course makes me all the more interested in the book – I want to read and find out more about these characters. The background behind the two is slightly transparent because their destinies aren’t yet set in stone – there can only be one Imperial Enchanter, the reader needs to find out who. I’m a big fan of world-building when it comes to fantasy so that encompasses the majority of the work. I’m excited to read Skye’s book and find out more about her world. Thanks for reading my post and be sure to check out the other blog tour stops as well as the giveaway below.
About the Author:
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 http://www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.
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