Hello there! Today I'm so happy to be part of the blog tour for The Crown's Game by the amazing Evelyn Skye. I'm so happy to be part of the blog tour because I loved this book. Please read below and don't miss the chance to win an amazing prize!
About the Book
Title: THE CROWN’S GAME
Author: Evelyn Skye
Release Date: May 17th, 2016
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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.
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye is a beautifully magical read, perfect for fans of fantasy and re-tellings.
I have to say, the first thing I heard about The Crown’s Game was about some kind of love triangle in the book, I don’t like books with love triangle, that’s why I want to talk about it first: It was not a love triangle.
The Crown’s Game is a magical duel between two enchanters and only the winner will live. I was expecting gore and battles and big displays of abilities, but The Crown’s Game was very different from what I expected, and that was good. The magic in this book is subtle, is beautiful, is fascinating and delightful. As a big fan of real life magicians and illusionist, The Crown’s Game felt a little like a tv show about enchanters.
It has everything I love about magic, including the awe of the people around them.
I know some people had struggled with the book in the first chapters because there are many POVs and that happens mostly in the beginning. It was a little difficult to connect at first, because of that, but once you know a bit more about the main characters you just can’t stop reading about them.
I had to say my favorite thing about this book was the characters. I loved them all, they were so well developed and different from each other. And of course I loved the most Nikolai and Vika, the two enchanters. But Pasha was lovely, too. The heir to the throne. Nikolai’s best friend. The one who falls in love with Vika. I was dying to know how this was going to turn out.
Another thing I have to highlight is how wonderful was the world-building. It was atmospheric and magical and realistic at once. I loved to read about this Russia. It made me crave for more.
There are some amazing twists and turns I was not expecting, a deadly creature luring in the darkness, betrayals, secrets and magic and magic and magic.
Evelyn Skye’s debut is a fantastic read and if you enjoy reading about magic and Russian-inspired books, you are going to love this one.
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.
1 winner will receive a beautiful custom THE CROWN’S GAME necklace (similar to the one in the photo below) made by the lovely Tales of A Ravenous Reader, US Only.
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