I’m enormously pleased to shriek at you how GLORIOUS The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye is! I’m part of the blog tour today, and I’m extra seriously excited about this!! HUZZAH! (I know. It’s always hard to tell with me.)
So let me throw epic bookish photographs at you (!) and lists of reasons you should read this book (!!) and there’s a giveaway at the end (!) and heck yes I’m using Anastasia gifs because WHAT A RUSSIAN OPPORTUNITY (!!!)
And then you’ll want to go read this book. I basically guarantee (or decree?) it. IT IS SO GOOD.
- IT IS A RUSSIAN FANTASY. Now I don’t know about you, but I absolutely suffocatingly adore Russian-inspired fantasies. And there’s not enough of them?! This book fills a need in my very soul.
- IT HAS MAGICIAN’S THAT DUAL TO THE DEATH. And that is mildly exciting, I must say.
- THE FIRST CHAPTER TAKES PLACE IN A BAKERY. Wherein the author basically thought, “How can I make this book perfect for, specifically, Cait?” And proceeded to just write the book to me. How nice, right? NOW DELIGHTFULLY THOUGHTFUL.
- THE COVER IS UTTERLY FANTASTIC. Pfft, don’t call me shallow. You know you were drooling over the cover too.
- IT’S MAGICAL AND SORT OF HISTORICAL FICTIONY. Yes, I used “fictiony” and if you don’t believe it’s a word, well, we can dual on this and I TELL YOU I HAVE MAGICIAN POWERS TOO. Ahem. Back to the book. I loved the author’s note in the ARC and how she explained she studied Russia in college. And you can tell all that research utterly paid off! So many Russian words and descriptions of places and culture. It was grand. And all the details just made the book LEAP off the page. Wizardry, I tell you….
- ALSO THE CHARACTERS WERE SO GOOD. Although I didn’t quite connect to them emotionally. But I am like a vastly Vulcan fiend so, pffft, we’ll move past that. Let’s run through them run real quick:
- VIKA: She’s an enchanter and fiery-red-haired and spunky and likes to set things on fire. She’s very powerful. Very fierce. Although I whisper “red hair and fiesty? really?” because it’s a little cliche.
- NIKOLAI: He’s the other enchanter (there are two folks…and THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE). He’s intelligent and nerdy. Like while Vika is setting the world on fire, he’s reorganising the library. WITH HIS MIND. Needless to say, I love Nikolai.
- PASHA: He’s the future Tsar and has the “I don’t want to be king!” thing going on. So he sneaks out, gets grubby with the commoners and he’s so funny and quirky and generally sassily awesome. I LURVE PASHA THE BEST. (FYI his actual name is “Pavel”. Do not be me and think a) that Pasha is a girl, and b) that Pasha is a passionfruit vine. Be wiser than I.)
- AND LET’S UNDERLINE THAT THE GAME-DUAL-THINGY WAS GLORIOUS. Although I thought it’d be two wizards blasting each other? But really it was a “impress the Tsar and you get to live and rule with him”. Or else — you die. So it actually wasn’t that fast paced? I expected the stakes to be a liiiittle bit higher, but I enjoyed all the Russiany culture and scenery so it didn’t matter too much.
- IT WAS EASY AND QUICK TO READ. I just blazed through it in only a few sittings.
- DID I MENTION MAGIC? Because there’s lots of magic. Magical islands and costumes and food and tea. The only unmagical thing about this book was that the delicious Russian food didn’t pop out of the pages so I could eat it too. #disappointed
- THERE IS A LOVE TRIANGLE…BUT IT WASN’T THAT IRRITATING? Although I actually even question whether Vika loved either Pasha or Nikolai. Vika seemed pretty focused on just WINNING. #priorities So either the romance is underdeveloped or I love Vika’s focus. Ahem. But needless to say it was refreshing not to have her whining about “WHOOOO SHALL I CHOOSE” the whole time.
- APPLAUSE FOR THE WORLD BUILDING AGAIN. Because…no. I need no reason. Just do it.
- THE ENDING! OMG THE ENDING!! It has a feels stabby ending of glory and I absolutely loved it and NEED THE SEQUEL ASAP.
- AND I’M UNSURE WHY YOU’RE STILL HERE READING THIS LIST WHEN YOU OUGHT TO BE OUT READING THIS BOOK. (Okay it’s not quite published yet, so that could be the reason. BUT STILL.) Basically if you like magic creations and Russian fantasies and woooooah finales — then The Crown’s Game is for you. I shall just be here, screeching from the onion-shaped Russian rooftops, that I approve of it monstrously.
THANK YOU TO BRITT FOR INVITING ME TO BE ON THE TOUR! The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye is officially released on MAY 17th 2016.
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.
Here’s a peek at the tote (designed by @EvieSeo!) that you could win: