This week, I'm waiting on...
The Crown's Game
by Evelyn Skye
Expected publication: 17th May 2016
Genres: Fantasy; Historical Fantasy; Young Adult
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.
Oh, this sounds so wonderful! Maybe it’s just me, but the synopsis reminds me a little of Throne of Glass, with a bit of The Night Circus thrown in. And it’s set in Russia! I haven’t read too many books set in Russia, so it’ll be a nice change of pace. The only thing I’m a little worried about it the hints of a love-triangle… hopefully it’ll be one of the good ones that doesn’t take over the entire story! Also, pretty cover <-- Totally legit reason to want to read a book! What can I say, I’m a magpie when it comes to pretty covers!
What do you think of The Crown’s Game? Some of the early reviews seem to be positive, so I have high hopes this one will be good. If you’ve read it already, what did you think??
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