Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday Memes: The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

Happy Friday everybody!!
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The smell of sugar and yeast welcomed Vika even before she stepped into the pumpkin-shaped shop on the main street of their little town.
Friday 56:
Oh, Heaven help her. Nikolai was more striking than she remembered and the darkness in his eyes was more dangerous than she recalled. He was a poisonous autumn crocus: deadly beautiful with no antidote.

She wanted the flower anyway.
This week I am featuring The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye. I got this eARC from Edelweiss. Here is the description from Amazon:
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.


  1. Such beautiful writing. I've heard good things about this series:)

    My Friday 56 from Rebel Belle

  2. If it is as good as Red Queen, then I think I would love it too.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  3. The 'Crown's Game' does sound very interesting! I'm not into all that much YA and fantasy, but good writing always catches my eye. Lovely weekend to you!

  4. The writing for this one seems okay, and I have heard a lot about this book. It seems interesting, thanks for sharing. :-)

  5. So much hype for this one! I'm really interested in checking this out. Happy weekend!

  6. I want to read this one, but OMG that beginning made me hungry!!!
    Happy weekend!

  7. This sounds really interesting and like it could also be very sad - will look forward to your review! The beginning reminded me of when I bake or walk into a bakery ...yum!

  8. I've been hearing so many good things about this book! :)
    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).


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