Everything about The Crown’s Game has a loyal Tsar’s Guard like me itching to read it when it comes out. The magic, the intrigue–the Russia of it all. I’m excited. Not least of all for the setting… I have soft spot for the a period Russian aesthetic; from the opulence of the architecture and design, to the sumptuousness of the fabrics. And the weaponry. You just can’t beat a good rapier… and the 19th Century left us with quite the wealth of stunning weaponry. Far better to have simply hanging on your wall than sticking out of someone’s gut, too, but whatever your preference/need, I suppose!
Check out these examples of swords/daggers from the same (more or less–some of them just look the part!) period as The Crown’s Game. Any one of them would be a firm favourite of any Russian guard.
I have a few swords in my collection (shared with my brother), but I am missing something as decorative as these pieces. To me, they capture the opulence of this era, all gilt and gemstones and definitely making a statement. Within The Crown’s Game, I’m anticipating an exciting, thrilling book with everything of the period Russia I love. And I am excited. Pretty sure you should be, too.
Here’s why else The Crown’s Game is going to be amazing – and all the details you’ll need. And you should also check out my interview with Evelyn for Fantasy Faction.
Title: THE CROWN’S GAME
Author: EVELYN SKYE
Release date: May 17th 2016 US/ June 30th 2016 UK
Formats: Harcover, ebook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks
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.
About the author: (once you’ve checked out my interview, you should follow Evelyn on her social media and join the ranks eagerly awaiting The Crown’s Game.)
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.
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