Waiting on Wednesday: The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
Sixteen-year-old Vika Andreyev can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Eighteen-year-old Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters, and with the Ottoman Empire and other enemies threatening Russia, the Tsar wants an enchanter by his side.
Two enchanters in the same generation, however, are a rarity. And a problem. There is only so much magic in Russia, and it cannot be diluted. So the Crown’s Game was invented, a duel of magical skill. The victor becomes the Royal Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected advisor. The defeated is sentenced to death.
The Crown’s Game is not one to lose.
Of course, they both want to win. Until now, Vika’s magic has been confined to her tiny island home, and she’s eager to showcase her skill in the capital city of St. Petersburg. It also doesn’t hurt that the competition allows her to express her mischievous streak. Nikolai, on the other hand, is a study in seriousness. As an orphan with not a drop of noble blood in his veins, becoming the Royal Enchanter is an opportunity he could, until now, only dream of. But when Vika and Nikolai begin to fall for each other, the stakes change.
And then, the stakes change again, as secrets from both their pasts threaten to upset the balance of the Tsar’s-and the Russian Empire’s-power.
The Game is so much more complicated than it looks.
So! Sadly there's no cover yet, but how AMAZING does this sound?! I discovered the existence of the upcoming book just a few days ago and I'm addicted already. 19th century? Russia? Magic? HOT GUYS AND HIGH STAKES? Count. Me. In. I've actually already signed up for the updates and eagerly check my inbox pretty much every day for new news. Desperately waiting on this beauty of a book. You should DEFINITELY follow the author on Twitter. She's SO lovely. Like puppies and kittens frolicking in a bathtub full of cotton candy lovely.
Is it 2016 yet? It's shaping up to be a killer year already!