A thrilling and atmospheric historical fantasy set in Imperial Russia — perfect for fans of Red Queen and Shadow and Bone
Vika Andreyev 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 — and 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.
Evelyn Skye is an event host at Kepler’s Books; social media manager for SCBWI’s San Francisco region; and the ringleader of YA Lunch Break, a popular Bay Area writer’s club. When she’s not writing, she can be found chasing after her six-year-old 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.