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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Teeming with hidden magic and fiery romance.”

    Sabaa Tahir, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A delicious mix of Russian history and fantasy, Skye’s debut brims with magic and forbidden love.”

    RT Books Reviews

  • “The plot is not so much dramatic as operatic…And, like many an opera, the climax is beautifully tragic, leading to a poignant, bittersweet epilogue with just enough bread crumbs to leave open the possibility of a sequel. Wildly romantic, wholly immersive, and gloriously over-the-top.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Skye skillfully incorporates Russian history, detailed and intriguing backstories for all protagonists, and inventive feats of magic by the two young enchanters. Colorful and imaginative ideas are fleshed out in a fast-paced plot, surprises come at nearly every chapter’s end.”


  • “Narrator Steve West tells this fantasy tale with great emotion…West captures the fear in their voices as well as the affection that grows between them as they fall in love despite the brutal situation. West creates a Russian-accented voice for each character, which enhances the setting and builds a fantastical world that is still grounded in Russia. Yet each character maintains a voice that reflects his or her unique qualities. Listeners will be engaged in this adventure, which encompasses love, family, and friendship in the most dire circumstances.”


  • “The forefront of this speculative fiction title, the action-packed, magical duel, is set against the backdrop of a richly detailed world.”

    School Library Journal

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for May 2016
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