Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine. It highlights eagerly awaited upcoming releases that you’re excited for.
This is my pick for this week:
The Crown’s Game
Author: Evelyn Skye
Series: The Crown’s Game #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pub Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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.
I wasn’t aware of this book until a few weeks ago, when I saw someone talking about it on twitter. I saw the title of it and I thought, hmm, this sounds interesting! I’m a big sucker for royalty and competitions, and since those are the two things the cover implies will be in the book, I decided to check it out. Well, after reading that blurb, I’m hooked completely. This looks so good!!!
I’m getting a lot of Shadow and Bone-esque vibes from this, and a bit of The Hunger Games too, which makes it all the better. The fact that there’s magic, a competition, forbidden love…oh man, this book has it all! The one thing I’m very intrigued by are the relationships between the characters, as there’s a lot of connections between them and the blurb promises a high amount of drama. And we all know I’m here for drama *smirks* This is definitely high on my list of 2016 releases that I need to get ASAP!