The Crown’s Game, a new novel from debut author Evelyn Skye will be released on May 17, 2016, and Balzer + Bray, an imprint of Harper Collins, has recently released an amazing book trailer. The trailer features phenomenal dancers that beautifully mimic the actions of magicians, which is what the book is about. Described as “perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone and Red Queen,” The Crown’s Game definitely has us intrigued.
Hypable interviewed the author, Evelyn Skye, about the content and origins of the book, and, if we’re being completely honest, it sounds absolutely magical (pun totally intended).
Describe your novel in five words.
Magical duel in Imperial Russia.
The Crown’s Game has some cool mythology regarding enchanters. How did you come up with the idea?
It seemed like the idea of the enchanters came out of nowhere, but in truth, I think the characters and their mythology had been germinating in my imagination for years. The thing is, I was about to give up on writing — I had eight other manuscripts I’d been unable to sell — when the concept for The Crown’s Game came to me.
Can you give us a brief description of each of the main characters?
Vika is passionate, fiery, and mischievous. She grew up on a remote forest island, so there’s something almost wild about her personality, and likewise, her magic is strongest when commanding nature, be it the elements like lightning and water, or communicating with animals.
Nikolai is pensive, analytical, and ambitious out of self-preservation. In contrast to Vika, he was raised in the capital city of Saint Petersburg and is therefore very polished. His powers concentrate on the mechanical, such as creating bridges or building intricate contraptions.
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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.
The Crown’s Game comes out on May 17, 2016, and we can’t wait to get out hands on it.