The Tsar’s Guard Parade: Five Reasons Why THE CROWN’S GAME is a Must Read + Giveaway


I am super excited to be a stop on The Tsar’s Guard Parade. From the very first moment I heard about THE CROWN’S GAME by Evelyn Skye I just knew it was going to be a must read for me.

For my stop today I’m sharing five of the many reasons why it is a definitely-absolutely must read book. And I’m also sharing the tour-wide giveaway for an autographed ARC.

So if you’d like to know just why it’s a book that went immediately to the top of my TBR, check out the book’s description below and my post which follows. And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of this awesome book, enter in the Rafflecopter at the end of the post.


To visit all the other stops on The Tsar’s Guard Parade, check out the schedule on Evelyn Skye’s website – HERE.

And if you’d like to join The Tsar’s Guard, you can sign up HERE.


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Title & Series: THE CROWN’S GAME (The Crown’s Game #1)
Author: Evelyn Skye
Release date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


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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5 Reasons Why THE CROWN’S GAME is a Must

There are plenty of reasons why THE CROWN’S GAME is a book that should exist at the top of every TBR pile. But I’m choosing to list only five of those reasons so that a) this post doesn’t go on endlessly, and b) I don’t accidentally spoil anything since I’m well into reading this lovely book and it would be way too easy to reveal just what’s happened so far.

The Five Reasons

#5…The Setting

The story takes place in the past. In Russia. 1825 to be more specific. Which was a tumultuous time in Russia. And it made me just so desperately curious to visit the author’s Russia during this time period. But for those who might not have quite the fascination with history – or Russia’s history – as I do, think exotic and dangerous country, sexy accents, sexier names, a stunning palace.

Setting alone makes this book a must.

#4…The Royals

Who doesn’t love a story about royalty? Especially one that promises romance, deadly battles, secrets and threats. The tsars and tsarinas of Russia have always had interesting and fascinating stories. And from the book’s description, I knew that the tsesarevich’s story would be equally as exciting, if not more so.

#3…The Love Triangle

While not everyone loves a love triangle as much as I do, a well-done love triangle that has some potentially deadly consequences should be more than enough to pique one’s curiosity. A girl with some seriously kick-a** powers, a future ruler who will lose something even if he wins, and a boy whose love could cost him his life has the makings of one seriously ahhh-mazing love triangle.

#2…The Magic

I am wildly intrigued by magic and magical abilities. I always gravitate toward stories where the characters have some kind of ability to wield magic. Vika and Nikolai’s powers sound so awesome , and maybe just a little bit deadly. So of course I want to discover to what extent their abilities go, learn how powerful they are, and see them in action. Don’t you want to?

#1…The Game

So intrigued by the Crown’s Game – it’s the book’s title after all. Curious to see what the dual between the two enchanters entails. Desperate to learn the outcome of their battle or find out if they were able to avoid battling to the death. The game itself sounds like the very best part of this first book in the series. This competition between the two enchanters is bound to have complications and is sure to cause heartbreak and loss. How exciting is all that?!?


If you love faraway fictionalized historical settings, all the drama that attaches itself to royalty, complicated romances, crazy, kick-a** powers, and a forum for everything to play itself out – and how could you not love it all – then THE CROWN’S GAME is as much a must read for you as it is for me.

And with just under four months until its release, the wait won’t be too long.

About Evelyn Skye

Evelyn Skye

Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn’t writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her 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.

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The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • ONE (1) winner will receive a SIGNED ARC of THE CROWN’S GAME – International

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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