Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

The Cumberland University Library has been given the opportunity to participate in a blog tour (The Tsar's Guard Parade) for the upcoming book The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye.  There are over 100 blogs participating in this event: Find the complete Tsar’s Guard Parade Schedule at Evelyn Skye’s website!

This book (there is more information about the book below) is set in Russia during Tsar Alexander I's reign (1801-1825).  Instead of simply reviewing the book and telling you how much we loved it (which we did and we can't wait for people to read this book!) we decided we'd give you a little information about the food that is mentioned in this book.  There are several Russian foods mentioned throughout the book.  We thought it would be interesting for you to know what these dishes look like so that you could have an idea in your head (and be drooling at the same time) as you read this book (it comes out in May!)  Here are just a few of the foods mentioned in the book (I don't know about you, but I suddenly got very hungry....):

 Blini w/ Strawberry Jam


Blanquette de veau


Kulich Easter Bread

Vatrushka Pastries


Borodinsky Bread (a favorite of Vika's father!)


Borscht Soup


Oreshki Cookies



Don't all of these look delicious?   I may have to try a few of these out!  I think my personal favorite is the Blini with the Easter Bread close behind it. We hope this gives a good visual for when you are navigating your way through this wonderful book.  Our copy will be available for check out when this book releases later this year.  We hope you enjoy this book and the wonderful backdrop of Russia (and the culture) as much as we did.  Anyone want to plan a trip to Russia????

About the book:

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 

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes 
dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

Release Date: May 17th, 2016

Pages: 416

Publisher: Balzer+Bray

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

About the author:

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. Evelyn can be 
found online at and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.

To win an ARC of The Crown's Game enter the giveaway below!

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