It’s time to meet the 26th featured author of the SSS! Introducing…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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Food, Food, and More Food
By Evelyn Skye
I love food. I always have. I was the kind of kid who liked going with my mom to the makeup counter so I could read through all the lipstick names and obsess over whether I’d choose Strawberry Blush or Blackberry Bonanza if I were old enough to wear lipstick. Not that I cared at all about the lipstick. Just the sweet, delicious names.
Which is why it’s probably no surprise that when I grew up and wrote THE CROWN’S GAME, it was infused with walnut-shaped cookies pieced together with dulce de leche centers, and truffles filled with steaming hot cocoa, and cream puffs literally as light as air. I think about food all the time. My days are planned around my meals and snacks. So my books, I guess, are, too.
I’ve been writing for a long time, although novels are a relatively new form. As a kid, I wrote poems for anthologies, and essays, of course, for school. In law school, I wrote legal briefs, and as a practicing intellectual property attorney, I wrote licensing contracts. For a short stint of time, I fantasized about becoming a food writer, visiting fancy restaurants or inventing recipes at home, and publishing my findings on a super popular blog and in Bon Appetit. (Basically, I dreamed of being Molly Wizenberg, whom, incidentally, I went to college with.)
It turned out that my path, however, was writing YA fantasy. Which, in turn, included all the sweet and savory foods I wanted to eat and wanted to create, even if not wholly possible in reality.
But I do hold out hope that someday, a very talented pastry chef will be able to bake the magical treats from THE CROWN’S GAME, like a birthday cake that shoots miniature fireworks or a pâte à choux swan that swims in a lake of butterscotch. But until then, I’ll settle for some homemade borscht. Or even just a slice of black bread with wild strawberry jam.
Maybe I’ll call that Strawberry Blush.
Evelyn Skye is the author of THE CROWN’S GAME (HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, May 17, 2016). She is also an event host at Kepler’s Books and the ringleader of YA Lunch Break, a popular Bay Area book club. When she’s not writing, she can be found chasing after her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. You can find Evelyn online at www.evelynskye.com and on twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.
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