The Tsar's Guard Spotlight Tour: Top Five Magical Moves in The Crown's Game

Hi BookDragons,
And Welcome to my stop on The Tsar's Guard Spotlight Tour! I AM SO EXCITED to be a part of this tour with so many other bloggers and Crown's Game fans!

One of the BEST part of The Crown's Game was the WONDEROUS Magical Moves made by both sorcerer's playing the Crown's Game, and for my post today, that's what I'm going to be talking about!

Welcome to my take on the Top Five Magical Moves in The Crown's Game (and don't forget to enter the giveaway for an ARC of Crown's Fate!)
The Masquerade Box

Image result for a magical trunkIntended as a gift for Pasha's (The Imperial Prince) Birthday Ball, Nikolai made two of these gorgeous boxes - one for the public to get their costume's for the Masquerade and the second specifically for Vika.  How it works? Put your old clothes in - hats, rags, old gowns and shoes and the box will magically provide you a BEAUTIFUL Outfit for the ball.  It was such a smart idea, especially since it catered to the idea of Russian High Fashion, and I LOVED IT. 
Image result for dancing ballerinas one male one femaleThe Dancing Ballerinas

One of Nikolai's finer tricks, the dancing ballerinas left in the town square in a box was SUCH intricate, intimate magic that made my heart dance along with it.

With the boy jumping out from one box, and the fairy winged ballerina from the other, doing their own thing and then dancing together all on a makeshift stage was something so DELICATE and THOUGHTFUL and such BEAUTIFUL magic, that I sort of fell in love.

Not to mention, it also brought danger to Vika at the end of the dance with such finesse, I couldn't help but be impressed.

Vika's Water Magic
Image result for water magicTHIS WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. Vika coloured the waterways all over Saint Petersburg from the main Neva River and all the rivers, tributaries and canals vividly and the put on a WATER SHOW with a a few hand movements.

With streams of water leaping elegant arches, twirling like jeweled helixes and blossoming in flowery shapes that ended in a stream of blue fireworks that REPEATED every hour, this was one SERIOUSLY AWESOME trick (and the one that also got me REALLY into the book)
Image result for ISLAND
The Island


An Island. AN ISLAND. My breath literally caught when I saw the note Pasha sent Nikolai about Vika's Island and IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL.

The Dream Benches

Image result for bench on an islandMy favourite Magical Move in the MARVEL that was The Crown's Game was Nikolai's dream benches that were an added improvement to Vika's island.

The benches basically transported you from the magical island and into another place that a sign on the side spoke about and LET YOU EXPERIENCE IT AS IF IT WERE REALLY THERE. It was SUCH BEAUTIFUL MAGIC - by far the best in the book (it so warmed my traveler's heart) From the Kremlin's Walls to St.Basil's Cathedrals to Moscow, I LOVED THESE, AND I CANNOT EXPLAIN HOW MUCH I WISH THEY WERE REAL!
Title: The Crown's Fate 
Author: Evelyn Skye
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Part Of A Series?: Yes, Book 2/2 of The Crown's Game Series
Official Summary:  The gorgeous and darkly compelling sequel to The Crown’s Game—perfect for fans of Red Queen and Shadow and Bone.
Magic is growing, shadows are rising, and the throne is at stake…

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.
Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.
For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.
With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.
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Evelyn Skye is the New York Times bestselling author of THE CROWN’S GAME (out now!) and THE CROWN’S FATE (May 16, 2017). She 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 Evelyn isn’t writing, she 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.

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From this week:

Feb. 6th- The Eater of Books!: 10 Reasons I'm Excited for TCF
Feb. 7th- A Thousand Words A Million Books: Top 5 Magical Moves in The Crown's Game
Feb. 8th- Seeing Double in Neverland: Fanmade Bookmarks & Swag
Feb. 9th- A Page With A View: YA Fantasy Books set in Russia
Feb. 10th- Dana Square: Recipe from The Crown's Game

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