There is an exciting fantasy book releasing in May that I cannot wait for, and it coincidentally takes place in Russia, which I visited the past two summers ago. Russia is such a beautiful place, and the intricate history and rich culture makes it stand out so much. In this post, I’ll be giving a tour of places you must go to, if you ever decide on making a visit to this glorious country!
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.
Photos were taken in summer of 2013.
This was declared part of the State Hermitage Museum in 1917, and numerous tourists come daily to visit! It once housed the emperors of history, but nowadays hold relics and artifacts that show visitors a little bit of the story that happened in the past. It’s so easy to get engulfed in Russian culture when going to this place.
Featuring iconic stops such as Lenin’s Mausoleum and St. Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square is a must go-to for travelers around the world! You really can’t miss out a chance to experience Russia the way you can when you stop by this destination.
A Summer Palace is there to contrast with the Winter Palace, and the garden is absolutely stunning. It’s great for a leisurely stroll, while listening to local musicians play authentic music or checking out the numerous stalls that litter the area. It’s kind of like a park, but one that played a significant role in history. After all, a tsar was almost assassinated in this place!
So the western area of Russia is always extolled upon, but travel farther east and you’ll also find some hidden treasures! Lake Baikal is the deepest lake on earth, being around 1,640 meters. It’s an absolutely gorgeous place to visit. You can take a train to travel around the whole lake, which lasts about a day. The hotels there are really quite local, and you’ll find it easy to experience the full culture of Russia in the expansive nature that Siberia has to offer.
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 www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.
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