Deep, Deep Down by Lydia Lukidis          
Deep, Deep Down
Meet the author
Lydia Lukidis
(Ages 7-11)

Evelyn Skye

Dear Reader,

THE CROWN'S GAME is a story of star-crossed lovers, fighting a duel in lush, magical, Imperial Russia. But more than that, it's a story about love — not just romantic love, but also familial love, and the love between friends — and what happens when those bonds shatter.

This is a magical story grounded in reality, with opulent Saint Petersburg as its base, and characters who are much more human than otherworldly. You'll see yourselves in many of them, from the gossipy baker to the quiet servant girl, from the impressive enchanters all the way up to the tsar.

Most of all, THE CROWN'S GAME is the book of my heart. It is life in the face of death. Beauty in the midst of darkness. Kindness and love where it seems impossible for such optimism to survive.

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I hope you love this story and its characters as much as I do!

"THE CROWN'S GAME is a captivating tale that deftly transports readers to a mysterious and fascinating fantasy world, one teeming with hidden magic and fiery romance." —Sabaa Tahir, New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes

"Utterly enchanting. The true wizardry is in the atmosphere — Skye crafts a Russia of magic and elegance, depicting St. Petersburg in such a breath-taking way that you'll swear you're standing on the banks of the Neva and dancing through the halls of the Winter Palace." —Sara Raasch, New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes trilogy

"[A] sumptuous, Tolstoy-flavored fantasy debut... Wildly romantic, wholly immersive, and gloriously over-the-top."  — Kirkus, starred review

"[S]himmers with pulse-pounding romance, astonishing wand-touched wonders, startling long-buried secrets, and a climax at once tragic and heart-soaring." — School Library Journal 

Teen Vogue — "13 Best YA Novels Coming Out in 2016"

Barnes and Noble — "Most Anticipated YA Fantasy Novels of 2016"

New York Public Library — "12 YA Novels to Look For in 2016," calling it "Game of Thrones for the younger set."

An official Junior Library Guild selection
The Crown's Game / Evelyn Skye / Balzer + Bray

Price: $17.99 / ISBN: 978-0062422583 / Published: May, 2016

Ages 13+ / Hardcover / YA