This is book number 1 in the Circle of Shadows series.
A thrilling new fantasy series full of magic and betrayal—from Evelyn Skye, New York Times bestselling author of the Crown’s Game series.
Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.
As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark.
So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.
Love, spies, and adventure abound as Sora and Daemon unravel a complex web of magic and secrets that might tear them—and the entire kingdom—apart forever.
Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the CIA, 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. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Crown’s Game and its sequel, The Crown's Fate. Evelyn can be found online at www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.
“Heart-stopping action and breath-stealing twists kept me up late into the night, but the fierce camaraderie between the characters is what cemented my love for Circle of Shadows. Work hard, mischief harder—and read this book as soon as you can!” — Sara Raasch, New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series and These Rebel Waves
“I was captivated by this lush and beautifully written story of courage, treachery, and deceit.” — Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Traitor’s Game
“Epic in scale, immersive and imaginative, Circle of Shadows will reel you in and refuse to let you go. Evelyn Skye weaves extraordinary worlds, with a magic any taiga would envy–I never wanted to leave Kichona.” — Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Illuminae series
“Dark. Thrilling. Intoxicating. Evelyn Skye has created a sumptuously exquisite world brimming with heart-pounding danger, shocking twists, and spellbinding magic.” — Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Praise for THE CROWN’S FATE: “A memorable alternate history and a page-turner full of surprises.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Praise for THE CROWN’S FATE: “Fans of The Crown’s Game will be delighted” — Booklist
Praise for THE CROWN’S GAME: “Wildly romantic, wholly immersive, and gloriously over-the-top.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Praise for THE CROWN’S GAME: “Readers will eagerly await the next installment.” — School Library Journal
Praise for THE CROWN’S GAME: “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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes
Praise for THE CROWN’S GAME: “Gorgeous and richly imagined, The Crown’s Game is a dazzling exploration of the choices we make when faced with impossible situations and our darker selves. Readers will fall unabashedly in love with this novel.” — Sara Grochowski, Brilliant Books
Praise for THE CROWN’S GAME: “It was beautiful. It was terrible. I loved it.” — Hafsah Faizal, Icey Books
Praise for THE CROWN’S GAME: “The Night Circus meets Cinderella in an alternate Russia. This extraordinary world has everything from insanely creative acts of magic, political intrigue, hope against all odds, romance, and oh-such-high-stakes-non-stop action. It is hands-down honest-to-goodness brilliant. Bravo.” — Angela Mann, Keplers Books