by Evelyn Skye
Series: , #2
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
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Perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone and Red Queen, The Crown’s Fate is the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Crown’s Game, an atmospheric historical fantasy set in Imperial Russia.
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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*This review does not contain spoilers for The Crown’s Fate, but will contain spoilers for the first book in this series The Crown’s Game*
“Vika stared at the door after them, sinking deeper into her chair. For the weight of life and death and an empire was no small thing to bear.”
I read The Crown’s Game last year and I absolutely adored it! It was so full of magic and Historical Russian Fiction and I devoured it! I have been eagerly anticipating the sequel ever since! When I was contacted to participate in the blog tour I immediately said YES! The Crown’s Game is a duology and The Crown’s Fate is the sequel and end to the series. I can honestly say that this sequel is everything that I hoped it would be! All of the magic and world building was there once again with a little added darkness this time around which I really enjoyed!
The Crown’s Fate picks up shortly after the ending of The Crows Game. Nikolai is perceived as dead, but the glimpse we see of him in the epilogue has readers hoping he is not truly dead. Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter to Pasha, who will soon be crowned Tsar of Russia after the Death of his Father. But with the country in revolt and the relationship between Pasha and Vika strained, so much has changed. When Nikolai is given a dark bargain to retrieve his life the three friends will never be the same.
I loved the war and turmoil that went on in this book! Magic was a huge element but this inner conflict between the 3 main characters really drove the story and it was a pretty awesome journey! At first I was very unhappy with the changes made to Nikolai, he was so warm and caring before and in this book his dark side prevails and it was difficult to experience at times. But at the same time, it was so different and cool! Vika was much the same, except for the pull she felt between Pasha and Nikolai, but her elemental magic was so pure and beautiful! Before you ask, this could be considered a love triangle… but honestly romance is such a small part of this book that I would not let that deter you from reading this series!
I highly recommend this series, especially if you love all things Fantasy and magical with a little paranormal thrown in there as well! Not to mention the Historical Russian aspect is freaking awesome as well! With just this series I have become a true fan of Evelyn Skye and I hope that I can encourage more readers to read this series! We could all use a little magic in our lives 😉
I have included some of my favorite quotes below that will give you a real sense of the beauty of Evelyn’s writing and the magic that is The Crown’s Fate!
“Sometimes destiny pulls so taut, one follows no matter what the consequences might be. Besides, caution was not part of Vika’s vocabulary.”
“The lava glowed brighter, and everywhere there was black silk and orange flame, and Vika was a wild girl with fiery hair, dancing with the Prince of Darkness and not caring that they spun together through this imagined hell.”
“I love you Vika,” he said softly. “Nothing about that has changed.”
“But everything else has.”
“The past would always be a part of them, it was, in truth, the past. What had to look forward to was the future, where anything was possible. Anything. And there was no greater magic that that.”
“At Vika’s command, the clouds burst open. Yellow petals tumbled out, swirling around one another in the wind and coming together in a flurry of flowers, each as unique as the snowflakes they had replaced. There wre dahlias that looked spun of honey, and roses with daisy centers, and marigolds on twin stems like yellow cherries. The sky over Saint Petersburg was an endless cascade of floating flowers, a memorial to all of those who had been lost but not forgotten.”