Wednesday, July 24, 2019

My Thoughts: The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye
The Crown's Fate
(The Crown's Game #2)
by Evelyn Skye
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Publication Date: May 16th 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 417
ISBN: 9780062422613
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Edelweiss Review Copy \ Own

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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. (Goodreads)

The Crown’s Fate is the second and final book in the The Crown’s Game duology by Evelyn Skye, and after having read the first book, The Crown’s Game, twice, I couldn’t wait to see what happened next and how this series was going to end. It was such a great read!

The Crown’s Fate picks up right after The Crown’s Game leaves off. After that pretty massive cliffhanger in the first book, I had no idea what to expect from this sequel. But what an interesting sequel it was!

One of the things I liked the most from this series was how magical the story was, and how lyrical the writing was. As I mentioned in my review for The Crown’s Game, this series very much reminds me of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which is one of my most favorite magical reads. This story has a similar feel, so if you like that book, you should definitely check out this series. I also found the Russian history and setting for the book as well. The setting was SO well described over the course of both books, and I could picture it perfectly in my mind.

Another thing that I really loved about this series were the characters. Vika was definitely my favorite, and I enjoyed watching her character grow over the course of the book. She’s such a great magician! I also love Pasha and Nikolai as well, though it seemed like the two switched places sometime between the first book and the second. I didn’t care for the evil versions of these characters at all, but I loved it when they were, you know, normal. :)

Overall; The Crown’s Fate was a really nice follow-up to The Crown’s Game, and I think it really wrapped up this duology quite nicely. I’m sad that the series had to come to an end, but I’m thrilled that I can read the books again, and I’m definitely going to try to do that soon. I will also definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by Evelyn in the future!

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