Release date: May 16th 2017
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.
The Crown’s Game was one of my favourite reads last year and its sequel easily made my most anticipated of this year list. The Crown’s Fate picked up soon where The Crown’s Game left off and threw me right back into the world I’d fallen in love with. This book took all the elements I loved about the first book and added to them. It started off darker than the first and got darker as it went along. The character relationships got more complicated, the battle for the throne felt like it could turn deadly at any moment, and it completely sucked me in.
Vika may have won the game and become the Imperial Enchanter but it was nothing like she expected. Pasha was struggling under the pressure of suddenly becoming tsar and how to protect his kingdom. Nikolai was trying to find his way back to the real world from the shadow world and ended up with a darkness inside him. The new circumstances in each of their lives meant the dynamics between them all had changed and it was really interesting to see how it all played out. The dynamics between these three characters was a huge favourite aspect of the first book so I loved seeing it still so present in the sequel.
As mentioned, this book got a lot darker than the first. There were even more displays of magic, plenty of times I worried about my favourite characters being in danger, a lot more political talk and moves, and plot twists. The pacing was really good, not too fast and revealing new information or twists without getting overwhelming. Between the “needing to know” feeling each chapter gave me and loving the characters so much, I couldn’t put this book down. I wasn’t sure if Evelyn Skye would be able to make me love the sequel more than I did The Crown’s Game, but she did, and I did.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.