TITLE: The Crowns Fate
AUTHOR: Evelyn Skye
TRIGGER WARNING: battle scene near the end, some death, loss of limb and replacement.
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HarperCollins NZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!
FAVORITE QUOTE: “I am who I make myself to be”
*DON’T READ THE SYNOPSIS OR REVIEW IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE CROWNS GAME*
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.
Wow wow wow, I just put down this book and had to instantly write my review because this was SO much better than I could’ve expected. Originally, at the end of the crowns game I was upset with what happened, I literally cried but I can say that this book COMPLETELY fixed that ending and I am leaving this duology with such a light and happy heart for the characters. If you’re like me, and you hate getting into a series to then find out it has a sad ending, don’t worry, this ending was sweet and perfect.
The crowns fate follows the aftermath of the crowns game, with Pasha trying to learn how to become the Tsar that Russia needed, his sister ruling for him, Vika forced into allegiance and Nikolai a mere shadow with an even darker heart, it’s obvious the story starts at a messy point but it’s amazing to say that by the end, all the lose ends are tied up and our four main characters are given a happy ending!
When reading the crowns game, my favourite part was the world building, the way the magic system was weaved into imperial Russia was just magnificent and that’s still an amazing point in this sequel! but, the character development is phenomenal, Vika learns to stand up for herself, to be whom shes always meant to be. Yulianna learns that her way is not always right. Pasha learns that he can be a good tsar if he follows his heart and mind, and Nikolai learns what is right and wrong and it was genuinely the best character development I had ever seen.
This story was rather fast paced, it was like a game of hide and seek between the two enchanters trying to avoid and then find each other, and war brimming underneath Pashas nose there was never a dull moment in this book and there was always a reason to keep turning the page!
I will admit that I read the whole book in about three days, and then stopped 50 pages before the end because I didn’t want another Crowns Game ending, and I’m so glad i forced myself to finish it because of that beautiful ending.
Overall I think if you’ve read the crowns game, this sequel will not disappoint you and the ending is satisfying in a way which you dont always see in some series. If you HAVEN’T read crowns game or crowns fate, I’m not sure why you’re reading this far as this review is semi spoilery, but I think anyone and everyone should give this duology a go, if you were just eh about the crowns game, trust me, the crowns fate is PHENOMENAL. I can’t wait to see what else Evelyn Skye creates.
Until next time,