Title: The Crown’s Fate
Author: Evelyn Skye
Sequel to: The Crown’s Game
Date Started: June 23
Date Finished: June 30
Format: ebook from the digital library
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.
Strangely enough, The Crown’s Fate was another book that was on my most anticipated books this year. I really loved the predecessor The Crown’s Game and could not wait to see where Vika and Nikolai’s story went next. And while in some respects I did like Fate, this book was a little bit too lengthy and dragged which sometimes took away from the overall story. Vika has changed since the end of Game and for good reason. She won the game because of a nasty trick by Nikolai’s mother, and Nikolai sacrificed himself to save her and make sure she won. She has not forgiven Pasha for speeding up the end of the game, which makes it really difficult when she has sworn herself and her powers to his service for the rest of her life. Then there’s Nikolai who I didn’t really recognize at first.
Apparently, he didn’t die at the end of the last book. Because of his enchanter gifts he was just transferred to his Dream Benches that he created and is going through an ante-death. Which is confusing and hard to understand. All you need to know is that Nikolai is now like the Doom Tree from the second arc of the Sailor Moon anime series from the 90s. To get out of the Dream Benches he needs energy and apparently ‘good’ energy isn’t enough to make him whole again. But neither, apparently, is the energy his mother gives him (full of darkness) even though it is enough to make him leave his dream world. But there is a catch. It twists him so much that he now desires one thing. Revenge on Pasha and the throne.
The stuff in between Nikolai’s attempts on Pasha’s life and the final battle, could sometimes drag. I kind of appreciated that Skye did throw in Vika’s fight with her new ‘cuff’ that links her to the royal family and their wishes. But sometimes I found myself slowly chugging along. The Crown’s Fate sort of lost some of it’s magic from The Crown’s Game.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Even though it did drag a bit, I still like how everything was tied up. And I also liked that it wasn’t a complete ‘happily ever after.’ It was nice to see the heroine ‘lose.’
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