Book Review: The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye
Published May 2017 by Balzer + Bray|415 pages
Where I Got It: I borrowed the hardcover from the library
Series: The Crown’s Game #2
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/YA Alternate History/YA Historical Fantasy
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.
I didn’t like The Crown’s Fate as much as I thought I would. I wanted to like it more, but I just wasn’t as interested in this story as I was with The Crown’s Game. I did end up skimming a good portion of it, but at the same time, I was really curious to see how things ended.
I had a harder time getting into this book than I did with The Crown’s Game. Now that we have an imperial enchanter, I just wasn’t interested in what came after the events of the game. It has some consequences, and while I did like seeing how Nikolai tried to return to the real world, but I also liked him less in this book. He wasn’t the Nikolai we knew from the previous book, though I understand why he was much different in this one.
I didn’t really care about Vika or Pasha in this one, and it was a struggle to get through it. Oddly enough, I initially tried the audio book but switched to print because I couldn’t stand the narration. So that was out, but I was so determined to see this through, even though it didn’t have the same pull that The Crown’s Game did.
I think I would have been fine not reading it. I mean, we do see the Imperial Enchanter in action, and it’s this alternate Russia where magic exists, and it’s a cool concept. But The Crown’s Game worked pretty well as a stand-alone, and while we see more of that world, I don’t know that this book really added anything to it.
It didn’t really have the same direction the first book did, and a lot of the things I loved about the first book were gone in this one. I just didn’t care about what happened to Russia or the fact that the crown is at stake. I was just…bored. While I was initially excited to see how things turned out, by the end, that excitement was long gone.
2 stars. It was okay, and I think I would have been fine not reading this one. Everything I liked about the first book wasn’t there, and I just didn’t care about the story as much.