The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Fate

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 em...

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ISBN:0062422618
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:415 pages

The Crown's Fate Reviews

  • Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
    Nov 10, 2015

    This book should come with a warning label that says:

    Because you won't be able to stop yourself from reading it all the way through. I have no regrets about staying up past 3AM just to finish it, and I'm so thrilled that my first book of 2017 was this one. It was truly everything I wanted it to be, and

    .

    Going into this book, I thought I was relatively prepared for what was to unfold. I was expecting beautiful dis

    This book should come with a warning label that says:

    Because you won't be able to stop yourself from reading it all the way through. I have no regrets about staying up past 3AM just to finish it, and I'm so thrilled that my first book of 2017 was this one. It was truly everything I wanted it to be, and

    .

    Going into this book, I thought I was relatively prepared for what was to unfold. I was expecting beautiful displays of magic, some angst, more romance, and tons of feels. BUT what I

    at all prepared for was all the action, as well as how utterly dark this book gets. To all of those people who said they wanted more action from

    , you get your wish in this sequel! Also, tears. You get lots of those too. Overall, just know that Evelyn has stepped up her game, so prepare to be wowed.

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Mar 30, 2017

    2.5 stars. Ehhhh this was severely underwhelming. I absolutely LOVED the first book's magic, setting, and characters. It was like a Russian retelling of The Night Circus that was trimmed down to a really focused, engaging plot.

    Most of that was absent from this book. I still enjoyed the Russian elements, but the story lost a lot of direction... and all of my interest.

    SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST BOOK START NOW.

    Nikolai manages to get out of the dream world by gleaning energy

    2.5 stars. Ehhhh this was severely underwhelming. I absolutely LOVED the first book's magic, setting, and characters. It was like a Russian retelling of The Night Circus that was trimmed down to a really focused, engaging plot.

    Most of that was absent from this book. I still enjoyed the Russian elements, but the story lost a lot of direction... and all of my interest.

    SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST BOOK START NOW.

    Nikolai manages to get out of the dream world by gleaning energy off of people and getting some dark energy from his creepy undead mother. So Nikolai the shadow now believes he deserves to be tsar since he's a year older than Pasha. He tells Pasha that he's going to kill him eventually and take the crown, but first he's going to make him suffer by turning the people against him. Nikolai's also all sorts of jealous that Vika seems to be with Pasha now.

    The love triangle kind of continues in the background, but the story meanders around without a very strong direction. Basically, Nikolai does bad things. Vika tries to stop him. He tries to get her to join him against Pasha, saying they could be "

    The people of St. Petersburg see Vika do some magic and start burning girls as witches out of fear. There are some super random things thrown in, like Baba Yaga's house stampeding through Siberia. The Bronze Horseman statue makes an appearance. The Decembrists factor into the end. I don't even care enough to explain the rest.

    The first book had a hopeful, almost whimsical feel to it, but this was pretty bleak. The book description sounds way more intense than the story ended up being. The last 1/3 had a more simplistic tone to it and the end was waaaaay too convenient. I think younger readers might still enjoy this book, but I just became increasingly irritated. Vika's character also got kind of annoying. Actually, I didn't particularly like or connect with anyone this time.

    I still love the first book, though, and totally recommend it!!! The main part of this book I liked was its connection with the first. And Russia. Russia is always fun.

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  • Laura
    Apr 28, 2016

    I mistakenly thought this book was a trilogy, so when I got to the ending and found out it was a duology...I'm left wondering why

    wasn't just a standalone? A lot of the magic and drama that made the book's predecessor so enjoyable was completely missing. And just when I thought the plot was going somewhere interesting with some gorgeous Russian folklore laced in, none of it went anywhere. That could've been used to make a really excellent third book or hell, it could've been us

    I mistakenly thought this book was a trilogy, so when I got to the ending and found out it was a duology...I'm left wondering why

    wasn't just a standalone? A lot of the magic and drama that made the book's predecessor so enjoyable was completely missing. And just when I thought the plot was going somewhere interesting with some gorgeous Russian folklore laced in, none of it went anywhere. That could've been used to make a really excellent third book or hell, it could've been used to make an epic ending in this book. That would make more sense.

    Reviewing sequels always gets tricky because you don't necessarily want to spoil the first book. And there are usually revelations and occurrences that lead to the sequel. So I'm going to withhold from the plot anymore than I already have. This is where that's actually easy because I didn't feel there was much of a plot. A good amount of the story felt like filler. There was a LOT of repetition. We are told the same things about the characters in several different ways..not exactly moving the plot along, but remaining in a stalemate. It all feels pretty boring as you wait for something to happen. Some of the perspectives felt unnecessary. They didn't add anything to the story.

    Overall, this was a pretty big disappointment. If you enjoyed

    , you'd be better off leaving the story there. This one just feels so unnecessary.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    Mar 24, 2017

    I am here to tell you

    and

    everything I was hoping for. <3 <3 Like can I flail enough??? Will I ever be able to flail enough??? Absolutely magical and dark and beautiful and imagination at 5000% perfection.

    If there are more books in Vika, Pasha, and Nikolai’s world I would be totally on board for that. I might even pass bribes of cake, let’s be real here. You know a book is e

    I am here to tell you

    and

    everything I was hoping for. <3 <3 Like can I flail enough??? Will I ever be able to flail enough??? Absolutely magical and dark and beautiful and imagination at 5000% perfection.

    If there are more books in Vika, Pasha, and Nikolai’s world I would be totally on board for that. I might even pass bribes of cake, let’s be real here. You know a book is excellent when the world so so captivates you with its breathtaking descriptions and complexities that you want INFINITELY MORE OF IT. And I love how it mixes historical-Russia with a dash of magic that just makes everything all the more special. Because every book should have magic in it. #fact

    One thing I particularly enjoyed about this sequel is

    Erm, yes, cue that moment where you think, “OKAY, CAIT YOU’RE A LITTLE SCARY.” And it’s true. I am. But honestly. I am here to be chilled a little! We have shadow realms and darker magic and DEATH, with the return of sinister powers and with Nikolai frolicking in the dark side. I love him 5000% more now.

    And you know how sequels sometimes fall into a bunch of awkward cliches? NOT SO HERE. It basically had THE LIST of things a sequel should be. Shh shhh, sit tight, let me give you a list.

    • Plenty of character development. Like they’re ALL reeling from the heart-wrenching finale of book one, and the effects are soooo palpable I JUST MIGHT HAVE AN EMOTION.

    • Deepens the magic system. We get to see MORE of what the magicians can do, and since they were pretty dang spectacular the first time round, this is THE BEST.

    • There is food. AKA Vika makes an edible Christmas tree and I think this is why I love her.

    • Higher stakes. Which means you’re going to experience pain.

    • Death. HAAAA HAHA MWHAHAH HA. I’LL SAY NO MORE.

    • Girl power. Like SERIOUS girl power. Vika is #Fabulousness personified, and Yuliana (Pasha’s sister) just slays with her ability to run a kingdom because Pasha is adorable and I love him but he’s also as useful as a grape.

    • Better than the first! And I loved the first a lot, so this is saying something. All the AND ADORATION.

    Look, I’m not try to tell you how to live your life, but if your epic fantasy doesn’t have gobs and gobs of delicious foodie descriptions, WHAT IS IT DOING. The Crown’s Fate RULES for the foodie levels.

    Which is my favourite thing in books. I can’t be more happy with how it all worked out and like AGH MY POOR BROKEN CHILDREN. <3 I loved getting to see Pasha and Nikolai interact as brothers now. Although, let’s be real: they took sibling rivalry to the next level. AH HOW I LOVE THEM.

    I THINK NOT. It perfectly balanced gorgeous writing, a rich and imaginative Russia, with characters I care SO SO much about!! The plot was fast-paced and rich with intrigue and twists. It’s definitely a highlight of my year so far (and this is coming from someone who’s read 100 books so far!) and basically Evelyn Skye is an auto-buy author for me now.

  • Brittney ~ Her Bookish Things
    Oct 14, 2016

    OH MY WORD THERE IS A BLURB OWIJFL:SKDFJ:LSDKFJSDLKFJ

    But DO NOT read it if you haven't read the first because there is a MAJOR spoiler...

  • Caitlin
    Dec 28, 2016

    This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 and I could not contain my excitement when I got to read this book early. Overall, I'm fairly satisfied with how this duology ended. Sure, I wanted more but I'm still pretty content with how it went. I was fairly set on how I wanted this book to play out and I was a little disappointed that what I had predicted didn't happen.

    I was actually worried that I wasn't

    This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 and I could not contain my excitement when I got to read this book early. Overall, I'm fairly satisfied with how this duology ended. Sure, I wanted more but I'm still pretty content with how it went. I was fairly set on how I wanted this book to play out and I was a little disappointed that what I had predicted didn't happen.

    I was actually worried that I wasn't going to like this book because I found around 30% of this book ridiculously boring. It felt like our 3 main characters lost a bit of their personalities in the middle of this book and the same repetitive issues were happening over and over again.

    What was missing from this book? Well obviously the characters were a bit lacking, But mainly, it wasn't anywhere near as magical as

    was. The spark that made book 1 so amazing was really missing for a large portion of this book. Nikolai is my favourite character in this series and even he was missing his spark right up until the end. I wanted more from this second book.

    I don't know how to talk about this book. I don't want to spoil book 1 or book 2 and I just can't tell you ANYTHING without it being spoilers. I'm not even sure how I feel about this book. I'll come back and fix this review eventually and maybe after the release date I'll add some spoilers, but for now I just don't know how to feel?

  • Ben Alderson
    Jan 17, 2017

    OMG WOW!

    I literally could not want a better ending, plot EVERYTHING!

    This world has grown amazingly!

  • Joshua Gabriel (Forever Bookish Josh)
    Apr 19, 2017

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    . —Barney

    What the heck did I just read? That ending ruined any positive feelings I had for this book. If you loved

    , you would be better off not reading this "sequel." It's literally fan fiction for children. Everything about it seems strange, convenient, and contri

    .

    . —Barney

    What the heck did I just read? That ending ruined any positive feelings I had for this book. If you loved

    , you would be better off not reading this "sequel." It's literally fan fiction for children. Everything about it seems strange, convenient, and contrived. I'm so pissed right now. I haven't given a book 1 star in so long. Looking at the "bright" side, at least this book was fast paced. Other than that....UGGGH. God help me.

    Full review/rant to come. Maybe.


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