BLOG TOUR: The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye | Review + Giveaway

Title: The Crown's Fate
Author: Evelyn Skye
Pages: 400 pages
Release Date: May 16th, 2017
Source: Arc from publisher
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
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.

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**WARNING: This review may contain spoilers for the first book in The Crown's Game series. Please read with caution** 

I was wondering how Evelyn Skye was going to make this second installment as epic as the first one. Although I didn't like this one as much as its predecessor, it sure did not disappoint.

Book two starts with where left off in book one- Nikolai is dead, Vika is crowned Imperial Enchanter of Russia and Pasha is reeling over the death of his brother and best friend. As a rare case, I didn't have to reread book one to immediately jump into the second installment when I received it. A part of that is due to just how memorable the first book was, with its lavish descriptions of magic and scrumptious foods and delicacies.

Not only does book two delved into more of the realm of dark magic, but it also takes on a really dark tone. Often times, while reading TCF, I thought it was an entirely different author writing. From the facial expressions of the characters to the new elements of magic that are introduced into this world, the second book is definitely a lot darker than the first. For me, I preferred this malevolent twist in the characters' voices and really enjoyed the author's ability to keep her readers surprised. What other surprises have you got up your sleeve, Ms. Skye?

As with the first book, incredible magic is displayed. Skye has a knack for describing enchantments and magic without seeming cheesy or unbelievable. All the magic is incredibly inventive and played with the forces of good and evil. Where in this book, (FINALLYYY) we get two opposing forces of good magic and bad magic. Dark magic is introduced and with it, a new antagonist. I really liked the route the author took with this story, considering she had to make up for that ending of book one (amirite?).

I am at a loss for words when it comes to Skye's world-building and imagery. Just like in book one, there are mouth-watering descriptions of traditional Russian treats and meals. It was all incredibly exhilarating to read (considering that I read the book at midnight, so my stomach was always very unhappy with me).

Evelyn Skye

Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on "So You Think You Can Dance," and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn't writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN'S GAME is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online at and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.

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  1. Darker tone and dark magic, you say. Now I am even more excited to read this book. I loved The Crown's Game and I can't wait for this book to come out next week. Great review!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

    1. Thank you so much b! I was definitely anxious to get into it because I loved the first book so much and didn't want to be let down. Thank goodness I was not!

  2. I personally wasn't the biggest fan of the first book just because it was super overhyped for me and I felt the world building and characters fell super flat for me but I have been hearing such positive things about the sequel so I MAAAAYYY give it a shot but I don't know yet.

    xx Anisha @ Sprinkled Pages

    1. I think what makes the second book really great is that we begin to have a villain in the story. It's a force that adds a lot of new depth to the characters and makes the plot all the more riveting. I do hope you give it a whirl!

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