The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #2) by Evelyn Skye
Published May 16th 2017 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone and Red Queen, The Crown’s Fate is the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Crown’s Game, an atmospheric historical fantasy set in Imperial Russia.
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.
My Rating: (Actual rating: 2.5 stars)
Thank you, HarperCollins and Edelweiss, for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for The Crown’s Game
Vika is now the imperial enchanter, Nikolai is living in a bench dream as a shadow of his former self, and Pasha is struggling to cope with the results of his decisions leaving Yuliana to hold down the fort. While all of this is going on, people in Russia are pushing for a new form of government, and are threatening to cause an uprising just for them to get their way. As people start to believe in magic even more, Vika gets stronger, yet there are also other consequences. Mysterious things are happening in other parts of Russia.
The characters seem to be a bit more different than in the first book, and I’m not saying that it’s because of character development. Vika was clearly in a dilemma over which one to help, and which side to choose. While understandable, I just thought that there was too much dialogue of inner struggles going on, and less action. Pasha was just very passive about things, and Nikolai was just so out of character. I mean, something happened to him, sure, he was infused with dark magic, but I wish we were showed a more gradual transformation.
The plot has its ups and downs. It was engaging and exciting at some points but when the lull comes, tit really dies down. I also thought that the ending for this was a little too convenient? Like it ended that way for the sake of tying things up. I just wasn’t convinced enough about Nikolai’s sudden change of heart in the end. There were also some plot holes that should have been addressed? I think this ending could work if it was targeted for younger audiences.
Overall it was still entertaining to read even if I wasn’t a huge fan of it.