The Crown’s Fate. Evelyn Skye. Fantasy/Young adult. 2017. 400 pages. 3.5 stars.
“It was too bad he didn’t love [her].
But he couldn’t. For there was only one who could unravel him, and she wasn’t here.”
Warning: minor spoilers
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 had high expectations for this book given that I absolutely loved The Crown’s Game (read review here) and the way it ended with a lot of potential. However, I’m struggling to place my feelings for this book because while a lot of things happened, a lot of things also didn’t. The first half of the book was a constant struggle of choosing sides and even though Pasha, Nikolai, Vika, and Yuliana made many plans, barely any of them were executed.
This book was as dragging as The Crown’s Game wasn’t, and I hate to admit it. I was also irked with Renata’s role in this book. The whole reading of tea leaves seemed to have no purpose. A lot of loose ends weren’t tied up in the end. When the romance was finally resolved, everything else was forgotten. No, that’s not how this works.
What happened to the other mythical creatures awakened by the people’s belief in magic again? What about Russia’s people who were so afraid of Vika at first? What of the crimes that Nikolai committed that warranted death or at least a long prison sentence? Does Russia now have two Imperial Enchanters instead of one? So many questions were not answered all because the conflict of love triangle/square was resolved.
I wanted to love this book, I really did. And I’m so sad at the fact that I didn’t.