- Reading level: 3 - 5 years
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Balzer/Bray; International ed. edition (30 May 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062666959
- ISBN-13: 978-0062666956
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,15,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Crown's Fate (Crown's Game) Paperback – 30 May 2017
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“A memorable alternate history and a page-turner full of surprises.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“Fans of The Crown’s Game will be delighted” (Booklist)
Praise for THE CROWN’S GAME: “Readers will eagerly await the next installment.” (School Library Journal)
Praise for THE CROWN’S GAME: “The Crown’s Game is a captivating tale that deftly transports readers to a mysterious and fascinating fantasy world, one teeming with hidden magic and fiery romance.” (Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes)
Praise for THE CROWN’S GAME: “Utterly enchanting. The true wizardry is in the atmosphere-Skye crafts a Russia of magic and elegance, depicting St. Petersburg in such a breath-taking way that you’ll swear you’re standing on the banks of the Neva and dancing through the halls of the Winter Palace.” (Sara Raasch, author of the Snow Like Ashes trilogy)
Praise for THE CROWN’S GAME: “Gorgeous and richly imagined, The Crown’s Game is a dazzling exploration of the choices we make when faced with impossible situations and our darker selves. Readers will fall unabashedly in love with this novel.” (Sara Grochowski, Brilliant Books)
Praise for THE CROWN’S GAME: “It was beautiful. It was terrible. I loved it.” (Hafsah Faizal, Icey Books)
Praise for THE CROWN’S GAME: “The Night Circus meets Cinderella in an alternate Russia. This extraordinary world has everything from insanely creative acts of magic, political intrigue, hope against all odds, romance, and oh-such-high-stakes-non-stop action. It is hands-down honest-to-goodness brilliant. Bravo.” (Angela Mann, Keplers Books)
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product description
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While I loved being immersed in Russia and I loved the magic that surrounded the book even more, I found The Crown’s Game to be slightly predictable and with an Insta-Love Love Triangle. It was a good book, but not a great one.
Which brings me to:
The total change of world and predictability in The Crown’s Fate from book one was the first thing that struck me – I could TELL how much Evelyn Skye’s writing style had matured as she wrote about the darkness that overtook a certain loving character, how she wrote about a playful boy becoming the Tsar of a great country and an enchanter figuring out what it means to be a girl with both power and responsibility.
The very change in the writing and the development of the characters really took this book to a whole new level.
PLOT AND IDEA:
I’m going to do these two together. I’ve always loved the idea behind the series and I also ADORED the magic in book one. The plot for book two, like the writing, went so much deeper. The magic broke the impossible barriers it had already set in book one, there was more intrigue in the air as all our favourite characters figured out who they were supposed to be in the aftermath of a brutal game.
Everything about this book was great until I reached the ending, which was so melodramatic and totally re-highlighted the unnecessary love triangle SO MUCH it made me cringe. I actually closed the book whispered, “No, ANYTHING but that,” and continues reading because in a book that managed to break all clichés, it ENDED IN SUCH AN AWKWARD ONE.
Like I said in The Writing, I THOUGHT THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN The Crown’s Fate WAS GENIUS! The book rotated between the points of view of the three main characters, a little bit of Nikolai’s mother, a guard and other secondary characters.
It was just the right amount of characters telling the story that they got it right, especially because almost all of them had their own internal turmoil going on and it made me feel like I knew these characters more.
A richly created Russian Fantasy with barrier breaking magic. I can only wish that the ending was better and this book would’ve gotten a solid five stars from me!
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I was, however, once again very enchanted by the setting. It's obvious that Skye has a true love for Russian history and the addition of traditional Russian folktales was such a nice touch.
That said, I think The Crown's Game is the stronger book in this duology and perhaps should have been a standalone.
I devoured it.
I've been waiting for this since I finished the first book in August, and I couldn't put it down.
This book was well paced, tightly written. The exposition was just enough to not be too much.
There's romance, drama, and political intrigue (everything I love in a novel).
AND IT'S SET IN VICTORIAN RUSSIA WITH MAGIC. GUYS THIS IS LITERALLY EVERYTHING I'VE EVER WANTED.
What I especially liked about this book was that the magic and enchanting get darker than in the Crown's Game. In the Crown's Game, the world building shows magic as a beautiful force, where here it shows it's power as a force to be reckoned with and respected.
The characters were everything I remembered them being.
They were everything I fell in love with all over again, even though I will always and forever be #TeamPasha, no matter how many stupid decisions he makes. He's a boy thrown into a position of power after losing both of his parents and seemingly losing his best friend. He's in love with a girl who doesn't love him back and is bound to his servitude. His sister is power thirsty and manipulative and it influences his decisions until the bitter end when his character arc is finally satisfied.
The poor boy just needs a blanket and some warm cocoa by the fire while receiving lots and lots of cuddles.
Especially after all that he goes through in THIS instalment.
The plot was well executed, especially Nikolai's. It made me hate dramatic irony a lot more than I already do, though. I honestly think that he had the best character arc throughout the two books, and I think that his plot was the most well-thought out. I really enjoyed it, even though there were points where I just wanted to scream at how stupid he was being, then I remembered that his stupidity wasn't his fault.
All of the characters had a lot to come to grips with and figure out how to balance, and I think Evelyn Skye did a really great job weaving it through the novel. I think I would have liked a little bit more on Yuliana helping Pasha prove his legitimacy, but all in all that was just a side note anyway.
The only reason I'm giving it a 4/5 is because there was a couple of little things that didn't seem like they would quite fit with the characters. As a sequel, it really holds up to it's predecessor and that always makes me super happy.
GUYS I JUST REALLY LOVE THESE BOOKS AND YOU SHOULD READ THEM RIGHT NOW.
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