Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye (The Crown's Game book 2)

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t read the first book in the series, The Crown’s Game, Stop! I don’t want to ruin the story for you.

Check out Book Series Recaps for refresher on the first book.

“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.” - taken from Goodreads.com

Approximately two weeks have passed since Pasha forced the end of the Game between Vika and Nikolai. The stakes are high with Vika now the Imperial Enchanter and Pasha awaiting his coronation. With the real threat of revolution and a claim for the throne, Vika, Pasha, and Nicolai are once again pitted against one another in the fight to rule Russia. The author notes at the end that the story is loosely based on the aftermath of Tsar Alexander ‘s death and the Decembrist revolution. I wasn’t expecting the ending but it did tie up this duology nicely.

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