Book review: The Crown’s Fate

This is the sequel to The Crown’s Game, and going in blind, I had some misgivings.

But author Evelyn Skye’s enchanting tale of fantasy, magic and romance set in Russia is captivating, and piecing together things that happened in the first book as I went along served just as well.

From what I gleaned, at the end of The Crown’s Game, Russia is on the brink of change. Pasha is about to become the new tsar, and he’s unsure of himself. Vika, the girl he loves, loathes him, and his best friend, Nikolai, is dead – all his fault.

Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter and is bound to serve the tsar, but she is angry because Pasha had forced the end of the Game which had destroyed Nikolai.

Once, the three were best of friends, with Nikolai being the Imperial Enchanter but he died saving Vika. Or so they thought.

Nikolai, however, is neither alive nor dead. He is caught in a world of his own creation as a shadow.

As the unknowning recipient of his mother’s dark energy, Nikolai is able to return to the world, but the dark energy inside him changes him.

As the illegitimate son of the late tsar, Nikolai now challenges Pasha for the crown – and the love of his life.

With a revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Pasha and Nikolai must now battle it out for control, and Vika is caught in the middle.

A riveting read for the young and old alike.