I’m so excited to be part of The Crown’s Fate blog tour today!
In case you have been reading my blog with only half an eyeball, hi, let me introduce myself: I LOVE RUSSIAN FANTASY. So I was ecstatically in love with The Crown’s Game last year, and I’m so so excited to be on the tour for the sequel too. Usually I’m a bit terrified of sequels, but this one did not disappoint and absolutely ALL THE STARS for this darkly magical Russian fantasy masterpiece.
There’s also an INT giveaway at the end of this post! Which is enormously exciting.
And NOTE: there may be mild spoilers for the first book…but NO spoilers for this book. So if you haven’t read this one yet, you’re safe!!
The gorgeous and darkly compelling sequel to The Crown’s Game—perfect for fans of Red Queen and Shadow and Bone.
Magic is growing, shadows are rising, and the throne is at stake…
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.
Although I lowkey admit I didn’t want it to be the finale! If there are more books in Vika, Pasha, and Nikolai’s world I would be totally on board for that.
I might even pass bribes of cake, let’s be real here. You know a book is excellent when the world so so captivates you with its breathtaking descriptions and complexities that you want INFINITELY MORE OF IT. And I love how it mixes historical-Russia with a dash of magic that just makes everything all the more special. Because every book should have magic in it. #fact
One thing I particularly enjoyed about this sequel is that it’s a lot darker than the first book. Erm, yes, cue that moment where you think, “OKAY, CAIT YOU’RE A LITTLE SCARY.” And it’s true. I am. But honestly. I am here to be chilled a little! We have shadow realms and darker magic and DEATH, with the return of sinister powers and with Nikolai frolicking in the dark side. I love him 5000% more now.
And you know how sequels sometimes fall into a bunch of awkward cliches? NOT SO HERE. It basically had THE LIST of things a sequel should be. Shh shhh, sit tight, let me give you a list.
- Plenty of character development. Like they’re ALL reeling from the heart-wrenching finale of book one, and the effects are soooo palpable I JUST MIGHT HAVE AN EMOTION.
- Deepens the magic system. We get to see MORE of what the magicians can do, and since they were pretty dang spectacular the first time round, this is THE BEST.
- There is food. AKA Vika makes an edible Christmas tree and I think this is why I love her.
- Higher stakes. Which means you’re going to experience pain.
- Death. HAAAA HAHA MWHAHAH HA. I’LL SAY NO MORE.
- Girl power. Like SERIOUS girl power. Vika is #Fabulousness personified, and Yuliana (Pasha’s sister) just slays with her ability to run a kingdom because Pasha is adorable and I love him but he’s also as useful as a grape.
- Better than the first! And I loved the first a lot, so this is saying something. All the AND ADORATION.
And excuse me while I take another moment for foodie appreciation.
Look, I’m not try to tell you how to live your life, but if your epic fantasy doesn’t have gobs and gobs of delicious foodie descriptions, WHAT IS IT DOING. The Crown’s Fate RULES for the foodie levels.
Plus it offers quality life advice like so:
GOD BLESS AND AMEN.
And while it is about love, it’s also about friendship and family.
Which is my favourite thing in books. I can’t be more happy with how it all worked out and like AGH MY POOR BROKEN CHILDREN. <3 I loved getting to see Pasha and Nikolai interact as brothers now. Although, let’s be real: they took sibling rivalry to the next level. AH HOW I LOVE THEM.
Is it possible to flail enough over this book?!?
I THINK NOT. It perfectly balanced gorgeous writing, a rich and imaginative Russia, with characters I care SO SO much about!! The plot was fast-paced and rich with intrigue and twists. It’s definitely a highlight of my year so far (and this is coming from someone who’s read 100 books so far!) and basically Evelyn Skye is an auto-buy author for me now. The Crown’s Fate is absolutely darkly magical, beautiful, and total perfection.