Thursday, February 16, 2017

What We're Reading: The Crown's Fate (Erin)

After featuring this book on our Top Covers of 2016 post and reading Laura's review of it, I finally had a chance to read it. Laura's review has all the detail you need, but I will say, for me, this magical, amazing book definitely lives up to its cover. I may be biased since I love all things Russian, but Evelyn Skye does a fantastic job capturing Imperial Russia, and cloaking it in magic and mystery. Having actually been to St. Petersburg, the Winter Palace and the Summer Palace, I enjoyed Skye's descriptions and the way the magic in the books was a clear extension of these beautiful settings.

I also enjoyed Skye's characters. They were sympathetic, easy to relate to, and I was cheering for happy endings for all of them. Vika, the trusting, kindhearted sorceress who has grown up in the love of her father, and Nikolai, a talented orphan who has never known love, are inextricably drawn together, but fate has pitted them against each other. Pasha, Nikolai's best friend, is a good-natured, golden boy who means well, but complicates everything.

I have to confess, the last twenty pages filled me with dread and I read faster and faster, hoping the happy endings I wished for would come true. Laura's "Oh no" sentiment kept echoing in my mind as I read. However, I am happy to report, on May 16th, a sequel, called The Crown's Fate releases! Reading the description gives me hope. Perhaps the dire turn events at the end of The Crown's Game can be reversed, or the situation can be redeemed in some way.  The Crown's Fate is available for pre-order at Amazon and is already scheduled to be delivered to my house! 

What are your favorite types of book endings?
Have you read The Crown's Game or any of the other 2016 Top Book Cover books
Do you ever pre-order books?
Leave a comment and let us know! 



  1. Hmmm, I like endings where the protagonists achieve their goal- but at a cost, rather than everything being tied up with a bow. Lord of the Rings and The Hunger Games are both good examples of this. Honestly, though, I really enjoy tragic endings, too. Some of my favorite classic books, such as A Tale of Two Cities and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, have terribly sad endings, but I love them anyway.


  2. Very nice description, Erin. I'm glad to know there is a sequel coming!

  3. These books do have very cool covers! And now that you and Laura have both recommended them, I guess I'd better check them out :)


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