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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Evelyn Skye's The Crown's Fate is the sequel to The Crown's Game and picks up right after the events in the first book. Characters and events stand alone well enough in the second book, but reading the first one would add a lot of dimension, especially to the characters. A fair amount of fantasy violence is scary and mentions blood and injuries but isn't gory. One character is a creepy zombie whose gross appearance is briefly described. Sexy stuff is rare but includes a few kisses with tongue and some descriptions of noticing physical attraction. The strongest language is rare use of "damn." Mostly minor and background characters frequently drink; their behavior is shown, but consequences aren't.
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What's the story?
THE CROWN'S FATE now lies in Vika's hands. As the winner of the deadly Crown's Game, she is Imperial Enchantress to Pasha, whose coronation as Tsar of All the Russias is to take place in a month's time. But Vika achieved her dream at the heaviest cost: Nikolai, the other half of her soul, is lost in shadow. There's another heavy price to pay as Imperial Enchantress, too. Vika is magically bound to follow the tsar's orders no matter what her own conscience dictates; if she doesn't, a magic golden bracelet causes searing burns on her arm. Can Vika do what she must and save Nikolai and the Russian empire?
Is it any good?
This exciting sequel keeps the charm and intrigue of 1820s tsarist Russia while stepping up the thrills and action as two great enchanters seem destined to fight one another forever. In The Crown's Fate, author Evelyn Skye uses her descriptive powers to keep the action and plot advancing. But she doesn't leave characters behind. Vika, Pasha, Nikolai, and Yuliana are fully developed and intriguing in their own ways, adding dimension to what readers of the first book already know.
Tweens and teens who like sorcery, intrigue, battles, giant statues coming to life, and more than one character coming back from the dead will be swept up in this magical, epic story.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the violence in The Crown's Fate. Is it more or less scary if it's done by magic or fantasy? Why?
Did you read the first book, The Crown's Game? Which of the two books do you like better, or do you like them equally? If you didn't read the first one, how does this one compare to other fantasies you've read?
If you read the first book, did this one turn out like you thought it would? Would you like to see another in the series? What kind of future do you imagine for Pasha, Vika, and Nikolai?
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