Hi everyone! Welcome to my tour stop for The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye! I have the pleasure to start this second week with two very special things for you, a book trailer I made for The Crown’s Fate and an interview with Evelyn about the series. Check it out!
Interview with Evelyn Skye
1. How does it feel to have completed this duology of The Crown’s Game and The Crown’s Fate?
Really incredible. I’m thrilled to be able to wrap up the characters’ stories in a way that I felt completed their emotional journeys but still left plenty for readers to think about. I like to think that after the last page is turned, the characters continue to live on. It may not be in the words I write, but readers’ imaginations can take them on more adventures and create more magic. If that’s the result, then I’m very, very happy.
2. Who is your favorite character in The Crown’s Fate and why?
Ack! This is like asking a mother to choose her favorite child! (In real life, that’s easy for me, because I only have one child.)
I’ve been asked this question a lot about The Crown’s Game, and it’s interesting to have it posed to me for the sequel, because the characters do reveal more depth and dimension in book 2. So they are different from who they were in the first book. Readers have come to me with really strong feelings about Nikolai and Pasha in the first book, and I’m curious whether their opinions will change after reading The Crown’s Fate.
As for which is my favorite, I really can’t choose! I love all of them for different reasons. I will say this, though–there’s a new character, Ilya, whom I had originally planned to have more page time, but it didn’t end up working that way. I still think about him sometimes. I was fond of him, and I’m curious what could have been…
3. Russia has been an amazing backdrop for these books. What Russian influences (cities, food, iconic cultural items, etc) did you know you had to include in this series and are there others you weren’t able to?
Food, for sure! I am obsessed with food–sweets, especially. In college, I actually wrote a paper about the food in Anna Karenina; my paper ended up being nominated for a writing award. So when I was writing The Crown’s Game and The Crown’s Fate, there was no doubt I would fill the pages with all the things I wanted to eat, both real and imagined.
I also knew that it all had to be set in Saint Petersburg. I am in love with that city, and I wanted to be able to share that with readers who have never known anything of Russia other than pictures of the Kremlin and St. Basil’s onion domes.
There were other parts of Russian culture that I wanted to include more of, but they didn’t end up working for the story. One that comes to mind is fairy tales and fables. In an earlier draft of The Crown’s Fate, a mythological Russian monster played a large role in the plot, but that part of the story ended up on the cutting room floor. Oh, well! 🙂
4. What message(s) do you hope readers will take away from this duology?
I want readers to believe that anything is possible. That they should hold true to themselves. And that they should believe in kindness and love, which can triumph through the dark.
5. Any hints on your next project? Will you continue to write in the Russian world?
Ooh, I am working on a book that would be the start of a new, unrelated series, but it’s still in it’s baby stages right now, so I’m keeping it hush-hush while I let the baby grow and find its way. It’s also a YA fantasy, but totally different from The Crown’s Game series–different world, different magic, different everything.
As for whether I will continue to write in Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha’s Russian world, I don’t currently have plans for more books in the series, but never say never… 🙂
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.