on March 29, 2016
Series: The Winner's Trilogy
Also in this series: The Winner's Curse, The Winner's Crime
Also by this author: The Winner's Curse, The Winner's Crime
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Some kisses come at a price.
War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
At least, that’s what he thinks.
In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.
But no one gets what they want just by wishing.
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?
Three years ago I fell head over heels in love with The Winner’s Curse. It was such an exquisite start to a trilogy. The follow-up, The Winner’s Crime was just as impressive. We were left with such a huge cliffhanger. I racked my brain trying to figure out how this story could possibly end. I’m disappointed by last books in a series so often. That was not the case at all with The Winner’s Kiss.
This much anticipated third installment picks up right where book 2 left off. The same alternating perspectives give us a view into both Kestrel’s and Arin’s situations. I loved both of them in the past books and nothing has changed. They are still just as stubborn and sometimes foolish as they were before. I don’t want to say too much and possibly spoil anything. I’ll just say that I was very pleased with the way things worked out.
I think Marie Rutkoski is a master at building tension. I don’t think any other book has ever given me this much anxiety. I couldn’t get the book off my mind. Even after I put it down for the night. There was epic battles, kissing, and so many emotions. So much happened in this book but it never felt overdone. It felt pretty perfect, actually.
It was a glorious ending. Glorious. This is such an incredible series beginning to end. I will continue to recommend it to everyone and I’m planning on picking up some of Marie Rutkoski’s other books in the meantime.