I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing Australia on March 24th 2016
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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?
This is you reading an average, every day book:
Then there’s you reading The Winner’s Trilogy:
I feel like a broken record every time I say, “Read this series.”
But here I am, saying it again. Please. Read this series.
Because it is absolute perfection, from top to bottom.
But, you might be wondering, how does The Winner’s Kiss compare to The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Crime?
It is utter perfection. Marie Rutkoski is a master of her prose. She does more than wield it, she owns it. She owns every single line of this perfect novel.
Arin and Kestrel’s relationship is the perfect backdrop for this war-riddled world of politics and violence. There has been so much love and passion put into this series that it drips through every perfect page.
The Winner’s Kiss picks up where The Winner’s Crime left off – with Kestrel on her way to a slave camp and one helluva angry Arin, on the warpath and nursing a cold, broken heart.
And then the magic happens. The way that Rutkoski weaves these characters together into a delicate dance of passion and love and forgiveness is masterful.
Every interaction these two have is loaded with meaning. They’re so intensely attuned to each other that they can feel each other through the silence. This romance is such a slow-burning, piece of perfection that I’m struggling to come up with words for how much I love it.
Is this always an easy series to read? No. Rutkoski makes you work for every page, because there’s always so much tension going on. But I promise you that it’s worth it. That every moment you spend getting through the hard times with Arin and Kestrel will be rewarded. Because this treasure of a book never gives you everything you want easily. Because the reality is that their world is hard, and harsh and full of truth. But there is a sweetness to the sadness. A tinge of beauty amongst the ugliness that is utterly gripping and enthralling.
I could go on forever, because this series, to me is a tangle of excellence that is unravelled piece by piece until its final, stunning conclusion.
But I’d rather you read for yourself to see.
So I’ll say it one more time.
Please read this series.
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