The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees
★★★★★ (5.00)
Genre – Young Adult Fantasy

(This is the third book in The Winner’s Trilogy. Spoilers below.)

Summary – Some kisses come at a price.20443235
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 h e 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?

Initial Thoughts – I don’t have reviews of the other books in this series, but I absolutely loved them. I couldn’t wait to read this book, though I really didn’t want the series to end.
Plot – ★★★★★ Rutkoski’s plot was flawless as always. She has talent for mentioning seemingly innocent details throughout the book that come together at the end for an amazing plot twist.
Characters – ★★★★★ Kestrel and Arin’s relationship makes me want to sob. I absolutely love the intelligence and confidence Kestrel possesses.
Story world – ★★★★★ To write this book, Rutkoski not only had to create one culture, but several. I really enjoyed the way this book showed the differences between the three main cultures in the book.
Style – ★★★★★ I love the way Rutkoski uses wit and intelligence to tell her story.
Closing Thoughts – I’m terribly sad to see the end of this series, but I can’t wait to read whatever Rutkoski writes next.
Recommendation – Recommended for lovers of wit, complicated love, and dangerous adventures.

(summary and cover from GoodReads)



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