Friday, 7 August 2015

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Series:The Winner's Trilogy

Publication: 3rd March 2015 by Farrar Straus Giroux

Goodreads summary:
Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement... if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

My thoughts:
I loved The Winner's Crime even more than The Winner's Curse. The story went in a totally different direction than I thought it would which I was really glad about. There's a big focus on secrecy and conspiracy. I was intrigued the whole time,I couldn't put the book down.

We get introduced to some new characters, some I loved (Verex) and some I hated (the emperor). Tensen, the minister of agriculture for Herran, plays a big role in the story as Arin's spymaster. I really enjoyed their "kind-of-father-son" relationship.

I really loved that there was a lot more focus on the politics between Herrai and the Valorians because the majority of the story takes place in the palace in the capital.

There was some parts of the story that I found incredibly frustrating. Particularly the lack of communication between Arin and Kestrel about her engagement to Verex. 

I loved and hated the ending!! I loved it because The last 50 pages were crazy and couldn't stop reading because so much was going on, but I hated it because it was the end and now I have to wait until 2016 for Te Winner's Kiss! 2016!!!

Overall I felt like The Winner's Crime was an excellent sequel and I'm eagerly anticipating the third book! 

My rating:4.5 stars out of 5!

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