* Warning this post contains spoilers for the first two books in the series, The Winner's Curse and The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski*
Series:The Winner's Trilogy, #3
Publication:March 29th 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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?
If you've read the second book and aren't sure- in telling you now pick up The Winner's Kiss- finish the trilogy. Marie Rutkoski did an excellent job with the concluding novel. The Winner's Kiss is definitely a satisfying ending to the trilogy.
The plot was engaging but I felt like there were points when things got slow for a few chapters and then they would pick up again. I will say there was a lot if action in the second half of the book because it was do war heavy and I really liked that because it made me want to never out down the book.
Like with the pervious two books there is a good amount of political intrigue going on which I liked as its bit something we see a lot of in YA.
Kestrel has always been a favourite character of mine and in this book particularly she comes across as a very admirable character. She is bit different in The Winner's Kiss compared to the previous books (won't say why- cause spoilers) but her growth in this book alone is absolutely amazing. I felt like we really get to see her vulnerable side in this one as well as her strong side.
Arin- while he can be very violent and an excellent solider i really liked getting to see him hesitating and his mercy. The death god
The romance definitely has a few ups an downs but I wasn't as frustrated as I was with Arin and Kestrel in book 2.
Roshar makes and appearance. I liked getting to see his friendship with Arin grow.
The series ended in a nice place but I would have liked a little bit more. Everything is wrapped up nicely but I would have liked a bow to complete it!
My rating: 4.5 stars
Thanks for reading,
P.S I'll be posting 2 post a week for the month of July as I'm on my summer holidays so I have lots of time to read! I'll be posting on Tuesdays like I normally do, but I will post something on Fridays too!
Follow my blog with Bloglovin