The Winner’s Kiss
by Marie Rutkoski
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?
“Arin pulled her onto his lap. He held her shaking form, tucked his face into the crook of her cold neck as she sobbed against him. He murmured that he loved her more than he could say. He promised that he would always choose her first.”
― Marie Rutkoski, The Winner’s Kiss
Definitely the best book of the three in this series. I think that all the parts that left me head scratching were finally address in this one. I felt the first two books were very disjointed, maybe rushed even – that is not the case for this book.
It was delicious.
I was so enticed to see how raw Kestrel’s character had become. I won’t spoil this book as there are two others previously and it is hard to talk about the events that perspired without spoiling the whole fricken series. But I will say that by re-building Kestrel in this book made me understand her a lot more.
But the hero of this book is definitely Arin – the love interest. He is just delicious really. I enjoyed every word written about him really..
Also – If you are looking for some beautiful book quotes – this book is utterly amazing. Some sentences by Marie Rutkoski inflicted such emotion in me that I felt myself questioning my life as I knew it.
Sounds weird but just go google some already.. they are amazing.