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?
I was so excited when this book was released early in Australia (even though I didn’t get to start it until April). But I was a little conflicted because I wanted to know how the trilogy ends but at the same time I didn’t want it to end! I’m sure fellow Winner’s fans feel me.
The Setting. I seriously love this amazing fantasy world and I was so happy to be back there again. I like how we know that this world is fantasy, but it’s not over the top with the creatures and the magic etc. We got to see a bit more of this world that we hadn’t seen before and the setting made for AWESOME battle scenes!
The Characters. I love how the author creates even more obstacles for the OTP to get past in order to be together… said no one ever. Yes, what happens to Kestrel is kind of interesting and obviously advances the plot, but was it really necessary? It was great to see more of some minor characters and see how they’ve developed over the series.
The Plot. I really enjoyed the plotting and war tactics in this book that wasn’t as present in the first two. The first three quarters of the book had me completely hooked and I was desperate to know what happened next. But the closer I got to the end, the more predictable everything became and I just felt that the ending tied up a bit TOO neatly. I know it’s the end of a trilogy, but I still would’ve liked to keep guessing until the end and to have some sort of revelation on the last pages.
The Writing. As always, I loved Marie Rutkoski’s writing style. Because of these books, I have a newfound love for political intrigue and the inner workings of a world. And since I finished The Winner’s Kiss, I have been reading more politically centred novel and really enjoying them.
Overall, I enjoyed this book, even with the somewhat unsatisfying ending.
Recommended to: absolutely everyone.
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