**Minor to Major Spoilers**
Title: The Winner’s Kiss
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy
Number in Series: 3
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Flap copy: “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 actually read this a while ago, but just was too busy to write a post.
Anyways, you all know, KNOW, how much I love this series. This last book was so good, until the ending. If you don’t have the time to reread the first two books, don’t worry; through a plot devious, Rutoski actually made it okay not to remember that much.
I do love how Arin gets more time in the book. I remember reading, not sure where, that Rutoski deliberately made Arin have more page time as a way to show that since he was free, that balance of power is now shared between him in Kestrel. That woman is brilliant!
My only complaint was how quickly the ending wrapped up. A lot of people read this book differently, but for me it was always a complex romance series, so I was really disappointed that the ending of the book felt rushed and hurried.
I love this series and will probably try to convince my mom to read it, so if that doesn’t tell you something, I don’t know what will. Read this series!!!