Series: The Winner's Trilogy #3
Written by: Marie Rutkowski
Published: March 29, 2016 by Macmillan
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Synopsis: 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 marathoned the first two books in this series a year ago and I absolutely loved them. It's been a painful wait for the conclusion so I was so excited to finally read it. Not to mention that it was such a perfect ending to an amazing series. Fans of the series will not be disappointed by this conclusion. It's full of action and adventure with an amazing plot and great characters.
Another great thing about this book was the plot development. The first book in this series was a little slower in terms of pacing but this one was the opposite. This book was so full of action and adventure. After the way the last book ended it's no surprise that the stakes incredibly high here with tons of thrills and scenes that have me anxiously anticipating what could possibly happen next. And of course the fact that Kestrel is a great strategist and because this is the last book in a series, this meant that it all really built to thrilling conclusion. In general it felt really reminiscent of the plot of the first book in the series which was really interestting, it was all just escalated. And despite some moments in the beginning that felt a little bit like filler it was not only a cohesive individual story but a great resolution to the series as a whole. A thrilling story that had me nervous and excited throughout the entire thing.
But what I think really impressed me about this book and the plot was the narrative structure. I've always loved the way that the author changed perspectives in this series to give the books a more well-rounded and complex kind of storytelling. Here that was even better. The back and forth, especially during huge action scenes added a lot of drama to the book and even when there was dramatic irony it had me entertained instead of aggravated. When books alternate between different perspectives it can be hit or miss for me. Here it worked so well and added to the story instead of retracting.
On the whole this was a fantastic book full of action, adventure, great characters, and tons of feels. It was the perfect ending to the series and a great read.
Buy/Borrow/Bypass: BUY! If you loved the first two books in this series you will not be disappointed by the conclusion. It's a fantastic ending. And I absolutely recommend this book to everyone. It's a great charcter driven fantasy with subtle world building that fans of the genre and those just getting into the genre will appreciate,
Have you read The winner's Kiss? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!