Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux
Release Date: March 29th, 2016
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #2
Genres: Fantasy, Love & Romance, Young Adult Fiction
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?
Not as painful as expected
THE WINNER’S CRIME was so emotionally painful, I was bracing myself for this to be just as painful. I did cry at the start but after that… it was surprisingly okay. Not many people died, things were happier and less angsty. It was strange, but nice.
Roshar is so charming
I bloody love Roshar. He’s so bloody funny and really broke up some of the intense scenes. He’s definitely the comic relief. Would be highly entertained by an entire book about him and his tiger, Arin.
Suspenseful battle scenes
This is something that’s new to the series. I mean there’s been action scenes before, but not as many as in THE WINNER’S KISS. And they’re intense. They switch back and forth, keeping you guessing and scared for the characters lives. So many close calls were seen. Not to mention some really great battle strategies.
I would have loved to see more of some secondary characters
I do really love Kestral and Arin and their relationship and life as characters on there own, but there are some intriguing side characters I wish got more page time. Namely Verex and Risha. We only get glimpses of those two, which was hardly enough to scratch the surface. I want to explore their positions, their conflicts, and their motivations. Not just see them pop up every now and then for plot things.
THE WINNER’S KISS wrapped up the trilogy really well. I didn’t have many issues and am quite satisfied with how it ended, especially since I was bracing my self for intense bittersweet emotions. I really couldn’t ask for better.
After THE WINNER’S CRIME I was expecting THE WINNER’S KISS to be filled with emotional pain. Surprisingly it wasn’t. I’m left feeling really happy with the ending and the characters. There were more fight scenes in this compared to the previous two books and less politics. This series is beautifully written and I’d recommend it to fans of high fantasy looking for an interesting romance that accompanies a good plot.