Title : The Winner’s Kiss
Series : The Winner’s trilogy #3
Author : Marie Rutkoski
Genre : YA Fantasy, Dystopian
Goodreads summary :
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?
This book was spectacular.
Satisfactory serie finales are a gem to find, and The Winner’s Kiss sure lived up to, and heightened all the expectations I had from it. The politics, the romance, the writing, the angst, the characters – where do I even begin?
The storytelling is topnotch and very exciting. Rutkoski writes with such beauty, and her writing style and storytelling from The Winner’s Curse to The Winner’s Kiss is majorly developed. Whereas I was mildly impressed with The Winner’s Curse, I freaking loved The Winner’s Kiss. The detailing, the cleverness and the way the story flows is very readable.
The romance was excellently written. I wasn’t at all a fan of the ship in the first book, but I was so surprised by how much I loved the romance by the time I reached the third book. The angst, the will they/won’t they situation just added to the excitement and made the romance super thrilling to read about. I loved how the romance did not overpower the rest of the story, i.e., the politics and the war. That, according to me, is what made this book so amazing.
I enjoyed reading about Kestrel and Arin much more in this book. I now wholeheartedly love these two characters, and they’ve slowly evolved into such excellent beings. I really loved Roshar in this book too, he had an important role and most of the comical scenes in the book included him. I loved Kestrel’s development in this book, and Arin and Kestrel’s tension was scintillating.
All in all, this was an excellent finale. I highly recommend you to pick up this trilogy!