Title: The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy Book 3)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Synopsis: 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?
My Review: *~*Contains Spoilers*~*
The finale of Kestrel and Arin. A war between the East and West.
I was so nervous going into this book because I didn’t know what would happen to their relationship, Kestrel in the work camp or Herran.
This book was full of action, love and bloodshed.
The work camp was awful. They didn’t have to torture their prisoners for them to work. No they wouldn’t work well injured. The guards had them drugged. Kestrel fought it the best she could, but just like everyone else, she gave in. Lost hope. Even when she had the opportunity to escape, it failed.
What Kestrel’s father did… I have no words. He betrayed her love and trust.
What the Emperor did?!?! Ah! I despise that man. Drag his royal highness to the work camp and lose all since of hope, memories and life. All he sees is power and he would do anything for it. He just has to look good while doing it. Not lose face. He got what he deserved.
I loved getting to know more about Arin’s sister, Sarsine. She is a sweet woman and I am glad she was there to help Kestrel.
Then we have Prince Roshar of Dacran. He is my favorite character of this trilogy! I would’ve loved to have more of him. He had whit and charm. Even though his face was like a skeleton’s, his nose was chopped off, he used other ways to get what he wanted without having good looks. He proves that good looks are not everything! And let’s not forget his pet tiger, Arin. I loved Roshar and human Arin’s bromance.
The ending to this book and trilogy was fantastic. Kestrel and Arin finally got to do something they wanted to do in a long time. I hate to see this story end. I would’ve loved more of these two.
As for the Emperor… sneaky Kestrel.
I absolutely love this trilogy. It has romance, political aspects, mind games, war and espionage. I look forward to reading more of Marie Rutkoski’s work.