The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski
Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Format: Format
Source: Bought Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 Stars) Synopsis:
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement… if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.
As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.
First things first: I enjoyed The Winner’s Curse more than it’s sequel. However, The Winner’s Crime was still very good and shared most of the best attributes of the first book.
For one, the world building in these books is great. Each warring culture is very fleshed out and unique and interesting, and the dynamics between them are both fascinating and horrible. This series has the amazing ability to make me at the same time understand and like characters of each country while disliking them as a whole.
Going off of that, all the characters are good, but the two point of view characters are really great. They are amazing and flawed and you can’t help but root for them both, even when they are working against each other.
Lastly, the writing in these books is really beautiful. The descriptions are rich but still to the point, and certain sentences can just rip your heart out. It’s just so good.
The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Crime are really great and you should read them, especially if you’re a fan of YA fantasy! I can’t wait until next March when the third book will be released.