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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.

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Comments on: "The winner’s crime – Marie Rutkoski" (1)

  1. THE WINNER’S CRIME BY MARIE RUTKOSKI is the 2nd book in the Winner’s Trilogy. This book for me, was just pain after pain after pain. Literally what keeps you reading this book is the yearning for something good to happen, which only happened like 2 times during the entirety of the book. Even though I still do not totally agree with Kestrel and Arin’s love story, I still think they both deserve justice. I think that their relationship can be very problematic at times, especially with the lies, betrayal and schemes. Kestrel annoyed me big time during this book for reasons like wanting to be with Arin but then just treating him like utter trash. That was a huge thing that kept relapsing and it just got so unnecessary. I don’t even know how Arin could still have feelings for her. But by the end of the book, my heart went out for Kestrel and I did shed my fair share of tears. New characters were introduced like the Emperor’s son – Prince Verex who played an interesting role, the Dacra Queen and her brother – who you grow to love and Tensen – a Herrani spy with a strong motive. This book made the series 100x bearable and I wonder what I’ll think of the last book (hopefully it doesn’t disappoint me, or I’ll do three times the angry ranting – scary stuff).


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