The Winner's Kiss
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 certa ...more
No battle is won without a good gamble.
This series has come a long way from its tame romantic beginnings in The Winner's Curse. The final installment finishes the series on an emotional, action-packed high, weaving in more game, winning and gambling metaphors to add to the running theme.
A couple of years ago, I was disappointed with the much-loved The Winner's Curse. The author had a good writing style that engaged the reader, but it was so tame! So much romance dampening the secrets, reveng ...more
The Winner's Kiss is a perfect conclusion to an expertly crafted series. And as always ...more
After Reading: NOT ENOUGH STARS IN THE UNIVERSE! LOVELOVELOVELOVE! This was beyond anything I could have imagined or asked for, for this book and these characters. Seriously. It was perfection. PERFECTION. Read it.
Dear Marie Rutkoski,
Thank you for this world and these characters and this story.
Thank you for showing that a girl's intelligence, tenacity, determination and cunning is every bit as appea ...more
She's an artist.
“Later, Kestrel wished she had spoken then, that no time had been lost. She wished that she’d had the courage that very moment to tell Arin what she’d finally known to be true: that she loved him with the whole of her heart.”
The Winner's Kiss isn't an ordinary book.
It's a poem. A sad melody. The blood that pumps in your veins. The air that ruffles your hair.
It's a promise. A promise of love lost and found.
It is beauty, in its pu ...more
I finally finished this series! YAY!!!!
I promised myself no more reading until after my basic science exam, but I broke it. Shame on me!
I have this hollow feeling after reading this book, I loved it and all, but the ending left me kind of d ...more
It’s not a story that I’ll ever tire off. I’m in love!
"You don’t need to be gifted with a blade. You are your own best weapon."
Well, shit. This book!!!! My heart feel so heavy right now. I'm so sad that it's over!
The Winner's Kiss was absolute perfection for me, start to finish. Every page. My mind is all over the place at the moment, and I cannot ...more
*Please note that there are spoilers from the Winner’s Curse and the Winner’s Crime, as well as some minor ones from the Winner’s Kiss. So, if you haven’t read these, proceed at your own risk.* (aka: don’t @ me in the comments for spoilers!)
This was another buddy read with Laura, of course (OMG this is like our fourth by now. Go us!). AND NYAH NYAH NYAH! I’M WINNING AGAIN! MUAHAHAHAHA! ;)
The roles have seemingly reversed in ...more
Are you really a boy, like Xash says? the god asked Arin. You’ve been mine for twenty years. I raised you....more
The Valorian signed the scrap of paper.
Cared for you.
The message was rolled, sealed, and pushed into a tiny leather tube.
Watched over you when you thought you were alone.
The captain tied the tube to hawk’s leg. The bird was too large to be a kestrel. It didn’t have a kestrel’s markings. It cocked its head, turning its glass-bead eyes on Arin.
No, not a boy. A man made in my image…one who know
i love that kestrel is a strong female main character. but it isnt physical strength (which is common in stories set during a war), its mental. we stan a smart and cunning woman.
i love that arin has such a gentleness to him for being an absolute beast. hes ruthless, but hes also tender when it matters. i love that comp ...more
“I want better choices.”
“Then we must make a world that has them.”
Doesn’t it feel good when you finish a really great book and you just stay still and thank God for what you’ve just read?
After this long year of anticipating this book, the only thing I can say is: wow.
Remember this review contain untagged spoilers so read at your own risk.
Marie’s writing style was as rich and fluid as always and the POVs intricate themselves into something heartbreaking and beautiful. The Winner’s Kiss was f ...more
Her mind ringed with hungry rows of foxlike teeth."
I have had to deal with heroines, or called so, of all sorts. The fierce, the whiny, the hotheaded, the softie-and-swoony. The ones who can fight and the ones who cannot, the ones who can think and the ones who cannot; princesses, commoners, magicians, assassins, many, so many of them, and all different one from the other, for better or for worse.
But none, none of them even compare to Kestrel. The one with the cu ...more
So lets talk spoilers =)
So many things took a turn in this book.
Kestrel was found out! She had been supplying information to a spy for Arin and the Herrani. Of course, Arin didn't know this because Kestrel had to keep him at a safe distance. Otherwise he would do a dick move and get them all killed.
Arin is a twat at times and he thought everything Kestrel did to make him not like her was true. Men! So he decides he doesn't care for her any more. Yeah. . . .
*MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
I think I finally understand how my parents feel about me.
D I S A P P O I N T E D big fucking time man.
I feel like a totally different author wrote this book. Literally everything about this book seems so different and changed and you know what, I refuse to believe that this book is the ending to my most fucking favorite series (hint: The Winner's trilogy).
At the mines, Kestrel is given a drug with her meals and drinks that slowly make ...more
After the heart-breaking ending of The Winner’s Crime, Kestrel is in a barbaric work camp where she is drugged in order to work tirele ...more
I'm sure it will be no surprise that I loved this book. I don't think I know anyone who hasn't loved this series, and when I found out that The Winner's Kiss was up on NetGalley, I requested it so quickly. I was in the library doing research for an assignment when I got the email came through that I'd been approved, and let me tell you, it was extremely difficult to keep my attention on civil war battles when I k ...more
I am writing this as a ghost because this book killed me.
I, Erica's ghost, have a lot of things to say about this but feel inadequate to verbalize my love/obsession/adoration/fascination with this spectacular story using coherent thought. Some other reviews somehow managed this, such as Nina's, Simona's, and Chantal's.
But I shall try.
To begin, I would like to say that I read this for about 7 hours straight. I ignored the existence of time to fulfill my addiction to this series, which is, hones ...more
The Winner’s Curse was a gentle introduction to the characters, the world and the romance. I loved it. The Winner’s Crime was a crescendo of court intrigue, sticky webs of lies and the first glimpses of war. I loved it. The Winner’s Kiss was a battle cry. I loved it.
I had astronomical expectations for this book, and it ...more
What do you rate a book when you’re saddened to your core that you finished the series, but also you didn’t enjoy it and thought it was objectively not good? WHAT DO I DO? It’s like mourning a childhood friend who turned out to be a meninist, or a My Little Pony fan, or a fan of buttered popcorn-flavored jelly beans. You know, something definitively but somewhat harmlessly Bad™.
God, I love that gif. Okay. Okay okay okay. I’m going to try ...more
PRETTY MUCH PERFECT.
“He told himself a story.
Not at first.
At first, there wasn’t time for thoughts that came in the shape of words. His head was blessedly empty of stories then. War was coming. It was upon him. Arin had been born in the year of the god of death, and he was finally glad of it. He surrendered himself to his god, who smiled and came close. Stories will get you killed, he murmured in Arin’s ear. Now, you just listen. Listen to me.
You can't trust many ...more
The feels start right from the beginning and it's a rollercoaster that lasts the entire book. I have loved Kestrel and Arin and I loved seeing how much they've grown from book 1. They're different, yet the same. And can I please get a novella or spin off with all of the Roshar? I floved every single scene with him.
Please excuse my vague review, I would never want t ...more
I am a ball of emotions guys. I cried MULTIPLE times in this book from lots of feELINGS.
Kestrel is seriously one of my favorite protagonists ever. She's smart strategically and doesn't let anyone tell her what she can and cannot do - and she's not *totally* adept at fighting, though she is competent, but her real strength lies in her amazing ability to play the political game.
I also love Arin, ...more
“Arin pulled her onto his lap. He held her shaking form, tucked his face into the crook of her cold neck as she sobbed against him. He murmured that he loved her more than he could say. He promised that he would always choose her first.”
5 Shining Stars!
The Winner's Kiss is the best and the most emotional book in the series, so prepare your tissues before starting to read it! I was an emotional mess after The Winner's Crime and I'd thought that The Winner's Kiss can't make my situation any w ...more
Actual rating: 5+
You don’t need to be gifted with a blade. You are your own best weapon.”
If you know me, you probably know that my two most favorite book series are ending this year. The Raven Boys and The winner's trilogy. It's hard because they end a mere month from each other. An emotional blow. The Winner's kiss's time is up. It's the hardest review I have ever written, n
Brilliant. Gods-given, brilliant literature. I am forever in love with these books, because like any other final installment, The Winner's Kiss had the power to shatter the story or to lift it to heavenly skies. And thank the gods, it was beyond beautiful. This is how you end a series. This is how you give readers a satisfying conclusion. And, most importantly, this is how you uphold the promise to your own characters -- you let them come alive.
The previous boo ...more
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