The Winner's Crime

The Winner's Crime

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Lady Kestrel's engagement to Valoria's crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust. While Arin fights to keep his country's freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.
Publisher: London :, Bloomsbury,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9781408858691
Characteristics: 400 pages : map ; 20 cm.

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mightyminnie
Feb 18, 2017

Annoyingly wonderful..

ArapahoeLesley Nov 10, 2016

I had a feeling at the end of The Winner's Curse that the next one would be better and it was! The long introductions are over and the true conflict begins. Rutkoski's writing is great 3 1/2 stars to this and I have another feeling that the third one will get 4 stars.

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Blue_Crow_2
Dec 01, 2015

OMFG LIVED UP TO ALL MY EXPECTATIONS AND MORE.

LOVE THE FIRST, LOVE THE SECOND, WILL LOVE THE THIRD. READ THIS

Ok but real review: Rutkoski continues her story. She doesn't lose momentum or her reader's interest. What attracted me in her first book were Kestrel and Arin's intelligence, competence, and complete development, and none of that is lost in the second book. Rather, it's proved further. I love that they're BOTH smart, and BOTH competent, and both developed so thoroughly. Their emotions are real and well-explained, and therefore extremely relatable so I felt connected with the characters. There were times when Rutkoski gets a little too carried away with the metaphors, but I love it. Very interesting. This series is pretty much up there with Maas's Throne of Glass.

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tlv2
Oct 01, 2015

This book was so good! It was a page turner that I could hardly stop reading. I really enjoyed The Winner's Curse, but this was so much better! The just trudged my way through The Court of Fives (not sure why I even finished it), so this was like a breath of fresh air. It is so well-written with characters that captivate you and a clever, page-turning plot. Definitely one of my favorite books read this year. If you like historical-fiction/dystopian books you'll enjoy this series!

Kereesa Jun 30, 2015

This series makes me cry. Enough said, I think.

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katsyd
Jun 20, 2015

Beautiful. It grows and improves on the first book. I definitely recommend.

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Lotte_
Apr 18, 2015

brilliant sequel, love this series :)

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nidofito
Mar 10, 2015

Its a subtlety tense book with twists and secrets slowly being revealed with the certainty of the moment when Kestrel's lies will catch up to her. Only left to wonder is in what form and what will be consequences afterwards. Because as much of an intelligent person Kestrel was (and by God she was amazing performing her roles under such tyranny) she was a new player in a game being played by veterans. Towards the end, it became more of a waiting game than anything else and it took only one last mistake to bring it all down.

All in all, a really nice sequel to The Winner's Curse and I can't wait to read how it all ends in the final book.

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katsyd
Jun 23, 2015

Someone was coming through the velvet.

He was pulling it wide, he was stepping onto Kestrel’s balcony—close, closer still as she turned and the curtain swayed, then stopped. He pinned the velvet against frame. He held the sweep of it high, at the level of his gray eyes, which were silver in the shadows.

He was here. He had come.

Arin.

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katsyd
Jun 23, 2015

She turned to look at him, and he was already looking at her. “I’m going to miss you when I wake up,” she whispered, because she realized that she must have fallen asleep under the sun. Arin was too real for her imagination. He was a dream.
“Don’t wake up,” he said.

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katsyd
Jun 23, 2015

katsyd thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 30

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