The Winner's Kiss

The Winner's Kiss

by Marie Rutkoski


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ISBN-13: 9780374384739
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Series: Winner's Trilogy Series , #3
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 258,617
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile: HL590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Winner's Curse, The Winner's Crime, The Shadow Society, and the Kronos Chronicles, which includes The Cabinet of Wonders. She is a professor at Brooklyn College and lives in New York City.

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The Winner's Kiss (Winner's Trilogy Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
AsDreamsAreMade More than 1 year ago
Original Review Link: Stop. Just stop whatever you’re doing and go pick up this book. The Winner’s Kiss picks up right where The Winner’s Crime left off. Kestrel is trying to survive in the work camp while Arin is fighting his own battles (literally and figuratively) to save his country. When they’re reunited once more, they have to learn to navigate this new relationship in which they’re honest with one another while at the same time fighting enemies on all fronts and deciding who they are and who they want to be. Guys this book was everything and more. What an amazing way to end this trilogy. Kestrel and Arin have both suffered immeasurably and the repercussions of that trauma are manifested in this novel. They both have to face their past decisions and backgrounds in order to move forward. Kestrel’s experience at the work camp has changed her forever. I loved seeing her journey with it. It really was almost seeing a new character emerge. Arin at the same time is racked with guilt with what he did to Kestrel, yet driven by the need to protect her at all costs. I loved their relationship in this novel because they’re finally forced to be honest with one another–in all aspects. It allows them to grow as individuals and in their relationship. I was so happy with how their story concluded. I loved Roshar. Can I just keep him in my pocket? His self deprecating humor and charm was such a great contrast to Arin’s moodiness and Kestrel’s driven mind. I’d love to see more of him. Maybe in a future novel??? The plot moves fast. I loved the way the chapters are formatted. There are breaks throughout the chapters that alternate between Kestrel and Arin’s POV. It kept it moving quickly and your interest was peaked from the beginning. There was a lot more action in this book. They’re at war and it shows. Plenty of plot twists and heart stopping moments to satisfy any critic. The ending will leave you satisfied and wanting for more at the same time. I was so happy with how this trilogy concluded, but at the same time I didn’t want to leave these characters and this world for good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a great ending, and thought that the author did a good job tying up the ending but while still leaving the reader to assume some things. Great story
Anonymous 7 months ago
An enthralling read! Written to perfection thank you for sharing this story with us! Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
amazing, amazing, amazing!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did really enjoy this book, but I don't think it's a series that I would revisit. I like how it deals with some major complexities of slavery, post-slavery, colonization, abuse, love, and so much more. I liked the characters and thought they were interesting and fun even. (I especially like Roshar.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book I would enjoy reading over and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so invested in the characters and world. This is truly a beatiful story. Its heart breaking and hopefull. The love between the two characters is pure, real, and complicated. I hope anyone who come across this series would read it.
AliceGrace More than 1 year ago
Ah, The Winner’s Kiss, such a pretty cover. After I started this book, I hardly wanted to put it down. I needed to know what was going to happen next but, mostly, I needed to know when Kestrel was going to recover. Before I get into anything, know that I really enjoyed this book. The first two novels in this trilogy kept me pretty much glued to the books, but The Winner’s Kiss didn’t have the same affect. I can actually liken it to my drive to read City of Bones the first time. When I started Clare’s novel, I didn’t keep reading because of the world or the story. I kept reading because I freaking needed to see Jace and Clary finally kiss. Then I would be satisfied. With The Winner’s Kiss, I needed to see Kestrel recover. I needed her to remember everything. I needed her to be who she was before. Now, logically, there’s no way Kestrel would be the same person we knew in the first two novels. I applaud Rutkoski for showing us that trauma changes people. It leaves a mark on people and it isn’t easily healed. She elegantly shows us that even though someone we love betrays us, it still isn’t easy to let go of them. Kestrel’s father betrayed her in a nearly unforgivable way. On the flip side, I’m sure he felt the same way when he found out that she had switched sides. This doesn’t excuse his actions though. He allowed her to go to a prison camp that he knew would destroy her. His power was more important than his love for her. This prison camp did destroy her. The Kestrel we followed through the first two books only emerged in pieces. The Kestrel in book three is nothing more than a ghost of the character we were originally introduced to. That’s not to say she doesn’t have any depth, just that she was extremely different. I don’t have any issues with how this was executed. I thought the process of her losing her memories and attaining them (or parts of them) was handled quite well. Unfortunately, I felt like having Kestrel lose her memories was dissatisfying as a reader. It would have been much more interesting and heart-wrenching to watch a Kestrel who remembered everything overcome her grief. It would have been much more satisfying watching Kestrel and Arin overcome a past they both remembered instead of having to watch Kestrel fall in love with him again. I didn’t have any issues with the battles or the politics of the book. Arin’s personal journey was definitely changed because of Kestrel’s though, which made his story a bit unsatisfying as well. I wanted to see them both struggle with each other even as they worked on the same side in a way that they could only fight if Kestrel remembered everything. This here, is the crux of my feelings about this book. Kestrel’s journey changed everything about this book and story. In some ways, she grew a lot as a person, but I can’t help but feel that her journey was cheated by the fact that she couldn’t remember things anymore. Besides this, the ending was neatly done but I do feel like the story was a bit incomplete. Arin’s relationship with his god was left far too open. I didn’t feel like there was a resolution there. To add to that, Arin and his people struggled with freedom all this time for what? It didn’t feel finished for them. The Emperor and his top general may have been killed and incapacitated, but the empire was still an issue. They still wanted to enslave and defeat Arin and his people (and had the power to do so). I do feel like it was an honest ending to the book, but not to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable and entertaining . Loved it
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
*The Winner's Kiss is the third book in Rutkoski's Winner's Trilogy which begins with The Winner's Curse and The Winner's Crime. As such this review contains major spoilers for books one and two!* "She thought, fleetingly, that this must be what memory was for: to rebuild yourself when you lose the pieces." Arin and Kestrel should be on opposites sides in the war that is brewing between Valoria and its newly independent colony Herran. Yet, despite all appearances to the contrary they have been on the same side--that is, Kestrel has been on Arin's side--from the outset. Arin is certain that Kestrel is getting exactly what she deserves serving at the Emperor's shoulder while she watches her father prepare to make war with Herran. He's wrong. Instead, one impetuous decision has led Kestrel to the northern tundra as a prisoner. A traitor to her own country desperate to escape. Arin and Kestrel have always been bound by their decisions--deliberate acts and willful lies that have pulled them away from each other again and again. With the threat of war growing every day, both Kestrel and Arin will have to redefine victory--and trust--if they hope to find their way back to each other or the people they've worked so hard to save in The Winner's Kiss (2016) by Marie Rutkoski. The Winner's Kiss is the third book in Rutkoski's Winner's Trilogy which begins with The Winner's Curse and The Winner's Crime. This novel starts off soon after the climactic conclusion of book two. Arin prepares for war in Herran while Kestrel is brought to a prison work camp in the Valorian Tundra, both haunted by the decisions that have led them to this point. Rutkoski manages to strike the perfect balance between character-driven introspection and nail biting tension throughout the novel. Arin and Kestrel are broken, sometimes in small ways and sometimes larger, because of their ties to Herran and to each other. Their own attempts to heal and rebuild play out against the grand battle looming over who will control Herran moving forward. This book is the exact right conclusion for this series and the one that the characters deserve. The Winner's Kiss delivers everything readers of this trilogy have come to love and expect while expanding Arin and Kestrel's world even further with still more insights into these two shrewd and talented characters. Highly recommended. Possible Pairings: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow, The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, A Wizard of Earth Sea by Ursula K. LeGuin, Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund, The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab, Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood, Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Madison-s_Library More than 1 year ago
The Winner's Kiss is an epic conclusion to the fantastic Winner's Trilogy. Heart-wrenching and awesome, every moment is tense with a mix of despair and possibility. Could Kestrel and Arin ever save their people, find safety, and possibly get their happy ending? Arin has allied with the Dacran queen. Kestrel has been discovered as a traitor to her people and has been transported to a work camp. War is looming. Marie Rutkoski has proven her ability to write engaging stories, but The Winner's Kiss cements this, with imagery so vibrant that reading this book was akin to sinking through the pages straight into the detailed world she has created. In The Winner's Kiss the perspective frequently switches from Arin to Kestrel, sometimes with each only sharing a small paragraph or two before returning to the other's view point. It makes for dramatic, edge-of-your-seat reading. It was devastating in The Winner Crime when Kestrel denied Arin in an effort to save him and his people. I was so hoping that The Winner's Kiss would give them another chance to reconnect (the whole Kiss part of the title was very encouraging). Their romance is very much a focus of this book, which I loved. Of course, there is also the ongoing war between the Herrani and Valorian nations, the treaty between the Herrani and the Dacran and the ever-present tactics and war games. But I loved the tension between Arin and Kestrel. Their chemistry is off the charts. I thought I was already in love with Arin, but this book had me head over heels for him because of his understanding and the fine balance he perfects between gentleness and a ruthlessness needed to win the war. Kestrel is, as always, the strong and determined heroine we have come to admire and there is no shortage of her tricks and devious planning. But in The Winner's Kiss we also witness a very vulnerable, hurting side to Kestrel, and I loved her all the more for her resilience. And as for that happy ending...? Well, you'll just have to read it for yourself, but this book, this whole series is most definitely worth putting on your to-read list. Very highly recommended. The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A trilogy of strength , honor, love, and passion. About finding yourself and facing adversity among those who you are supposed to trust. No spolier. Read from the first book to the last. I have not been able to put down.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski Book Three of the Winner's Trilogy Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Publication Date: March 29, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks. But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win? What I Liked: I'm just going to apologize in advance because this is probably going to be a mess of a very short review. I literally have NO clue how to review this book. Can I just say that it is an epic and STUNNING conclusion novel, and force everyone to the bookstore on March 29th for a copy? Personally, I don't think you need my review to know that this book is EPIC and perfect and the series is easily a favorite! In this final novel of the intense and riveting Winner's Trilogy, war has taken over. Arin is devoted and determined, with a single-minded focus on saving and protecting his country. He's done his best to forget the girl he loves, who is to be married to the Valorian emperor's son. But she's not - the emperor sent Kestrel to a work camp in the tundra. Kestrel begins to lose parts of herself, and even she can't think and strategically escape out of the tundra. But fate isn't finished with Kestrel and Arin, and they play the biggest roles of the war. Did I already mention that I have no idea how to review this book? Because I definitely do not. I am afraid of saying too much, for fear of spoilers. There are spoilers of The Winner's Curse and The Winner's Crime, but I will do my best to keep everything about the conclusion very vague. First I will say that I LOVE how technical and specific the war tactics and strategies and battle formations and plans were. Rutkoski really did her research on wars and battles, because it really felt like we were in the middle of attack plans and strategies. Arin and Roshar (eastern prince and best friend of Arin) are excellent commanders, and Arin especially has a great mind for battle. Oh Arin. His character development throughout the entire series, but especially this book, was beautiful and heartbreaking and so well-written. He wants to forget Kestrel; he wants to destroy anyone who gets in his way to take over Herran; he wants to keep Herran safe even after the war. He believes in his god, the god of death, but he struggles with how battle lust gets to him. I adore Arin, and probably the most in this book, of the series. I think I liked Kestrel the most, of the series, in this book as well. Rutkoski really breaks her down in this book. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
After that ending of The Winner's Crime, I was dying to get my greedy hands on this book and I could never have expected what we got. 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 to spoil this for anyone. Marie has created an amazing world and she's given us quite a ride. This book is a perfect example of how you end a trilogy. **Huge thanks to Macmillan for the invite to read**