Yeup it’s that time again
Today it shall be a fantastic review of the conclusion to one of my most favourite trilogies. Written by Marie Rutkoski which was sent to me via Bloomsbury- THANK YOU!!! ❤
So if you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years and have never heard of this fantastical trilogy, The Winner’s Curse, here is a brief overview of it.
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.
One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.
But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Now if you haven’t read the first 2 books please do not continue reading or you will be spoiled.
Arin is in the thick of a war with East as an Ally and the Valorian Empire as his enemy. Whilst Kestrel is a prisoner, forced to drink a drug that makes her forget herself as she works.
Arin still believes Kestrel’s lies and gives no thought to her until a messenger arrives, a Herrani speaking woman has been taken prisoner and has given him a moth to deliver to Arin.
Working out where Kestrel is, Arin embarks on a daring mission to rescue her before she loses herself.
As the war gets tougher, Arin and Kestrel find themselves with surprising roles in a desperate bid to win a war against so many, can anyone win?
I apologise for this short review but there are ways I cannot describe just how good a finale this book is. I think it’s my favourite.
I loved how Kestrel and Arin’s relationship developed in this book and each page had me gripped, urging them to kiss and just forget their past. I was hooked from page 1. This is a phenomenal book and 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, and it paid off 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.
But I loved how little ideas for the finale were implanted way before we even got half way. A poison that only takes a touch to kill was introduced to Kestrel so early on.
Arin was just beautiful written and has developed so much! His deal with the God of Death is just…. oh my gOD! I really cannot even describe this book and how good it is without ruining the ending.
Like seriously I don’t even want to say anything about this book. But at the same time I just want to gush to you how good it is!!! But I am going to urge you to read this book/trilogy. Rutkoski is a fantastic writer and you just need to read it straight away because I’ve only just finished it and want to re-read it all over again. Rutkoski develops a world where you cannot help but imagine every single detail.
She is just that good!
Anywho, I loved the romance in this book and how it progressed. It really made me want my own Arin. The ending is PERFECT. Everyone has to work for it, and Rutkoski really had me worried at some points, but the ending was amazing. I love how important Kestrel is and how significant her role is.
I loved every inch of this book and there was nothing I would change/have differently.
Buy it here-