Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…
I read The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski earlier this year, and though I found most of the book to be mediocre, I really got excited towards the end. There wasn’t a lot of action throughout the book, but the end really intensified the plot and that ending is why I’m looking forward to this 2015 release.
Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.
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.
Once again, this cover is just breathtaking. The blue of Kestrel’s dress is an electric shock and the patterned floor beneath it offsets it beautifully.
One thing I noticed in the last book was that Kestrel’s best quality is her mind; she’s sharp and clever. From the description, it seems like we’re going to get more political cunning and sneakiness than we did in the first book.
Between this secret Kestrel’s about to uncover, and the shakiness of Arin’s nation, and the two of them toeing dangerous lines, this book looks like it’s going to explode with tension, drama, and perhaps, romance?
The Winner’s Curse releases March 3rd, 2015.