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.
2016. 2016! That is how long I have to wait for book 3 of this series. Where is the freaking justice. Why do I choose to start incomplete series and let my whole entire life revolve around that series and then have my hopes and dreams dashed when I have to wait a unfair amount of time for the third book. Marie Rutkoski, you are not human, nobody human could write a book as awesome as The Winner's Crime, so if you are a robot or an alien from the planet Write and you have super awesome writing skills, why can't you write superhumanely fast?
None of that top paragraph makes sense does it? Oh well...
But seriously, in my review of The Winner's Curse I stated that I was worried that book two wasn't going to live up to my standards. I was so worried that it was going to be a victim of second book syndrome, but that was definitely not the case. Actually, I think I may have enjoyed this one more than the first (if that is even possible). It was full of intrigue, full of passion, full of meetings and misunderstandings and tactics and... well, it was just full of awesome.
Arin and Kestrel spend this whole book dancing around each other, which make the parts where they are together so much tenser, because tense is the only word for it. Their relationship here is nowhere near romantic, it's all need and regrets and disgust and I just could not get enough of it. Seriously, this book ended on the worst cliffhanger ever and I need book three because if Arin and Kestrel don't get their well needed happy ended I swear I might cry and give up reading forever.
I seriously don't think I have shipped anything this hard in a very long time.
Marie Rutkoski is an amazing author and she really brings this series to life. I cannot wait to see how she concludes this series. Just wow. This book left me breathless.
Overall Rating: A+
Book released 12th March 2015 by Bloomsbury Children
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review