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The Winner's Crime ( Marie Rutkoski)

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)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.






















What is this woman doing to me? I loved The Winner's Curse and didn't know if the second book could top it. You know how those sequels tend to be: slow, disappointing, lack luster. Well, none of that applies with The Winner's Crime! 

 I am absolutely blown away by Marie Rutkoski's talent. This was such a tightly woven masterpiece. So many plot lines and key details sprinkled about. My brain was working at warp speed trying to piece the puzzle together right along with Kestrel. A-mazing.

I appreciated the new characters that have taken hold as well. At first I wasn't sure what purpose they would have, but oh what a surprise that turned out to be. The Winner's Kiss is going to be good, y'all! When all those delicious details finally get put together... I cannot wait. I would love to be this woman's friend. To just sit and talk books and the writing process. I'm having a fan girl moment at how brilliant she must be to keep track of so many details. This is not an easy process, for if you have read these books you realize how complicated the stories are. Definitely the work of someone with incredible talent.

All I can say is, this is a series worth reading. It's fast paced-- like hold on to your seat-- and full of so many surprises (my word that ending!). Your brain will work in overdrive to fit all the pieces together, but I don't think you will. At least, not far in advanced. The pacing and timing of events is so well planned that the reader makes discoveries along side the characters (or maybe just slightly ahead). This is one of the best written and well plotted books I have read in a long time. 

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