From Goodreads: 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.
My Rating: 4.5 hearts
Thoughts on the Novel: Although I didn’t love Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse, its ending intrigued me enough that I decided I would give the
sequel, The Winner’s Crime, a try. I’m glad I finally got around to reading The
Winner’s Crime because it was so much better than The Winner’s Curse!
A huge reason why I liked The Winner’s Crime more was because the
romance was in the background and the focus was on court politics instead. I
love when fantasy novels focus on court politics! As well, because the romance
was in the background, the tension increased when Kestrel and Arin did
I liked Kestrel better in this novel too because she really learns to
look beyond herself, and makes sacrifices for the greater good. It was a lot of
fun seeing her try to outmanoeuvre the emperor, and in the process,
appear to gain a friend in Prince Verex.
Arin, on the other hand, was annoying
initially because he was so angsty and
kept chasing Kestrel when she made it clear that she didn’t want anything to do with
him. Thankfully, he redeemed himself later on by focusing on the needs of his
people. With the way things
ended in The Winner’s Crime, I can’t wait to read The Winner’s Kiss!
The Winner’s Crime was released in March 2015 by Farrar, Straus and
Comments About the Cover: I still don’t like the angle of the shot that
they chose for the model. I love the focus on the dagger though!