Series Spotlight #4: The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
Welcome to a new feature called Series Spotlight that we hope to do semi regularly on the blog. This space is for featuring a series that has us hooked and gushing and we want to spread the love!
The next series under the spotlight is:
The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
I really got intrigued by this series after attending the Sydney Writers Festival earlier in the year. The 11 YA publishers in Australia each put up 2 of their strongest contenders to compete in a book boyfriend battle and then the audience had to cheer for their favourite hero. I didn’t really know anything about the Winner’s Trilogy but Arin was one of the finalists and after hearing about of the story it sounded right up my alley. I added it to my to-read list straight away and made time to read the first two books just recently. Wow these books were just brilliant. I loved the use of real ancient history to weave a compelling love story between our main characters Kestrel and Arin. I loved how the author used an economic principal called the Winners Curse and managed to turn it into an epic fantasy love story and the writing is just beautiful and understated.
What I don’t love is that I mistakenly thought that book 3 was coming out in 2015 and have only just discovered that in actual fact it isn’t out until March 2016 meaning I have almost a year to wait until I read the final instalment of this series of star crossed lovers. I will be stalking whichever publisher I need to in order to get my hands on a copy of book 3 as early as I possibly can!!!
Have you read this series and do you love it as much as I do? I would love to hear your thoughts!
||Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…
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.
||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.
||War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.
But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between.
In a game like this, can anybody really win?