Author: Maria Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #2
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Well, well, well. Here is a rare treat. A sequel that I actually enjoy more than its predecessor. At times in The Winner's Curse, I found Kestrel irritating and irrational. But she's grown up since then for The Winner's Crime. Rutkoski puts all her cards on the table, and while I could get a little done and over with Kestrel and Arin at times, the love story between these two is not the only reason to read this novel. If anything, it is more the exception than the rule. There are so many other factors at play here that are more interesting.
Take, for example, Kestrel's relationship with father. Or the prince. Or the prince's father. Indeed, her relationship with the king, and the king's character itself, is fascinating. While The Winner's Curse was a little over the top mushy, The Winner's Crime is serious, heartbreaking, and breath taking.
And the ending? Oh, the ending. Holy bleep, Batman. So elegant. So heartbreaking. So perfect.
I don't really care what ends up happening between Kestrel and Arin, but I have to know how this series plays out.