The Winner’s Crime Review

Sequel to: The Winner’s Curse

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.

I want to thank the publisher for allowing me to read this book.

The first books of the series, The Winner’s Curse left me breathless and wanting more. The same happened here. The book opens in winter, when Kestrel has to marry the Emperor’s son, Prince Verex. Arin, from the previous book, shows up and immediately tension is created between him and Kestrel. In this story, you’ll read about Keatrel’s balls and luxurious gown, only to hide her inner torment: she despises the man she’ll marry, but she can’t do anything about it.
She remains the same tough but kind chatacter, compared to Arin, who is changed from what we were used to before. On the other hand, even though I thought that I would hate the prince, I didn’t. He is sweet to her and I didn’t expect the end, can’t say more because of the spoilers, but it really surprised me. In the second book, you won’t read about war scenes as you read in the first book, but you’ll see the character’s development and the depth of their feelings.
The romance between Kestrel and Arin still continues. They spend time apart, trying to understand their feelings, but it’s obvious that they’re meant for each other. In the beginning of the book, Kestrel stays as far as possible from him, so far that you think that she got over him, that their little romance is over. But it’s not.
What I really enjoy in this series is that it’s not only a romance novel, of those typical ones, with the love triangles and the expected twists. It has more elements, like the political involvement, which keeps you intrigued until the last minute. What really surprised me was the fact that I didn’t like Marie’s writing as much as I did in the first book, it lacked descriptions. But overall, it’s an amazing book and I think that the third one will be completely different from the previous ones.

Have you read The Winner’s Curse? Are you excited about this one?

21 thoughts on “The Winner’s Crime Review

  1. Josie says:

    I haven’t read the Winner’s Curse, but it’s on my TBR list. I wasn’t particularly excited about it, but I was interested in it. You may have struck a spark of excitement in me for this book now!

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