The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) – Marie Rutkoski Review






Kestrel is due to be married to the Emperor’s son, Prince Verex. Herran’s minister of agriculture, Tensen has a spy inside the palace. Arin is desperate for the truth and will go further and beyond to find it. But just how far will the Emperor go to keep the ball in his court?

I feel like I was swimming in the dark with this book. I haven’t read the first one so I literally have no idea about what events happened in the previous book that started some sort of spiral into chaos. So for a bit, I had to fumble around for a bit trying to figure out what was going on and who I wanted to side with (definitely not the Emperor) was really confusing.

I understood from the beginning that something was going on between Kestrel (her name is awesome, by the way) and Arin and that really grabbed me. It felt somewhat Romeo and Juliet-esque? I felt kind of bad for Verex – when you’re first introduced to him, you think “eh just another spoilt prince” but he shows such a friendlier and softer side to him – something that you wouldn’t expect from a son of an Emperor but I liked it. I’m interested to know about what will happen with his character now Kestrel has been pulled, okay dragged, out of the Valorian palace.

Even though this took me a while to read, mainly because of some lame reading slump I sunk into – and the fact I got distracted by another book (oops) kind of put this onto a back-burner until I felt like I was ready to tackle it.

I honestly really enjoyed the book once I found myself understanding the important elements of the plot. I don’t know how I feel about Roshar, he’s one of those characters that you’re unsure whether you’re going to like him one moment or next – but I did like the chemistry between him and Arin. It felt brotherly in some way and I really felt like Arin needed someone who would be honest to him but uplifting (even if Roshar did keep threatening to kill him).

Overall, I would give this book a four. It has plenty turns and twists to keep you reading – especially towards the latter part of the book – and it’s one you won’t want to put down. Be careful though, you might get cranky when people keep interrupting you as you read it :P I want to get the first book on Kindle now just so I’m filled in with the whole back-story of the war between Herran and the Empire.

Received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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