Why read the Winner’s Trilogy? You may ask.
Well. Allow me to sum up the series in just ten words:
Jaw dropping tension
Epic action scenes
Before starting The Winner’s Kiss, I was extremely worried that I wouldn’t remember what has happened in the previous books HOWEVER, after reading a quick recap on recaptions.com (bless their souls), I felt totally up to date, and read with almost no confusions. This is owing, in part, to Marie Rutkoski also. I really appreciated how easy she made it for readers to make sense of the current happenings if they hadn’t reread the previous novels. It picked up at the best possible spot.
Moving on, the actual plot.
Oh. My. Goodness. This book. I have no doubts in my mind that these books just kept inclining in detail, depth and wicked-awesomeness as the trilogy progressed. I will admit, I am SOOOO SAD THAT THERE IS NO MORE!!! *tears forever*
One aspect that I loved about Rutkoski’s writing in this one, was the point of view (POV) changes. This is not a new thing for this series, it has been consistent the whole way through, but I thought it worth mentioning. Unlike other books, the POV doesn’t change every chapter. I loved how Rutkoski changed the POV at the best time. For example, I would be really invested in an Arin chapter, and was scared to turn the page because I thought the POV would change again, but no! The change happened when the plot allowed. LOOOVVVEEEEDDDD. There was this chapter (my absolute favourite) where the POVs were flicking back so quickly and I loved it because it was so intense and thrilling. (If you’ve read it: think kestrel, bite and sting and Arin in battle)
(P.S. I’m super sorry if that made zero sense).
If you’ve read the previous novels in this series, you’ll know that the relationship between Kestrel and Arin is a complicated one… In The Winner’s Kiss, it evolved in a way that I was not expecting. It was truly beautiful. I loved the tension between them at the beginning, and how that subtly changed as the story progressed. Another character that I loved reading about was Roshar, the Eastern Prince. He was really great with an assortment of little quirks that really just made his character. A++ for him.
However, I cannot write a review for The Winner’s Kiss without mentioning the political/ war aspects. The tactics and perspectives and overall geniusness that occurred was mind blowing. I absolutely loved the progression of the war in this novel and how it resolved…
Which brings me, at long at last, to the ending. Death, despair Oh, wondrous despair. But also marvellous happiness. I won’t reveal any more than that though. GO READ IT!
In the final analysis: I have come to the conclusion that this series is one of my all time favourites. It is EPIC. AWESOME. SO MUCH FUN!!!!
I don’t know what else I can say to convince you…
Oh! Except the fact that I have a giveaway for you!!! TWO of you have the chance to win the ENTIRE trilogy!!!
To enter, head to my Instagram (@booknerdiganss)