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The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy Book 2) by [Rutkoski, Marie]
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Book 2 of 3 in The Winner's Trilogy (3 Book Series)

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Gr 9 Up—A romantic's romance novel, this second volume in Rutkoski's saga picks up where The Winner's Curse (2013) ended. Kestrel, a member of the Valorian ruling class, is engaged and will one day rule the empire. Meanwhile, Arin, Kestrel's former slave, is the leader of the Herrani people, and his subjects are starving thanks to the emperor's taxes. Kestrel is torn between her need to help Arin and her loyalty to her father, a general in the imperial army. Arin, in turn, is unraveled by his uncertainties: Is the woman he loves a power-hungry liar, or is she the spy who is supplying treasonous information that might just help him save his people? Some of Arin and Kestrel's misunderstandings and missed opportunities are more histrionic than wildly romantic, and though the plot is saturated with sword fights, subterfuge, and glittering parties, it isn't suspenseful as the previous entry. Poetic passages demonstrate the depth of Rutkoski's research and talent. "It suddenly seemed that Kestrel had been an empty room, and that all of her wishes came crowding in. They thronged: delicate, full-skirted, their silk brushing up against each other." The ending finds the protagonists again divided and facing life-threatening dilemmas, each thinking of the other. The last sentence resonates so strongly that it might just be enough to sustain fans until the first line of the final volume.—Chelsey Philpot, Boston University, MA

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“The cliffhanger ending of this second installment guarantees an anxious audience for the arrival of the third book.” ―BCCB

“Rutkoski's well-written prose is sumptuous . . . The shocking ending will leave readers hungry for the sequel.” ―VOYA

The Winner's Crime teeters on a knife-sharp edge between devastatingly romantic one moment and simply devastating the next. Marie Rutkoski has captivated me with her world of mind games, power struggles, and espionage, and left me positively desperate to see how Kestrel and Arin's story will play out.” ―Marissa Meyer, New York Times-bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles series

“Brilliant plotting and absolutely gorgeous writing combine to make The Winner's Crime a standout, but it is the complex, deeply layered characters with their gut wrenching dilemmas and impossible choices that cracked my heart wide open. It left me breathless and craving more--I don't know how I will be able to wait for the final book. A truly unforgettable read!” ―Robin LaFevers, New York Times–bestselling author of Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph

“The twisty plot is a cleverly constructed puzzle box of intrigue and deceit, couched in graceful prose that shifts from restrained to voluptuous. The diversity both between and within the various cultures suggests a richly detailed world; yet as the fate of peoples, kingdoms and empires hangs in the balance, the conflict plays out at the most intimate personal level in the reluctant, dangerous, impossible attraction between Kestrel and Arin . . . As positions harden and blood is shed, their destruction at each other's hands looms ever more certain; but a desperate hope that somehow disaster can be averted propels readers to the final devastating page, leaving only the excruciating wait for the sequel. Enthralling, agonizing and incandescent.” ―Starred review/Kirkus Reviews


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  • File Size: 1876 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (March 3, 2015)
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2015
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MLNBJTA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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