I cannot even CONTAIN my excitement today, my pineapple fiends! (Okay, I never really do attempt to contain bookish excitement?? But whatever. Let’s move forward.) I was invited to be on The Winner’s Kiss blog tour and my brain basically exploded because — HELLO. THIS FANTASY SERIES IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITES.
“Why is that, Cait?” you say. “Stop shouting at us and give us some reasons.”
Okay, okay. I shall. Keep your fronds on.
What to expect from today’s glorious post?
- a list of reasons to read The Winner’s Curse trilogy (no-spoilers!)
- a review of the final book, The Winner’s Kiss (no-spoilers for the book but spoilers for the rest of the series, so it’ll be hidden behind spoiler-tags)
- 2 x sets of the ENTIRE TRILOGY to win (ohhhh glorious day)
An enormous thank you to Bloomsbury for this opportunity and raucous applause to Marie Rutkoski for this extraordinarily brilliant series!
MARIE RUTKOSKI is a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Shakespeare, children’s literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons. Marie can tie a good double figure-eight knot and is very fond of perfume, tea and excellent bread and butter.
- THEY’RE BRILLIANT AND AMAZING AND I SAID READ THEM. I just think I should put this point first, because it’s clearly the most important. When am I ever wrong about my emphatic love for excellent books? NEVER.
- THE ENTIRE TRILOGY IS OUT NOW. I’m just sayin’. You can binge read them. I 100% attest that they are BEST read one after the other. I had to die over excruciating cliffhangers, but you won’t have to. Isn’t that lovely.
- KESTREL IS CUNNING AND CLEVER. Not that I’m saying all the “kick-butt fierce heroines” are bad…I love them. But I love Kestrel SO MUCH for not being one of them. She’s really not good with weapons. Her mind is her weapon. SHE IS EXTRAORDINARILY BRILLIANT. She can think up military tactics no one else can and her plans always work. Oh! Oh! And she deduces. So it’s basically like a female Sherlock in an epic fantasy world loosely based on Grecian-Roman times. Got all that? GOOD.
- THE ROMANCE IS ABSOLUTELY MY FAVOURITE. I’m not the world’s biggest romance fan, but omggggg. I will aggressively ship this until the apocalypse comes (and even then I’ll probably still ship it, but less aggressively because the apocalypse will probably take up a lot of thinking time; but I digress). Kestrel buys a slave, Arin, in the first book. But. That’s just the BEGINNING. He’s not “just a slave” and she’s not “just a stuck-up mistress”. There are soooo many twists and turns in their identities and relationship. Honestly? They basically HATE each other. And then they take turns being infatuated with each other but not saying it. (Ermagerd let me smack them.) And then of course, their romance is FORBIDDEN. And then blood and torture and separation (separation anxiety for me) and DEVASTATION. Basically it’s my favourite romance, okay?! OKAY.
- IT’S SET IN A GRECIAN-ROMAN FANTASY WORLD. So it’s still “epic fantasy” but not the average medieval stuff. (Oh goodie.) It definitely has a Roman vibe, but there are also pretty dresses (LOOK AT THE COVERS) tons of original culture (!!!) and wars and history and customs and all the good world-building stuff I crave.
- KESTREL PLAYS THE PIANO. This should convince you. It convinces me. She wants to play her piano and not go to war and not marry. #GoKestrel
- EVERYTHING GOES WRONG AND YOU WILL CRY. Honestly, this series is BRILLIANT and yet STRESSFUL. Even in my re-read I couldn’t put it down. Plot twists? Cliffhangers? Torture? Battles? Bleeding? Stabby stabbings? You got ’em.
- EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL THOUGH, SO THERE’S SOMETHING. Between your tears you will notice that a) the covers are just gorgeous and b) they are only the prelude to the gorgeous writing inside. And characters that just melt/break/elate your heart. It’s a 5-star series, folks, through and through. And the finale does NOT disappoint. I love everything. Everything is perfect. Everything hurts. THIS TRILOGY. AHHHHHHH.
- UM, JUST GO READ IT. Yes? Good job.
But it will contain slight spoilers for the rest of the series, so it’s in spoiler tags! NO PEEKING if you haven’t started the series yet. But the basic ideas is: this book is PERFECTION.
War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
At least, that’s what he thinks.
In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.
But no one gets what they want just by wishing.
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?
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