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The Winner’s Crime


Series
The Winner’s Trilogy

by
Marie Rutkoski

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN
9780374384708

Awards and Honors
Goodreads Choice Awards 2015, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction; Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 2015, Teen & Young Adult
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
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Engaged to Valoria’s crown prince, Kestrel is under the watchful eye of the emperor. Now, her feelings for Arin and her allegiance to his people—the enemy Herrani—are even more dangerous. Black-and-white map.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

416

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

Fic

AR

4.9: points 13

Lexile

HL610L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2015

Book Genres


Topics

Fantasy. Secrets. Love. Discrimination. War. Privilege. Empire.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, The Horn Book Guide, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

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

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

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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