This series is highly addictive! I enjoyed this second book as much or even more than the first. While some parts of the book are slow, other parts are full of tension. The author balanced the story and paced it well to keep me engrossed the whole way through.
Kestrel is an amazing protagonist. She is wickedly clever and manipulative. She can see through the lies and deceit of other people easily, as well as play the game herself. Arin is smart, but less careful than Kestrel and his lack of care gets him (and others) into trouble.
It was a dramatic and heart wrenching sequel and I can’t wait to read the last book!
My Rating: 5 STARS
About the Book:
- Age Range: 12 – 18 years
- Series: The Winner’s Trilogy (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (March 3, 2015)
Following your heart can be a crime
A royal wedding is what most girls dream about. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin’s freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself? For Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. She’s working as a spy in the court. If caught, she’ll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet she can’t help searching for a way to change her ruthless world . . . and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret.
This dazzling follow-up to The Winner’s Curse reveals the high price of dangerous lies and untrustworthy alliances. The truth will come out, and when it does, Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them.