The Winner's Kiss

The Winner's Kiss

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?"--
Publisher: New York :, Farrar Straus Giroux,, 2016
Edition: First edition
Description: 484 pages : map ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780374384739
Branch Call Number: TEEN Rutk


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Feb 18, 2017

Loved the way this story ended!!

ArapahoeLesley Nov 23, 2016

An excellent end to a series that I have enjoyed, mostly because our heroine isn't typical and the overall story veered away from the Cinderella poor girl turns princess malarkey that's everywhere. There's a reason for the story, a worthy moral and it's not too girly despite the title of this last one.

Oct 17, 2016

This trilogy is beautifully written. It's evident that the author put a lot of research and effort into creating this world of hers.

Aug 15, 2016

I loved the first two books, and this one did not disappoint. Though I feel like Roshar changed personalities, but I'm not complaining, I like him even more now. I am obsessed with the end page/sentence in books, and the end paragraph to this trilogy was one of the best I've EVER read! I also wanted less war and more emotion in this book especially, but I still will remember this book for a long time.

Aug 14, 2016

My expectations were a little higher for The Winner's Kiss than they would have been for any other trilogy's conclusion because this series has been amazing. I did keep in mind that sequels are never as good as the first, which is why my expectations weren't too high, but because the first book was so good the decline hit me a little harder than usual, resulting in two stars.

The first book had me obsessed, and the second was strong enough to keep me going, but unfortunately, this third book made the mistake of focusing too strongly on the relationship that was developed during the first two. I was all for the relationship, and I very strongly shipped Kestrel and Arin and couldn't wait to see them together. But what made the first two books so great for me was that both Kestrel and Arin were incredibly smart, calculating, and strong. They were perfect partners, or enemies, and I loved how that played into the dynamics of their relationship and the course of the war. In the third book, nearly all of that is lost and instead their relationship becomes the focus of the novel-- and it isn't an enjoyable relationship anymore! Kestrel becomes weak as Rutkoski pulls the cliche and unnecessary trick of erasing her memory. I was willing to forgive that horrible plotline, but Arin also becomes rather unbearable. He's obsessively protective of Kestrel and lets this stand in the way of his role in war. I would say about 65% of the text is boring language dragging on about how sad Arin was over Kestrel. It was all very self-pitying and whiney, which I don't like. Bringing me to my next point: Rutkoski's writing has really declined. Most sentences are less than five words long, and a lot of them don't contain verbs. I understand that this is a dramatizing tool, but it was overused.

Sure, The Winner's Kiss was far from ideal. I wanted to see our two main characters stronger than ever in this series finale, I wanted to see Herran and Valoria go head-to-head with each leader at his/her full potential. But I'd say that most flaws were forgivable because the trilogy is definitely good enough to be worth finishing. I loved Roshar, I loved the war, and I loved the final scene. I would highly, highly recommend this series; don't let the lower rating for this novel scare you off, because the first novel was amazing and 100% worth it, and I'd bet it's enough to pull you through to the third.

Jul 11, 2016

Awesome trilogy! Couldn't stop reading. I highly recommend if you like this type of action, adventure, romance with suffering. The type of love you have to fight a whole nation for. You know? Hopeless romantic type of love. :)

cmlibrary_jrobinson Jul 02, 2016

This third title in the series is just a lyrical as the first two titles. This is the type of trilogy that needs to be read in order. I would recommend it to older teens and young adults due to detailed descriptions of violence and some scenes with sensuality.

Apr 24, 2016

I don't remember Rutkoski's writing style in the previous two books, but I feel like it was different from this.

Kestrel's and Arin's story has always been more about all the things left unsaid which makes it a little poignant even though, ultimately it was a happy ending.

The Winner's Kiss is a lovely story, very romantic, and thinking of Arin's parts almost...religious. I found the tone of the story very dream-like, which may not be what some readers expect. The battles, the victory, the fate of Dacran, Valoria and Herran, all of those things are definitely secondary to Arin and Kestrel.

A charming end to an eventful, epic story.

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Aug 15, 2016

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Aug 15, 2016

" I tried so hard to live in your world,' she told him. 'Now it's your turn to live in mine. "

May 09, 2016

As he spoke, it occurred to her that maybe he, too, felt like two people, that maybe everybody does, and that it's not a question of whether one's damaged, but of how easily or not that damage is seen.


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