Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Publication date: March 2015
Source: e-book from the library
For: Love the series!
Series: Winner's Trilogy, Book 2
Summary (from goodreads): *Spoilers are inevitable for The Winner's Curse*
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. 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... if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.
As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.
Things I Liked:
Yes! Love this second book in the series. More complicated and painful twists and turns and strategy and you don't know what Kestrel can do to get out of her difficulties. It feels very constricting, just as it was for Kestrel. I loved this one, felt like it didn't lack or lag in the second book department. World is still fascinating, writing still very strong, characters still very real.
Things I Didn't Like:
And love story still leaving me a bit meh. Still, I'm really invested in the other aspects of Kestrel's story.
Reminded me a little of Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
one or two
some implied stuff
a few scenes
Overall rating: *****
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