My Thoughts on Chapters 21-34
Ack! I spoke too soon. This latter third of the book has a bit of a lull in it. It just didn’t move as fast or seamlessly as the first half. But, things do happen. Poor Arin and Kestrel are separated once again, each diving deeper into self-proclaimed missions. I have no idea what’s going to happen to Arin, but I fear for Kestrel more. She’s basically in the lion’s den and no one can be trusted. We finally get to see Kestrel’s father, although I don’t particularly like him. He’s not very comforting, to say the least. I am starting to like Verex, the Prince, though. He’s not really much help or anything, but he’s not bad. And we see a few faces from the first book in these chapters as well. I’m hoping since a few things are discovered in these chapters, it sets things up for an exciting ending.
– “I don’t mind being a moth. I would probably start eating silk if it meant that I could fly.”
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As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him’with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.
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.