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The Winner's Kiss

The Winner's Kiss

The Winner's Trilogy (Volume 3)

Marie Rutkoski

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

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He told himself a story.


Not at first.


At first, there wasn’t time for thoughts that came in the shape of words. His head was blessedly empty of stories then. War was coming. It was upon him. Arin...

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Praise for The Winner's Kiss

“Rutkoski delivers the conclusion to this trilogy with aplomb and grace . . . The heart of this story, however, has always been Arin and Kestrel’s complicated love for each other, and here their once-sizzling chemistry is replaced with real affection and attempts to truly know each another, though fans can rest assured there are still plenty of passionate encounters in this satisfying conclusion.” —The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

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About the author

Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Winner's Trilogy, The Shadow Society, and the Kronos Chronicles, which includes The Cabinet of Wonders. She is a professor at Brooklyn College and lives in New York City.

Marie Rutkoski

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