Book Review: The Winner’s Triloggy by Marie Rutkoski

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. 


This is a excellent trilogy filled with political intrigue, deception and romance every sentence is beautifully written, all the story lines are excellently woven together and each book leaves you wanting more. Kestrel and Arin are both wonderful complex characters I love them both so much! Kestrel is one of my absolute favorite female characters it’s always nice to see a female character in a fantasy setting who can’t fight Kestrel is brilliant but sometimes she has to be rescued and that definitely doesn’t make her any less of a strong female character.

I also love all the side characters I just wish that some of them could have had a bigger part. I was almost immediately immersed in the first book I feel in love with the historical feel of the world, there’s a lot more going on in the second book I loved it just as much as the first one. I have a few problems with the third book mostly with the ending it was a very open ending I normally love open endings but in this case it left me with a so many questions and I need more of a conclusion. This is a fantastic trilogy there is hardly anything I don’t love about it and now that all the books are out its the perfect time to read it.

Rating 4.5 Stars
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5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Winner’s Triloggy by Marie Rutkoski

  1. I’ve seen mentions of this book but it always seemed so girly and unoriginal. I thought it was about a bunch of girls in some kind of contest/challenge here they fought to marry a prince or something like that. But your review now makes me want to read it!


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