The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Woah. WOAH. And what?! Because the ending. the ending. the ending! and then all those missed opportunities as well! plus all those things left unsaid all because she thought-he thought-she said-he said but really because she wouldn't say and he kept on thinking...things.
Complaints for the first hold true for this a lot of the intrigue is rooted on what they become for each other, yet unlike Curse, Crime is less finding love; here's there's tension itself in should have's and could have's that brought on frustration, confusion, dislike, then a need in me.
That last mentioned need is one centered on the question of what's next as well as why were any of them doing what they were! And yet it's for being a little like the first that's elevated this sequel. It still centers a little bit onthe romance at first, specifically as to who they were/ were becoming/ could have become. Yet here it's that same thing which furthers a lot of the political and scheming and plotting and fouling up someone or other's or their plans. and i enjoyed all that... at least when it didn't frustrate me so.
primarily because the emperor is bad ass in the most authentic villainy sense that kestrel's previously much tauted military prowess remained absent; what we have instead is a heroine certain of what she'd jumped into and totally aware of the costs but also alone in that awareness. it's said isolation that made things.... more in every respect.
Good. No, impressive follow up.
thank you, ng!
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