Series Overview – The Winner’s Trilogy


Author: Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date(first book): 4th March 2014
Publishers: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Source: Myself (first book), Netgalley (second and third books)
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What I Liked:
  • Kestrel, our main character, is so so smart
  • It proves that you can have a badass MC who doesn’t have to know how to use a sword
  • So. Much. Politics
  • Arin’s determination to free his people
  • Roshar! He’s hilarious.
  • The romance doesn’t just happen overnight. It’s slowly developed throughout the series
  • The different cultures within the book.
What I Didn’t Like:
  • I was expecting some sort of magic because it’s classified as a fantasy, but there isn’t any. This doesn’t really ruin the series, I was just expecting it.
  • There are some parts that dragged for me.
  • Kestrel kept so many secrets from Arin and everything would’ve just been easier if they communicated. Seriously, they could’ve avoided so many issues if they used words
  • General Trajan… All I’ve got to say is why?
Do I Recommend It?

Definitely!! If you love stories that focus heavily on politics, war and strategy you’ll love this. If you don’t usually like fantasy, I’d still give this a try because the story could’ve easily been set in our world.

One Quote Per Book:
  • “Isn’t that what stories do, make real things fake, and fake things real?”― The Winner’s Curse
  • “It was different to give something up than to see it taken away. The difference, Kestrel said, was choice.” ― The Winner’s Crime
  • “If I die, you’ll survive. If you die, it will destroy me.” ― The Winner’s Kiss
Favourite Cover:

They’re all so pretty but if I had to pick one I’d go with The Winner’s Crime.


Favourite Book:

Again, this is tough because I gave them all 5/5 stars but I’ll go with The Winner’s Crime again because it’s just before everything gets really bad but there’s enough going on to make you flail.



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