- Copertina flessibile: 416 pagine
- Editore: Bloomsbury Childrens (12 marzo 2015)
- Collana: The Winner's Trilogy
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 140885869X
- ISBN-13: 978-1408858691
- Peso di spedizione: 322 g
- Media recensioni: 4.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (1 recensione cliente)
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 11.264 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
The Winner's Crime (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 12 mar 2015
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Every line in The Winner's Curse is beautifully written. The story is masterfully plotted. The characters' dilemmas fascinated me and tore at my heart. This book gave me a rare and special reading experience: I never knew what was going to happen next. I loved it. I want more. (Praise for 'The Winner's Curse', Kristin Cashore, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Graceling Realm books)
Like any epic page-turner worth its salt, Rutkoski's richly imagined world is full of dynamic repartee, gruesome battle scenes, and shifting alliances. A high-stakes cliffhanger will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next book (Praise for 'The Winner's Curse', Publishers Weekly, starred review)
Rich characterisation, exquisite world building and rock-solid storytelling make this a fantasy of unusual intelligence and depth ... Breathtaking, tragic and true (Praise for 'The Winner's Curse', Kirkus, starred review)
A forbidden romance. The romance is heartstoppingly lovely and admittedly steamy ... but the raising of stakes and the reluctance of the couple to give up their respective causes, even as they confess their love for each other, lends their relationship a complexity not often seen in the genre ... A last-minute compromise between the lovers secures a sequel, and fans of Kristin Cashore and Robin Lefevers will be pleased to have a new romance to follow (Praise for 'The Winner's Curse', BCCB, starred review)
Faultlessly written, home to a rich cast of mesmerising characters, and possesses just the right amount of intrigue, romance and emotion to make the story one that leaves an impression. My mind is still reeling from those final few pages (Praise for 'The Winner's Curse', Realm of Fiction)
Rich with detail, tension, and true feeling - and that goes for both the plot, and the characters. Everything about it is just incredible (Praise for 'The Winner's Curse', There Were Books Involved)
Full of high society balls, lies and deceit, stolen moments in secret places, as well as being absolutely beautifully written, The Winner's Curse is a brilliant first book in a new trilogy that everyone should read! (Praise for 'The Winner's Curse', Swept Away by Books)
The hype is right - The Winner's Curse is a beautiful, heartbreaking must-read (Praise for 'The Winner's Curse', Icey Books)
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The Winner's Crime is a fight to the death, where no one will escape a strike to the heart. The second novel in a sensational fantasy trilogyVisualizza tutta la Descrizione prodotto
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Per me il fiore all'occhiello della trilogia è la protagonista, Kestrel. La adoro. Intelligente e per una volta, non una combattente nata.
Questo secondo libro è quasi tutto intrighi politici, strategie e cuori spezzati, ma resistete! Il terzo libro è assolutamente perfetto.
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The development of the plot was interesting, but as with many YA fantasies, I feel that it lacked the subtle development more commonly found in adult fantasy. Kestrel’s spying skills felt woefully inadequate considering that she was up against an emperor with years of experience in the art of manipulation. I knew she was going to get caught from the first awkward encounters that seemed so blatantly obvious to my reader’s eyes. Kestrel may have thought she was skilled at subterfuge, but her confidence was misplaced. Had she truly been clever she would have become closer to the prince or knifed the emperor at dinner. Not that mealtime regicide requires cleverness, but it would have taken Kestrel’s most devious enemy off the Bite & Sting playing field. I felt the prince was largely ignored as a potential ally or enemy- he felt extraneous and I was disappointed by this. Arin was playing his own hand of cards and simultaneously pining over Kestrel and loathing her, which displayed his ignorance of her character.
Though I just spent a whole paragraph fussing about what the characters should have done, I must confess that I still think they’re great. This is one of my new favorite YA fantasy series and it’s just incredibly engaging. I’ve had trouble putting these down and neglect my household responsibilities while reading. One of the best parts is that the most devastating betrayals in this installment come from where you least expect it. Rutkoski really threw me off with the last one and I always appreciate a good surprise!
I can’t recommend this series enough for fans of YA fantasy! If you haven’t read it yet, check it out because it’s so good. If you have, leave a comment below and let me know what you thought! Did I mention that The Melting Library has a Bite & Sting candle that sounds like it smells divine? It’s on my ever growing list of bookish candles that I want!
The Winner's Curse was one of my favorite reads of last year and its sequel follows that same trend. It doesn't fall into the second book funk that so many other trilogies do. Although there isn't a huge revolution like in the first book, much of the plot is political intrigue and misunderstandings. Kestrel has to navigate the shark invested waters of the Valorian capital. She can never be herself or let her true feelings known, so she's constantly assessing how best to lie in each situation. With both the war in the East and the situation in Herran, Kestrel has to suggest ways to minimize harm without seeming too sympathetic towards the enemy cause. The emperor has taken her under his wing in the worst way possible. His goal is to make her as callous and cruel as possible to follow in his footsteps since he's labeled his sympathetic son as a lost cause. Kestrel can be his true heir if she follows his guidance. Understandably horrified, she struggles to seem like a true protege so she can do some real good as ruler when she and his son take over. However, this training includes witnessing torture and enduring countless mind games that wear on her psychologically. I felt for her each step of the way. I didn't always agree with her decisions, but I understood where she was coming from, even through all of the deceptions and lies. Juggling so many expectations and deceptions wears on a person.
The story also follows Arin and his struggle to save his country. The freedom of Herran is a sham since the emperor demands more money and resources than they can afford to give. Arin is still expected to be part of Valorian society even though it's painfully obvious how separate he is from them. He's mocked, looked down upon, and treated like dirt. After Kestrel convinces him she is a heartless opportunist and the emperor attempts to murder him, Arin recklessly decides to go to the East to secure an alliance against Valoria. His story is so heartbreaking because there's truly no hope for his people without outside help. He's powerless in the face of the empire and his people starve and become sick with every passing day. His exploits in Dacran expand the world and allow the reader an unbiased look at this different culture as well as bring back an interesting character from the first book. Arin spends most of the novel angry or frustrated and I also felt for him. I was impressed by his ideas even if the implementation may have been a little rough. It's just part of who he is. He isn't built for intrigue or deception and it's one of his endearing qualities.
The Winner's Crime puts Arin and Kestrel through hell and keeps them mostly apart. Their scenes together were excruciating because they could never be truly honest with one another. It's cliche to have a couple misunderstand and misinterpret things badly, but there's a real reason for it here. The ending is a huge cliffhanger, so wait for the next one if you don't want to sped months wondering what will happen like me. The book moves slower than the last and a lot of the conflict is less obvious, but it's no less exciting or well written. Marie Rutkoski's skilled writing creates vivid images, taps into emotions, and kept me reading for hours on end. I'm counting the days until the conclusion.