Marie Rutkoski

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The Winner's Crime

book | Fiction | 2015
UK → Bloomsbury Publishing
US → Macmillan

Lady Kestrel's engagement to Valoria's crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust...

While Arin fights to keep his country's freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.

Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner's trilogy.


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Marie Rutkoski has captivated me with her world of mind games, power struggles, and espionage, and left me positively desperate to see how Kestrel and Arin's story will play out.

Marissa Meyer
New York Times Bestselling Author of The Lunar Chronicles Series

The cliffhanger ending of this second installment guarantees an anxious audience for the arrival of the third book. 

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Rutkoski's well-written prose is sumptuous...The shocking ending will leave readers hungry for the sequel.


Enthralling, agonizing and incandescent.

Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

It left me breathless and craving more--I don't know how I will be able to wait for the final book. A truly unforgettable read! 

Robin LaFevers
New York Times bestselling author of Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph

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