By: Marie Rutkoski
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Recently engaged to the crown prince of Valoria, Kestrel now has to battle her conflicted feelings about Arin while playing devious games with the cunning emperor, who is trying to eliminate the Herrani race.
The Winner’s Crime is an engaging installment in a young adult fantasy trilogy. The book is part breathtaking romance, part nerve-racking political intrigue. The relationship between Kestrel and Arin is also more intense.
• One use of d*mned
• Mention of homosexuality and a homosexual couple
• Some sensual touches and neck kisses
• References to unfaithful husbands
• Violence (a torture scene where the skin on a man’s fingers is peeled off, mentions of suicides [people stab themselves with a dagger and scissors, and a character plunges his open wounds into a waste bucket], murder, reference to someone dying from a disease, a city’s water is poisoned so the people get sick, a man’s face is cut in an ambush, medical scenes, a fistfight, kidnapping, a fight with a tiger, recounting a legend where a woman stabs her husband’s throat with knitting needles, flashback to someone’s ears and nose getting cut off)
• Drunk sailors throwing up
• Smoking tobacco
More Winner’s Trilogy reviews:
• Book 1: The Winner’s Curse