Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement... if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.
As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.
- This book gave me the feels. I really felt for Kestrel and Arin. What a horrible situation. The sacrifices you make for love, oh man. It was just so unfair. Plus, I really felt bad for the prince to just be stuck in the middle of the whole thing. No one was happy and no one was getting what they wanted. Everyone was lying and pretending, all of the same reasons, without realizing it.
- If there has ever been a character I want to see die in the most painful way, it is the emperor. Argh, I was so frustrated by him throughout the whole book. I just wanted to see him get his just dessert, hopefully sometime soon.
- Arin made me swoon in this book. I can imagine how Kestrel’s heart just raced and pulsed when he came to her at the ball. It would have to be so hard to avoid his advance and not want to throw in the towel just to be with him, even if it meant both of them giving up everything.
- I really wanted this one to be a movie. I could just imagine what the around Arin looked like when he went to speak with the Queen. I envisioned a whole Game of Thrones situation with Khalessi. I would have loved to get a story from the Queen’s POV too. Maybe there will be a novella.
- Sometimes Kestrel was just so immature. I know that she just turned 18, but there was a few times in the book where I felt like she was throwing a temper tantrum. I just kinda wanted to smack her and be like, look, you made these choices; you have the knowledge and intelligence, figure it out.
- I so badly wanted someone to tell the truth. I was almost screaming at my book, “Just go to tell, just tell him the truth.” Phooey – I guess it will just make me continue with the series.