Series Wrap

Series Wrap: ‘The Winner’s Trilogy’, Marie Rutkoski

April 26, 2016

 Series Wrap is a mini-feature where I sum up what I loved and loathed about a particular series upon completion. The rules are simple: I must have read and reviewed ALL books in said series and the series must be completed by the author. These posts are seperate from reviews.


About The Winner’s Trilogy

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.


Quick Picks

Favourite Character/s: Javelin – yep, the horse.
Favourite Pairing/s: None :(
Favourite Cover: The Winner’s Curse
Favourite Book: The Winner’s Kiss

Summing Up

Why I liked this series

To be honest, I DIDN’T like this series remotely until the final book. Though I never ‘loved it’, at least the finale was thrilling and readable. I’d say the best aspect of this series was Marie Rutkoski’s battle scenes. They were actually really suspenseful and I was so happy to finally be thrilled by The Winner’s Trilogy.

Another good aspect of this series is the writing. Although I never particularly liked any of the characters or the relationships, Marie Rutkoski has a nice style of writing that I would be willing to try again in a future series.

Why I disliked this series

Sadly, I never really liked anyone. I never got that connection to Kestrel or Arin, nor did I particularly enjoy their romance. Kestrel was just ‘meh’ in terms of interesting female leads and Arin was a moody, ungrateful little *shakes fist*.

As for the plot itself, I found it and the pacing really slow and uninteresting. I really struggled to get through this series and was disappointed 90% of the time.

In Conclusion

Would I read this series again? Sadly not. I really struggled with books one and two.
Would I recommend this series? Not from my personal experience, but I am in the minority.
This series in one word: Detached.

Individual Reviews

The Winner’s CurseThe Winner’s CrimeThe Winner’s Kiss

Did you read The Winner’s Trilogy?
What do you think is up next for Marie Rutkoski?


  • Reply Ksenia @ Something Delicate April 30, 2016 at 7:54 am

    I haven’t read this series yet, but I plan to start it soon. Sorry to hear you didn’t love this series, Brittany.
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  • Reply Kynndra-jo @ Diva Booknerd April 27, 2016 at 11:54 am

    I’ve only read the first book, but that was awhile back. I do recall I enjoyed it though! I’ll have to get around to reading the last two when I can. Sorry to hear they were dissapointing for you though! I did laugh at the fact that the horse was your favorite though :’D

  • Reply Zoe @ Stories on Stage April 27, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Aww…this is one of my favorite series, so I’m sad to hear you didn’t like it as much as I did. :( But I can completely see where you’re coming from: if you can’t connect with a book emotionally, it’s hard to enjoy it. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts though and, as always, fabulous series wrap-up! ♥
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