Â 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 generalâ€™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. Arinâ€™s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys himâ€”with unexpected consequences. Itâ€™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.
Favourite Character/s: Javelin – yep, the horse.
Favourite Pairing/s: None :(
Favourite Cover: The Winner’s Curse
Favourite Book: The Winner’s Kiss
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.
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.