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.
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.