by Marie Rutkoski
On Sale March 29th, 2016
War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
At least, that’s what he thinks.
In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.
But no one gets what they want just by wishing.
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?
Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders and The Celestial Globe. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors. Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Iowa, where she took Writers’ Workshop classes and studied with Pulitzer Prize-winner James Alan McPherson. After graduating, she lived in Moscow and Prague. Upon receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she held dual appointments as a lecturer there in both English and American Literature and Language, and History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and cat.
This was very hard for me to choose from because I have many favorite kiss moments like Pride & Prejudice is one of my favorites, The Kiss of Deception and much much more!
What book is your favorite literary kiss in?
My favorite kiss would be in Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout (I just love all her books!
Who is kissing?
Aiden and Alex!!
Why is it your favorite?
"Then Aiden pressed down, and I wasn't the one doing the kissing. His lips moved against mine, his fingers pressing into my skin. After only a few seconds he broke off the kiss and sprung away from me." (Half-Blood)
This is my favorite because you can see how the two characters connect just from that one kiss and you are rooting for them for the rest of the series!
Bonus Question: what kiss do you hope will occur in Marie Rutkoski's The Winner's Kiss?
I really want Arin to kiss Krestel because those two have so much tension throughout the scenes in the past two books that I just want their characters to be happy. Marie Rutkoski definitely knows how to keep us readers into suspense ! I have already read The Winner's Kiss and it did not disappoint where kisses have been involved! Thank you Marie for writing this amazing series and letting us get to know Arin and Krestel!