War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He's finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can't quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people - and certainly more than she cared for him. At least that's what he thinks.
But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself?
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?
This is an enjoyable series with some good twists and turns, however it feels very stretched to make it three books. This final book has a satisfying conclusion, but things feel very dragged out with endless discussion of battles, walking to battles, waiting for battles etc. If you've read the first two, you'll probably get through this just to know the end of the story which has some good moments, but it's pretty tedious in other places.
With how the 2nd Book ended, I had serious doubts that Marie Rutkoski could deliver a satisfying end to the Winner's Trilogy.
But I'm glad to be wrong! Fans of the first two books should read this if only to see how the story ends. People who especially love the 1st book would (in my opinion) probably love this book for all the callbacks to The Winner's Curse.
Kestrel being kickass with her mind for strategy. Arin being badass for his leadership and knack for physical combat. Kestrel and Arin getting back together. These are some of the things one can expect from the book
As for the ending, I think the author did a great job in wrapping up the series.
So anyone who has read Books 1 & 2, I think you have every reason to finish the series!