Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
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?
Oh my heart! If there is one thing that Marie Rutkoski is brilliant at, is that she knows how to write emotion. I cried by chapter 11. No joke, I literally cried. I can’t think of a book that has affected me the way these three books have. I’ve never been so involved, so moved, so tense it was amazing. I can’t wait for more books my this author!
If you haven’t had a chance to read this trilogy there isn’t much I can say without spoiling it for you. Just know that I was very pleased with how the author ended this trilogy. It was whoa interesting to watch the character development between Kestrel and Arin. I got frustrated at times with Kestrel but there was no reason for me to be frustrated given the circumstances. I loved how Kestrel from the beginning of this trilogy was strong she just didn’t know how strong she was as a person. Arin was all anger and hatred in the beginning but by the end he was different. His fight for his people became slightly different, less angry. I just loved it.
The romance is one of the best things about this trilogy. It’s soooo swoon worthy and heart wrenching at the same time.
I really enjoyed getting to know some new characters, I just fell in love with Roshar and his personality and his interactions with Kestrel and Arin. He was just, the best.
Overall I was beyond pleased with how Rutkoski ended it and I thinks she is a brilliant writer.
Sexual Content: mild/moderate (knowledge that 2 characters have sex)
Violence: moderate (fighting scenes, torture scenes nothing too graphic)