The Winner's Kiss

The Winner's Kiss Cover

The Winner's Kiss

By Marie Rutkoski

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr), Hardcover, 9780374384739, 496pp.

Publication Date: March 29, 2016

Description

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?



About the Author
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.