Where do I start with The Winner's Curse, ladies and gents?
In a nutshell: the prose is lovely despite the plot being a bit too naive f..Show More »or the age group. It feels like middle grade. Any sort of controversial, overly sexual or extremely violent topics are hushed out, so it always feels like the overall picture is muted. You won't see brightness of Katsa or Celaena or even quiet dignity of Avry from Maria V. Snyder's books, but then you get passages like that:
“The snow fell on her, it fell on him, but Kestrel knew that no single flake could ever touch them both. She didn’t look back when he spoke again. “You don’t, Kestrel, even though the god of lies loves you.”
and they strike you and stay with you for awhile.
After reading many other books in the same genre I'd say that The Winner's Curse is a simplistic fantasy romance for young readers. It's clean, so it will probably work for MG readers as well, but it doesn't have enough scope for a good fantasy (Kristin Cashore for example) or complexity of characters' feelings (I'm looking at Melina Marchetta right now) to become something more striking. What works for it is the writing style itself in all its straightforward loveliness.
In the audio version of the book the narrator, Justine Eyre, has done a fab job depicting Kestrel's slippery way of thinking, and I did enjoyed listening to it. There was also an interesting preview of the next book which sounded more promising than The Winner's Curse. I'll be tempted to continue with the series based on the excerpt.
Overall, not bad, but I'm on the fence about recommending it.
Yes I would. They have creative ideas, this book just wasn't executed as well as the first book. The first book of the series, while fast moving wit..Show More »h and slightly unbelievable with the love between the hero and heroine, has a certain captivation to it. But this book drags on much slower. There needed to be development of other characters along the way, most of the book is in the heroine's head and still some of the actions don't make sense. But the ending is actually very good! And worth the wait through the rest of the book.
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..Show More » 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!
WOW. Fantastic end to the series. Talk about character development!
I have to say, Justine Eyre is not a good narrator for me. There is a wh..Show More »ine to the end of her sentences that drives me right up the wall. When I see that a book is narrated by her, I usually just pass it by or grab it in print.
However, two things redeemed this entire audiobook series for me. First, the ability to speed up the narration on an iPod. Listening at 1.5x fixed the whine problem enough to let the story take over. I was never pulled out of the story because I was distracted by the narration. Secondly, Eyre's use of accents was superb. One of my favourite things about this series is that she starts off with the main character having an accent. The story places the main character in a foreign country (to her) and the natives to the country are the ones without an accent. I love the way she turned this around from what would have usually be done. It's as if we begin with the invaders of our own country, which is exactly the way the author intended it to be.
I've done a complete video review of this series that you can find on my YouTube channel (link to that is in my profile). I highly recommend this YA series. And I'm ready to go back and listen to some of my other titles narrated by Justine Eyre - at 1.5x speed. I have a feeling I'm going to like them the second time around.