The Winner's Kiss

By Marie Rutkoski

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?

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Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Winner's Curse, The Shadow Society, and the Kronos Chronicles, which includes The Cabinet of Wonders. She is a professor at Brooklyn College and lives in New York City.

See Marie on tour!

  • March 19 NYC Teen Author Festival, 42nd Street NYPL, Bartos Forum 1:10-1:40 PM Panel: “What Can YA Do About It?” A conversation about how YA literature (and other literatures) can promote social change. With Michael Buckley, Donna Freitas, IW Gregorio, Brendan Kiely, Daniel José Older, Scott Westerfeld. Full festival line-up here.
  • March 29 The Voracious Reader, Larchmont, NY
  • March 30 McNally Jackson, New York, NY
  • March 31 Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul, MN
  • April 1 Anderson’s Bookstore, Naperville, IL
  • April 6 Teen Author Reading Night, Jefferson Market Library, New York, NY, 6-7:30 PM. With Caela Carter, Selene Castrovilla, Heidi Heilig, Lee Kelly, and Eliot Schrefer.
  • April 8 Harvard Bookstore Cambridge, MA. With Kristin Cashore
  • April 14 RT Booklovers Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 10-11 AM: Crafting Glitzy Posters with Eloisa James (for booksellers and librarians) with Ilona Andrews (aka Ilona and Gordon Andrews), Damon Suede, Jill Shalvis, and Eloisa James
  • April 14 RT Booklovers Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 11:15-12:15: You’re Never Too Old for YA! with Kiera Cass, Susane Colasanti, Rachel Van Dyken, Rosamund Hodge, Andrea Cremer, Rae Carson, Gretchen McNeil, Kimberly Derting, Cecelia Ahern, Lea Nolan, Wendy Higgins, K.A. Linde, Amalie Howard , Kimberley Griffiths Little, Kresley Cole, Lucy D. Briand, Page Morgan , LH Nicole (aka Lisa Hood), Roxanna Rose, Cinda Williams Chima , Sherry Ficklin, Catherine Stine, Sophie Jordan, Brenda Drake, Jenna Malone, Aimee Salter, Mari Mancusi
  • April 16 RT Booklovers Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 2-3 pm: YA Sugar Rush Party with Fierce Reads and Swoon Reads with Kami Garcia, Cecelia Ahern, Mary Pearson, and Sandy Hall
  • April 16 RT Booklovers Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 5:00-5:45 pm: YA Match Game with Alexandra Bracken, Cindy Pon, Rae Carson, Wendy Higgins, Stacey Kade, Lea Nolan, Rachel Harris, K.A. Linde, Natalie C. Parker, Dana Elmendorf, Page Morgan, Michelle Knudsen, Sandy Hall, Mari Mancusi. Full line-up here.
  • April 23 North Texas Teen Book Festival
  • April 30-May 1 YALLWEST Book Festival
  • May 3-10 Fierce Reads Tour, with Cecelia Ahern, Harriet Reuter Hapgood, and special guests. Learn more about the Fierce Reads tour here.
  • June 12 Oblong Books, Rhinebeck, NY

The Winner's Trilogy

By Marie Rutkoski

Set in a new world, The Winner’s Trilogy tells the star-crossed romance of Kestrel and Arin. It is a story of a warmongering empire, prison camps, spies, duels, rebellion, aristocrats living in luxury, ballroom dances, wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.