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The Winner's Crime

The Winner's Trilogy #2

by Marie Rutkoski

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Following your heart can be a crime

A royal wedding is what most girls dream about. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin's freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself? For Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. She's working as a spy in the court. If caught, she'll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet she can't help searching for a way to change her ruthless world ... and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret.

This dazzling follow-up to The Winner's Curse reveals the high price of dangerous lies and untrustworthy alliances. The truth will come out, and when it does, Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

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"The ending finds the protagonists again divided and facing life-threatening dilemmas, each thinking of the other. The last sentence resonates so strongly that it might just be enough to sustain fans until the first line of the final volume." - School Library Journal

"Starred Review. Enthralling, agonizing and incandescent. Ages 12 & up - Kirkus Reviews

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Marie Rutkoski Author Biography

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Marie Rutkoski was born March 5, 1977 in Hinsdale, Illinois. She grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois as the oldest of four children and decided early on that she was Someone Who Loved Books.

After graduating the University of Iowa with a B.A. in English with a minor in French in 1999, she lived in Moscow and Prague, and then studied Shakespeare at Harvard University where she received an English M.A. and Ph.D.

Marie is now a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance drama, children's literature, and fiction writing. New York City is her home, and she thinks there must be birds of prey living in Washington Square Park; she can see large, wheeling wings from the window where she sits and writes. Marie has two small sons who try very hard to ...

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