Published by Farrar on March 29th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Source: Owned Audible Book
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?
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
This was the first book of the series that I listened to- which as weird because I had to adjust to how the narrator did the accents, but also cool, since I got to hear how certain names were really pronounced. It was also hard, because I desperately wanted to get to the kissing parts- I was so the opposite of this kid-
Thankfully, the discipline of listening to the audiobook kept me in line- because I would have missed some awesomeness if I had just fast forwarded to the kissing.
I’d forgotten how devastating book 2 was (my powers of self-delusion and denial are freakishly strong), and the beginning is just heartbreaking. Kestrel has been forsaken and is locked away, and Arin is dealing with the pressure of war. It’s a hopeless, helpless mess. But the title gave me hope that eventually there’d be lip lock.
I don’t want to give too much away, because the book is still in the early release days, but Rutkoski stays true to the characters and world that she’s created (honestly some of you other trilogy writing peeps should take note).
But you know who stole the show? Roshar. He’s an amazing and complex character and I loved his role in this book (And his accent was by far the coolest one done by the narrator). Maybe he should get his own spin off?
I am so ready to follow Marie Rutkowski down whatever story hole she wants to take me down. So often the last book disappoints- but the only disappointment I felt was that aching sense of loss that I’ll never have a new Kestrel and Arin book to look forward to.
I’ve listened to Justine Eyre before and liked her, but she really blew me away in this book! All those accents to deal with, and making me really believe that I was hearing Arin when she spoke (which I did!). I loved the accent she worked out for Roshar and how she delivered his lines- it was a perfect match to how I imagined him. I’m a little sad that I didn’t listen to the whole trilogy in audiobook format!