Lady Kestrel's engagement to Valoria's crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust ...While Arin fights to keep his country's freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.
My review - What a great second book in The Winner's Trilogy! I picked this up as soon as I finished the first book and I couldn't put it down.
IT BROKE MY HEART.
I actually couldn't cope after I finished it, some parts just got me and all I wanted to do was reach into these books and give these characters a big hug and tell them everything will be okay. Even though, this book broke me. I felt so sorry for these characters as messages weren't getting sent, they weren't understanding things and believing the lies.
We start off after the end of The Winner's Curse and I can't say too much as it will defiantly spoil the first book but Kestrel had to do something, something she can't tell Arin about to save him and he believes the lies and it kills Kestrel knowing this but she knows she has done the right thing...or has she?
This book is filled with lies and betrayal and what will happen once Kestrel get's found out? Will they believe the truth? Or will the worst thing happen?
What I really liked about this book is how political it was. It is not just about romance but also a place dealing with war, people trying to get their home land back and they will do whatever it takes for it.
This book is filled with drama, lies, betrayal, family relationships, friendships and so much more wrapped up in this amazing book. This was the perfect sequel to The Winner's Curse and again -
IT BROKE MY HEART!
I couldn't actually cope. I had to pick up the final book as soon as I finished this book as it was just so wonderfully heartbreaking.