The Friday 56, #110: The Winner’s Kiss

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“Arin slunk forward on his belly and inched over the patchy grass. The wind shrilled in his ears. It whipped dirt into his eyes. He blinked it away, eyes streaming, and crept to the edge of the cliff. He heard soil crumble beneath his weight. It sifted down the cliffs.

Arin’s pulse thumped hard. He imagined the lip of the cliff giving way. He’d plummet fast.”

Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Trilogy is one of my favorite series of all time. Picking up this final book was truly bittersweet. The protagonist Kestrel is all kinds of amazing, she exhibits strength through intellect rather than physical skills, which is something I’d like to see more in fantasy books. Excerpt is taken from the third book, The Winner’s Kiss. You can read my full review here. Synopsis below is for the first book in the series, The Winner’s Curse (my review here)in order to avoid spoilers. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Goodreads Synopsis for The Winner’s Curse:

      “As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction.

      Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

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