The Winner's Curse
By: Marie Rutkoski
Released: March 4, 2014
Purchase the Book: Amazon
"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." (Summary from goodreads.com)
Wow The Winner's Curse was amazing! There was so much hype around this book and it certainly lived up to it.
Kestrel is the general's daughter and has the choice to either marry or join the military. She is a wonderful and complex protagonist. She is flawed, but it just made her even more realistic. I especially love that she is witty and smart.
Then there is Arin, who was another complex character. He is a slave and is purchased by Kestrel. I loved that there was so much more to Arin than what was first expected. Both of these characters were just developed so well. I also love the way the relationship developed between them. There were plenty of really great side characters as well.
The plot was exciting and filled with twists. There was a great balance of drama, action, and some romance. I couldn't put this book down for long, especially once I reached the last half. Not only was Rutkoski's writing absolutely stunning, but she also built this fascinating world. Every aspect of this book was strongly developed and complex. I loved that there were so many layers to this story and that I still can't stop thinking about it.
Overall I loved The Winner's Curse and strongly recommend picking up this book right now. You don't want to miss out on this story. I will certainly be counting down the days until the sequel is released.