THE WINNER’S CURSE (The Winner’s Curse #1) by Marie Rutkoski
368 pages, hardcover
Available March 4, 2014
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love
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.
First Date: Ooh, Arin is so closed off and pissed at the world. Of course, this is completely understandable, considering he’s a slave who’s just been purchased by the spoiled daughter of the general who helped conquer his country. At least she was forced to pay too much for him, may The Winner’s Curse fall hard upon her head. And what does she do after she buys him and drags him home? Ignores him. Not actually a bad deal for him, considering, though he does eventually get placed in the blacksmith’s forge. Also not a bad deal, considering… *rubs hands together, cackles and refuses to give away more of the plot for fear of spoilage*
Second Date: Kestrel is growing on Arin, despite him holding on to his anger as hard as he can. She’s intelligent and not at all what Arin expected. She’s certainly nothing like her general father, though she does have a brilliant mind for military strategy. And she did love that nurse of hers. The connection between Kestrel and Arin is a slow burn, hatred (him) and indifference (her) evolving into caring and love, despite both of them trying to prevent it from happening. But some things are fated, inevitable.
Third Date: You know, as much as I loved this book and this world, I think I’ll leave Arin for Kestrel. He can be kind of a jackass, though much of his behavior is completely understandable, given the circumstances. I’m also hoping that there isn’t a love triangle in the making though I really don’t think there will be one. Most everything Kestrel has done is for Arin so I don’t see her falling for anyone else’s charms. Arin, on the other hand, loves Kestrel but he also loves his people and freedom…so book two will be very interesting (Can we get a release date on that one, please? Do we have to wait a whole ‘nother year?!?).
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