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.
Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
Rating 5/5 Stars
Cover As you can see I own the ebook. I like the illustration on its own, but to be honest everything together is a little hard on my eyes. Because you have the woman and then the title over it. Where to focus? And – that’s the worst part of it – the title is not written in the same height (I checked it because I wasn’t sure if maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me). Argh!
Review I read it in one day. I think that says everything? But let’s be serious.
Strong female character? Check. Likeable too. Different approach than most of the time because here we have a female who should fight but doesn’t really want to and has other strenghts for which she is not mocked.
No Insta-Love? Check. I rooted for them and that is not a given thing with me. Believe me.
Likeable side characters? Check.
It was a light, enjoyable read. No boring beginning and toward the end there were quiet a few plot twists I didn’t see coming. And those I saw coming were done in a way that me go “oh no…”.