The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski ~ Review by Fallon
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.
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.
4 out 5 Stars
I loved Kestrel's character. Her struggles seem so believable. The struggles of Kestrel wanting to be strong, fair, honest, loved, smart, loyal even when she wasn't sure who to be loyal too. Kestrel is the kind of girl who is a spitfire but still feminine and soft around the edges. She loves music and plays the piano even though her father disapproves and feels it is beneath her. Kestrel is a smart strategist who loves playing at games and winning. She has a very competitive streak. Kestrel's father wants her to be part of his army and has given her a deadline. Either join the army or marry.
Adin is a slave. Kestrel bought him at the market cause the auctioneer stated Adin was a Blacksmith who could sing. The musician in her was drawn to Adin. Kestrel bought him cause her father needed a blacksmith . I liked Adin but there were a couple moments in the book I wish he was tougher. Adin is torn over the war he witnessed as a child. Torn over the death of his parents but also the growing feelings he is developing for Kestrel.
Jess is Kastrel's best-friend and does not approve of her friendships with her slaves. Jess's brother Ronan has been in love with Kestrel for forever. This book was different from a lot of the other books I have read. I really liked this story and felt it was a good build for the second book. There is a cliffhanger ending and I can not wait to get my hands on the next book. I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. Pick this up March 4th!