Author: Marie Rutkoski
Goodreads Synopsis: 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
Rating: ***** (5 stars)
Review: Okay, I admit I bought this book for its cover but to be honest I liked the story better than the cover.
This book had an amazing and interesting premise that made for a fabulous book. I really liked both the main characters, Kestrel and Arin. Kestrel is a Valorian (ruling class) who is a very independent and strong willed girl. I really enjoyed reading about her and respected her as a female character. Arin (yes please), is a slave to Kestrel and he has a really interesting story.
While reading this book I got an ancient Rome vibe that was awesome! I love ancient Rome. Anyway, I really liked the world in the story but I wish there was a bit more, but I figure that there will be more in the following books. I would also like to know more of the history of the world.
Overall, this was a very good book and I recommend it to fantasy and/or historical fiction fans.
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