Thursday, 4 February 2021

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski


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. 

Ok so I know we shouldnt judge a book by its cover but something about this cover has kept this book sat on my shelf for months but I really was missing out. Marie Rutkoski clearly knows how to write a book that keeps the reader engrossed. 

I liked Kestrel who is the Generals daughter destined to either join the army or get married. There was a lot more to Kestrel than we first were told and I like that this information was given to us slowly and when it made sense to the story. I enjoyed that Kestrel wasn't like a lot of YA heroines we read about who are needy and complain all the time, she can hold her own. The same goes for Arin who is a little bit of a mystery at the beginning of the book and I still feel like we dont know everything at the end. 

I really wish we had spent some more time with Ronan and Jess the time we did spend with them was interesting and personally I quite liked the Kestrel and Ronan pairing that was hinted at until Kestrel met Arin.

I like that the story allowed Kestrel to be both the dress wearing princess type and also train and have the ability to fight it means that Kestrel is strong and confident without needing anyone there to protect her. 

I wasnt 100% convinced with the relationship between Kestrel and Arin in the beginning and tbh I am not sure I am convinced on it now but it was interesting to watch their relationship change as the their environment did. 

I have the second book in the series and I am interested to get into it the end of this book was picking up speed so hopefully the next book doesn't disappoint 

Thanks For Reading 


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