Review: The Winner’s Curse

Posted February 11, 2015 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Review: The Winner’s CurseThe Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #1
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (2014)
Hardcover (355 pages)
Also by this author: The Winner's Crime, The Winner's Kiss
Also in this series: The Winner's Crime, The Winner's Kiss
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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.

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I devoured this book. Literally. And I loved it.

First there is a deliciously gorgeous cover. (Yes, at times I shamelessly judge books by their covers.) The hardcover book is beautiful.

Then there is Kestral. I love her name. It is a unique name for a character that doesn’t sound like someone just mashed some letters together. She is a girl who knows what she wants (not to join the military, play piano) and has a great mind for strategizing.

I’m not exactly sure what I was even expecting in this book. It kept twisting and turning. And it kept me very interested.

The way the Herran Peninsula is described reminds me of India: mainly surrounded by water with a mountain range separating it from the rest of the continent. I love India, therefore, just thinking of this made me love the book even more.

My copy of The Winner’s Curse is a beautiful hardcover. I love the title page and the page edgings.

The Winner's Curse Title Page

The Winner's Curse

So, yes, I recommend this book. I wish I didn’t have to wait for The Winner’s Crime.

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