Publisher: Staus and Giroux
Release Date: 4th March 2014
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
You know those books you read, the ones that are just so perfect in the time you read them and leave you struggling to find the perfect words? Yeah, THE WINNER’S CURSE is one of those so expect this review to be 99% more crap than usual because even though I finished it two weeks ago I’m still struggling to describe my feelings.
Major Selling Points:
Do you have two functional eyes? I am assuming most of you do. And if you do HOW CAN YOU RESIST THAT COVER IT’S GORGEOUS AND EVEN BETTER IN REAL LIFE. 90% of the reason I bought it was for the cover (and really good reviews).
YA High Fantasy
When I started this it was after weeks of multiple panic attacks. I needed to get away, to escape to another world and get away from the stress for a few minutes. And my god is this a brilliant fantasy. Such a unique world, developed beautifully, with such interesting history. And no magic or powers (yet!) which is really different from most of the fantasy I read.
I don’t know how to describe this books. It just… Perfection. It is a slow build up, but with pretty good character development and world building. And right in the middle it felt like the climax, and I didn’t know how it could possibly progress, and it only got better and aaaaahhhhhh. I seriously can not describe it properly. For me it was just right, everything was perfect and exactly what I needed. I got so absorbed in the story I didn’t try to guess what would happen next, I was too busy with my feelings in the now. There were a lot of feels.
I would like to trade what little of my soul is left to have some of Rutkoski’s writing ability. It’s gorgeous. Perfect for this fantasy. There are so many things I wanted to add to my quotebook, but didn’t because I couldn’t put the book down! I can’t wait to reread THE WINNER’S CURSE and experience the beautiful words all over again.
KESTREL MY BBY. She’s very different to your typical fantasy heroine. Sucks at fighting but really smart and a brilliant strategist. Kind to everyone but trapped by society (and still a little bit of a rebel with that piano XD ). Her determination is so admirable. I don’t think I’d have the strength to make half the decisions she does.
CAN I HAVE AN ARIN PLEASE? I NEED AN ARIN?? That’s all you’re going to get about him. He is perfect and amazing and too fictional for my liking.
I CAN’T WITH THIS ROMANCE THERE ARE NO WORDS I JUST *sobs forever*
- Arin x Kestral
- Kestral x Arin
- Herrani x freedom
- Kestral x strategy
- Kestral x music
- my heart x tape