Author: Marie Rutkoski
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. Kestrel has other ideas.
One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in Arin, a young slave up for auction. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him – and for a sensational price that sets the society gossips talking. 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 him is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
The first novel in a stunning new trilogy, The Winner’s Curse is a story of romance, rumours and rebellion, where dirty secrets and careless alliances can be deadly – and everything is at stake.
My thoughts: When I first looked at the cover of this book I was not drawn to it, I thought it might be something like glitterature and I was not in the mood for it. I was VERY wrong.
After seeing several good reviews and people gushing over it on booktube I decided to give it a try…and I was hooked. As the fist book in the trilogy the pacing begins a bit slower, we are introduced to the characters, to the world, the main characters meet and their relationship begins to grow. The slower pace at the beginning however does not make the book boring, far from it, and the pace quickly picks up as the plot advances.
The writing is engaging, with beautiful descriptions that just pull you in and good world building.
The characters are well developed and multi layered. I particularly like the female lead, she is strong, independent and very intelligent.
If you like YA fantasy you should definitely pick this one up, it’s a fantastic book and I can’t wait for the third book to come out.