Author: Marie Rutkoski
|Book Rating: 3/5|
|Bottom Line: Off the Mark, but Still an Interesting Read.|
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.(
This story is filled with characters that were intriguing, and I do wish I really hated the bad guys even more, but they weren’t vile enough for me to care much about one way or the other. All in all the book was just off the mark of greatness for all of the plot points and story lines, but just by a smidgen. It left me wanting more within this storyline, but I don’t know that I will risk being disappointed with further books in the trilogy.
Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review