Title: The Winner's Curse
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Pub Deets: March 2014, Farrar Straus Giroux (Macmillan)
Source: Borrowed from Heidi at YA Bibliophile
Series/Stand Alone: Series! (THANK GOODNESS)
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In a sentence or so: Kestrel, the general's daughter, buys a slave off of the auction block. Though they may have different agendas, Kestrel and Arin are joined together in their struggle to become more than they are.
Kestrel's father wants her to joint he military, like him. There aren't really a ton of options for a society lady like herself, so military wouldn't be all that bad in comparison to getting married off. Kestrel knows that she wouldn't be a great fit in the military, despite her razor sharp intellect and knack for strategy. She also knows that she doesn't want to just be someone's wife for the rest of her days.
Kestrel unexpectedly buys a slave off the auction block. This is totally out of character for her, and she knows it, but something about him just pulls her in. Kestrel's soft heart and quick wit allow her to get to know her slave, Arin, and even begin to think of him as a friend...maybe even more. She has no idea that Arin has secrets, and even an agenda, of his very own.
This is one of those reviews that is so hard for me to write because I just loved it SO MUCH and I just cannot find the words that express that intensity! Kestrel is kind, clever, thoughtful and brave. Arin is bold, determined, and challenging. Every single character in this book has depth and purpose. You are instantly drawn into the world that Rutkoski has created and you do not want to leave!
I don't want to give anything else from the plot or summary away from the book, because I feel like that would be a detriment to you as a reader. So come, join Kestrel and Arin and enter their world that is rich with the social struggles of a recently conquered territory. Come and experience life inside the palaces and the court intrigue and scandal. But mostly, come and feel all the feels because man, THE WINNER'S CURSE packs a serious emotional punch!
If you're looking for one of those lush historical books with deep characters, a plot that twists and turns, and a writing style that you do not want to put down - look no further than THE WINNER'S CURSE!