Title: The Winner's Curse
Author: Marie Rutkowski
Publisher: Bloomsbury (2014)
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.The Winner's Curse it not something I would normally choose for myself, but there was something in the cover and the storyline that got me excited to read it.
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.
I am so glad I did! I really enjoyed this novel, that had more of a historical flavor to it rather than fantasy.
Kestrel is a great character and a suitable role model in that she stands by her convictions. Arin is also interesting and the plot moves forward quickly, with enough going on to keep you interested.
This book is also competently written and certainly rises above the over-saturated YA marketplace. The world building is concise and I had very few questions at the end. I especially loved the different races and how their cultures were represented.
Give this a read this holiday season. You won't regret it!
I cannot wait until the sequel is out!