The Winner’s Curse and Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Published : 2014 & 2015
Version Read : Paperback
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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.
I read the first two books in the series and cannot wait until the next one arrives in my mailbox. No book has caused this much angst in me in a very very long time. There wasn’t much I found fault in this series so far.
The thing that I can appreciate the most is there wasn’t any insta-love going on here. Sure Kestrel bought Arin because he was good-looking and seemed to defy those around him, but that didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. I really enjoyed reading about their growing attraction to each other and watching the love develop between them.
This book was a really nice break from all the fantasy I’ve been reading. Marie made the “normal” world seem interesting and unique. It’s a place that I would love to live, on either side of the fight, they both have qualities good and bad.
For the second book, I actually yearned for them to just get it over with and when it seemed like it was going to happen I wanted to throw the book across the room when Arin left the room with the piano. I think I scared my roommate with my yelling through these books.
The ending of the second book had me reaching for my computer to order the next one. I HAVE to know how it ends and if they have a “happy” ending. I was very impressed with this series and I would recommend it to everyone.