Winning what you want may cost you everything you love...
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’m not even sure where to start with this one…
I have heard from other readers that the beginning of this story is rather slow and that it does take awhile for things to get going so I guess I kept telling that to myself while reading this book.
The beginning is simple. A general’s daughter who wants for nothing in life ends up buying a slave at the market. She then doesn’t even know what to do with this new teenage boy that she brought home so she avoids him and goes back to living her life of parties and beautiful dresses. We only know that the girl doesn’t want to do either of the things her father wants from her which is to either marry or to join the military. We learn she doesn’t have the weapon skills required to join so she doesn’t want to do that and she doesn’t want to marry her one clear male suitor. So basically she doesn’t want to do anything with her life. She is suppose to be good at military strategy but that doesn’t really show well in this novel at all.
Apart from her we meet the slave boy who is only slightly more interesting as you can tell he is up to something. Pretty easy to tell what he is up to all along and so the ending where he actually does something isn’t really that exciting.
Am I boring you yet!?
I was completely bored with this book from start to finish. The characters are flat on the page and NOTHING happens this whole novel. Everything is mundane and slow and nothing exciting or unseen from the beginning occurs. Not to mention the fact that the writing is strange and shifts focus a bit too much in the middle of a scene. The ending of this book was only slightly more interesting than the rest of the novel and that wasn’t saying much after you trek through 300 pages to get there. Honestly I usually never even finish books that I know will not at least get a 3 star rating from me. What is the point in wasting time if not to get at least a 3 or better. I guess I just had such high hopes for this novel that I kept telling myself it would get better. It never got better and so for that I give up on this book and this series as a whole.