The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Published: March 4, 2014
The Winner’s Curse is a story about a girl named Kestrel and she is the general’s daughter. She ends up buying a slave named Arin, which leads to events happening.
I absolutely flew through this book…I started around 9 at night, and I finished it around 10 pm the next night. An absolutely fantastic read, it’s super fast paced, leaves you wanting to dive into the next book which I currently am!
I like the characters, the plot line, the world, the writing, everything! Arin made me swoon, Kestrel had such tenacity, was super witty, and very very smart. I loved hearing her mind, the way she thinks is so different.
Let me tell you, the ending was just…not what I expected but in such an amazing way. I loved the direction it turned, and I am so anxious to see the development of all the different events, the development of the characters, and the way everything pans out! The setting is so cool, with both elements of history, and fantasy. I felt like I was in an older time period because of the carriages, balls, the society is not technologically advanced, and duels. There was not much world building, but the world building that happened, really was great.
I really appreciated that Kestrel showed her strength not in her fighting skills, but with her mind. She was very cunning and sharp, and it really was great seeing someone who was strong in such a different way than usual. She also was great to look up to, in the fact that she knew what her limitations were, but she didn’t let them stop her and stopped at nothing to get to her goal. She used different ways to reach her goal, rather than use violence.
Arin is a great character as well, I loved reading his parts, because you see his struggle, and you really learn to understand his choices. I can’t wait to see how his story goes in the series. He’s very cold at first, and then opens up more as you read on, and I loved what I learned and read about him.
It is also now one of my all time favorite books. One of the many books on that list. But still. Highly highly recommend!
Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and your thoughts!