the winner’s curse review

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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.


So we have seventeen years old Kestrel, the general’s daughter, who’s pressured on enlisting in his father’s army. Before you think further, you need to know that that’s just the way it goes there. Enlisting or marring. Since she’s more a thinker than a fighter, she wants nothing to do with it. Except, she makes a bargain with his father which basically gives her six months before deciding either enlisting or marrying a Valorian. So the society is composed of the Valorians, and the Herrani which are principally slaves.
Kestrel impulsively buys a slave, a trained as a blacksmith one to be precise. After her purchase, Kestrel tries to forget about him, but she can’t.
Unbeknownst to Kestrel, Arin has his own secrets and plans, and which might cost Kestrel’s life.
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