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 am in love with the cover of the book. Although it would appeal more to the female audience, whoever designed it knew what s/he was doing. (Disappointed that the character never wore that kind of dress in the book though.)
This book was a big hit last year (and miss for some people), so I was always wary of it. I started watching booktubers (people who talk about books on Youtube) and seeing good reviews of it just kind of swayed me. (I don’t know, looking at a person reviewing just gives different vibes than reading it.)