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The Winner's Curse

The Winner's Curse

Book - 2014
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An aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux 2014
New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374384678
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION Rutkoski
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 22 cm


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jcljessicaj Aug 04, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy. It has so many of my favorite things: clashes between classes, high society's glittering parties, drama and deceit, and a frustrating slow burn romance. Though I'm not usually a fan of war and battle scenes, those in this story were more focused on the narrative rather than fighting for the purpose of fighting, so I enjoyed those as well. It took me some time to get into the first book, but by the third I was so caught up in the story I couldn't wait to finish.

IndyPL_BethP Apr 08, 2020

This book is based on the conquest of Greece, by the Roman Empire, though it takes place in a fantasy realm. Kestral, a privileged young woman, lives in the occupied territory. Her father, a general, is pressing her to marry, and marry well. Feeling rebellious, Kestral purchases a slave in the market. But Arin turns out to be a member of a former high ranking family of this area. An exciting story, full of music, intrigue, romance (of a sort), and ethics makes this a very good read.

Jun 20, 2018

I personally really liked this book. I thought it was a really good read about politics, and on understanding others. I wouldn't recommend this book to those who like the mainstream romance, where everything is perfect at all times. But for those who like a doomed romance this is definitely the book.

Aug 21, 2017

It started off good. Then it got childish. I know that it is for Young Adults, however I would rate this book best for 9-12 year olds.

Apr 05, 2017

I really recommend this series! I'm even reading it for Book Club.

Feb 18, 2017

Pretty good read!

ArapahoeLesley Nov 22, 2016

A nice introduction to what promises to be a pretty good series.

Jul 28, 2016

Fantastic and well-written book. You won't be disappointed, once you pick up this book you won't be able to put it down!

Jul 04, 2016

This book was amazing! A friend suggested it to me, and I defiantly wasn't disappointed! Kestrel is a bit self centered at times, like when she orders her slaves around, but I like her overall, and the way she plays the piano is a unique part of her personality. Arin was also a cool character to read about, though I'm a bit confused about his past. Also, the point of view was a bit overwhelming for me a times, but I had no trouble understanding it. Overall, this book is really good and I defiantly would recommend it to others.

CMLibrary_jrobinson Jul 02, 2016

This is a novel of war, social status, and unexpected love. Rutkoski’s use of imagery and world-building will capture readers and leave them wanting to reach for the sequel at its conclusion.

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Jul 04, 2016

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Jul 04, 2016

Kestrel, a seventeen year old girl, and a Generals daughter, buys a slave one day, for a high price. What Kestrel doesn't know is that the slave isn't who he seems, and is about to change her life forever, as well as many others.


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