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The Winner's Curse
by Marie Rutkoski


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780374384678
  • ISBN-10: 0374384673
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Publish Date: March 2014
  • Page Count: 355
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-18

Series: Winner's Trilogy #1

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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Love & Romance
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-01-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

Fans of Rutkoski’s Kronos Chronicles will devour this spellbinding first book in a trilogy about a pair of star-crossed lovers in a society marred by class warfare. When 17-year-old Kestrel, daughter of an esteemed Valorian general, pays too steep a price for a Herrani slave at auction, the audacious maneuver reveals more than just a lapse in judgment. What Kestrel doesn’t know is that Arin is really a spy for Herrani rebels plotting to overthrow the Valorian empire. On equally deceptive footing, Arin manipulates Kestrel’s trust to mine her for military secrets while Kestrel uses Arin to deflect attention from unwanted suitors. As their relationship unwittingly evolves from master and servant into one of guarded mutual respect (and blush-worthy sexual tension), the two are torn between loyalty to their peoples and traditions and a love that can never be realized. Like any epic page-turner worth its salt, Rutkoski’s richly imagined world is full of dynamic repartee, gruesome battle scenes, and shifting alliances. A high-stakes cliffhanger will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next book. Ages 12–up. Agent: Charlotte Sheedy, Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. (Mar.)

 
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