Book Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

This book was very captivating and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series: The Winner’s Crime!

Winner's Curse


Kestrel: Kestrel is the daughter of a wealthy ruler of a large kingdom. She loves to gamble with older men and she always beats them in cards. However, her father has always wanted her to join the military. She makes a deal with her father- at the beginning of spring, she will either enlist or marry. One day, Kestrel’s friend, Jess, drags her to a slave auction and Kestrel ends up buying a slave whose name is Arin.

Arin: Arin is a slave with a dark secret and mission that cannot be spoken of. His previous owner has sold him for his stubbornness but his new one will buy him for it.

Kestrel forgets about Arin as soon as she gets home but eventually, the two of them become friends. However, Kestrel realizes that her heart wants to be more than friends with Arin. However, Kestrel cannot marry a slave and she learns that Arin has a sweetheart.

To add to her problems, the enemy of her father is gaining power and Kestrel is worried for the safety of her people. Her dad is training her to be a military leader as well and Kestrel is scared of the responsibility that the title will bring with it.

Will she be able to handle all that is going on in her life or will she break under the pressure?


If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy)


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