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.
Sunday, 19 January 2014
I got a publicity email about this YA novel coming out in March. Alas, my reading schedule's tight right now, so I couldn't accept the review request, but the book does sound interesting. According to the publicist, "it’s about an expansionist civilization which has just conquered a new country and is having to deal with the acclimatization process. The main character is a girl from the imperialist country who is now living in that new country, in a house built by the conquered people, while they remain there as their slaves".
The Book's official dust jacket summarizes it this way: