Review – The Winner’s Cruse by Marie Rutkoski


April 16, 2017 by ceresbooksworld


The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Book one in The Winner’s Trilogy

Publisher: Square Fish

Publication date: March 3rd, 2015

Source: Paperback send by the publisher

Rating: 5 hearts




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 got this book because of Olivia @ The Candid Cover and I love it so Thank you Olivia.

Kestrel is an independent girl, her father is a general in the Emperor’s army and she lives well. She doesn’t know how to fight very well but she can if the need arise. She loves playing Piano, she is good at it, and sadly not everyone see her passion well because it’s a slave duty, to play piano. Kestrel bought Arin at a slave auction and she will begin to fall for him. She is very smart, she knows a lot of things and even if she doesn’t want to fight, she knows how to plan a battle. I like Kestrel, I like how her minds work and she thinks she is strong but a thing I like is that she knows when she can’t fight with weapon and use her brain instead.

Arin is very smart boy, he has a secret, I don’t really know how Kestrel doesn’t see that because she is smart but Arin knows how to win what he wants. He is an interesting character, I understand why he fought and in the end I don’t know what to think.

Kestrel and Arin are attracted by each other, it’s nice and easy to see them together, and they learn a lot of things about each other. The end is absolutely awful and I’m impatient to read The Winner’s Crime and know what happen. The book will be in my hand by the end of the week.

I like the story, the slave and master subject is interesting and the plot is good. I’m impatient to read more about the Emperor and to know what will happen to Arin and Kestrel.

Marie Rutkoski write an epic story with amazing character, her style is fluid and full of action, the character’s feelings are well described and feels so real.

Quick word: A great first book to the trilogy.

About the author

Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children’s fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of WondersThe Celestial Globe and The Jewel of the Kalderash. Her next project is a YA trilogy that begins with The Winner’s Curse, which is scheduled to be published in March 2014.

Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Harvard University. Marie is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and fiction writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.…




2 thoughts on “Review – The Winner’s Cruse by Marie Rutkoski

  1. Great review! I really liked this book when I read it. It’s my favorite of the trilogy, I just never felt like the others lived up to it.

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