The Winner’s Curse

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.

THAT IS THE WORST CLIFFHANGER EVER WHAT THE FUCK MARIE RUTKOSKI.

I mean, I knew this thing was a series but god dammit. COULD YOU NOT?!

WAY TO MAKE ME BUY THE NEXT BOOK IMMEDIATELY WHEN I HAVE A MILLION OTHER THINGS TO READ RIGHT NOW.

Also, I’m out of Google Play credits AND SO I CANNOT BUY THE NEXT BOOK IMMEDIATELY.

Guys, I’m having a crisis. This wasn’t even a 5 Book Dragon rated book. It was just a 3.5 ish…4 maybe. It was a fun book. I read it all in one day, so it’s fast-paced. I wasn’t sure how I felt about a few things–the slavery, some of the racial references, etc. I did like that the women were trained to be soldiers, before choosing war or marriage (it would be better if they had more options, but at least they weren’t completely disregarded).

So this wasn’t a book I was super emotionally invested in. It was entertaining, but fairly predictable at first. Girl meets guy from different class, father gives ultimatum, girl falls in love with guy from different class anyway, war breaks out. The rest kind of sneaks up on you.

And then the ending. HOW COULD YOU LEAVE US WITH THAT ENDING? Oh man. That is the most cliffhangery cliffhanger ending I’ve ever seen.

Gotta go, I need to do a bunch of Google Reward surveys so I can rack up some Play points as fast as possible. I’ll be reading the next book the very second I have enough.

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