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 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.
©2013 Marie Rutkoski (P)2014 Listening Library
The world. It's very descriptive and unique, I loved learning about the different customs.
Least? The narration and the characters.
I didn't HAVE one. The two main characters were hypocrites.
Honestly, I probably would have enjoyed the book more, had I read it vs listenin to the audio.
I couldn't speak more highly of this story but sadly the narration is absolutely horrible.
This was another series where the first book was OK, but I was glad I stuck with it through the end of the trilogy. The last book was the best.
Yes, the narrator is a bit annoying. I've heard her in a few other books, so was used to her.
This is a creative and intelligent story. I think it was well worth the credit and I am looking forward to the second book. Justine Eyre has a strange intonation to the voices; breathy with a weird uptake at the end of sentences. I could not stand it initially but grew used to it. There was definitive differentiation between character's voices though despite the strange speech pattern. It helps to keep the characters straight. Marie Rutkoski's characters are interesting and engaging. The story-line is not something I've read before so it is not predictable or boring.
I don't give 5 star reviews often. This book is great. The characters are textured, the heroine is intelligent, emotional and brave. I think that the discussion about slavery could have been developed more fully but was handled well. I bought the sequel before I finished the first book, so I'm committed!
The narrator was absolutely horrible. Finishing this book was a testament to how great the story is. I will never listen to another book the narrator narrates.
I'm a midwestern girl that loves to travel, spend time with family and read a good book!
I greatly enjoyed being swept away into the world this book creates. It's not deep but there are many angles and twists that keep you hooked.
I love to be carried away into something happy and fantastical.
This story could be bigger. It's got a lot of core elements that I like, but its almost like the plot is bigger than what's described. It keeps one from sinking in to the story completely because we are skimming the surface of the elements. The narrator had great voices for the parts, but her general narrator voice made me crazy! It sounded repressed and gravelly like she was trying to be cool. And she put such emphasis on the end of words, that often times a vowel was added. Instead of "drum" it was "drum-ma". Etc. Made me crazy!! Not a total waste of time, but not stellar either.
Interesting, compelling, new
I like the strong heroine. The plot is a change from a lot of the current YA but is still fast-paced and compelling. Very enjoyable and I can't wait for the next one.
Justin Eyre is a great narrator and when looking for new books, if I am unsure whether to try it or not, I will definitely pick it up if I see her narrating.
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