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The Winner's Curse: Winner's Trilogy, Book 1 | [Marie Rutkoski]

The Winner's Curse: Winner's Trilogy, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Lynn Tucson, AZ, United States 05-02-14
    Lynn Tucson, AZ, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2011

    EOD wife and loving mother!!!

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    This book had some potential but the ending was pretty lame. It seemed suddenly rushed. I hoped for more.

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    Tonyalee Georgia 07-05-14
    Tonyalee Georgia 07-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you like best about The Winner's Curse? What did you like least?

    The world. It's very descriptive and unique, I loved learning about the different customs.

    Least? The narration and the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't HAVE one. The two main characters were hypocrites.


    Was The Winner's Curse worth the listening time?

    Honestly, I probably would have enjoyed the book more, had I read it vs listenin to the audio.


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    Megan South Elgin, IL, United States 05-16-14
    Megan South Elgin, IL, United States 05-16-14 Member Since 2010
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    If you could sum up The Winner's Curse in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, compelling, new


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Justine Eyre – was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


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