Winner's Trilogy

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207 ratings

The Winner's Curse 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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  • Book 1

    • The Winner's Curse

    • Winner's Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Marie Rutkoski
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 507
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 464
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 462

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Winning Story

    • By Wendy on 03-24-16

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Winner's Curse

    • By: Marie Rutkoski
    • Narrated by: Kate Rawson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    They were never meant to be together. As a general's daughter, 17-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can't help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people...but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • .

    • By Kimberley Foo on 04-17-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • The Winner's Crime

    • By: Marie Rutkoski
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 336
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 316
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 315

    A royal wedding is what most girls dream about. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin's freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself? For Kestrel is becoming very good at deception.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A mediocre continuation of the first book.

    • By Elizabeth K Poppe on 08-02-15

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Winner's Crime

    • By: Marie Rutkoski
    • Narrated by: Kate Rawson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    A royal wedding is what most girls dream about. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin's freedom.

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • The Winner's Kiss

    • By: Marie Rutkoski
    • Narrated by: Kate Rawson
    • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He's finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can't quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people - and certainly more than she cared for him. At least that's what he thinks.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Must-Read Conclusion to an AWESOME SERIES

    • By Natalie C on 03-26-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Winner's Kiss

    • By: Marie Rutkoski
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 323
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 324

    War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He's finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can't quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people - and certainly more than she cared for him. At least that's what he thinks.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The good overwhelmingly outweighs the bad.

    • By Jen on 07-01-16

    Regular price: $38.50