Friday, 11 April 2014

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

Sponsored post:  received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and Netgalley.
The Winner's Curse (Winner's Trilogy, #1)Blurb (from Goodreads):
Kestrel lives the lavish lifestyle of a Valorian General’s only daughter, and such riches come at a cost for Valoria’s captives – and for her. As the Herrani face death or slavery, Kestrel’s destiny is shaped by her father. He gives her two choices: join his army or get married. Desperate to realise her own future and knowing that it will invite scandal, she pays a small fortune for a handsome Herrani blacksmith at a slave auction. Arin not only plays Kestrel’s power games, he understands what she needs and soon she is torn between loyalty to her people and her feelings for him. But Arin is not all he seems and Kestrel will learn that the price she paid for him is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

The first novel in a stunning new trilogy, The Winner’s Curse is a story of romance, rumours and rebellion, where dirty secrets and careless alliances can be deadly – and everything is at stake.

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

The Winner's Curse (Winner's Trilogy, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Kestrel is the daughter of a distinguished General, in a world where her father’s empire has taken over and enslaved another. When Kestrel buys a slave at an auction, she doesn’t realise quite what she has done until it is too late.
Who is the slave? And why is he plotting against Kestrel?

This was an okay story, but it dragged in places.

Kestrel was an interesting character, and I liked her intelligence. I liked how her strengths were in planning and knowledge rather than fighting, and I loved how she found clever ways to turn a situation to her advantage.

The storyline had a lot of peaks and troughs; some parts were really good, whilst other bits were boring. I did like the little twists we got here and there, and I liked the concept of ‘the winner’s curse’, and how that was tied in to the story. Unfortunately though the slow bits ruined this book for me.
There was some romance, but it was both obvious and sudden, and I didn’t really like it. To go from nothing to love with a snap of the fingers was a little strange, and I didn’t see how they had suddenly decided they loved each other.
The ending was quite good, but it felt like it was a long time coming. Without the slow parts this book could have been amazing, but with them it was only okay. Quite disappointing really.
Overall; okay story, but had its slow moments.
6.5 out of 10.


  1. I am still very excited for this book.

  2. Really enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would. It was different and had a surprising ending. I am looking forward to the next installment.