{Book Recommendation} The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

February 20, 2014 Recommendations 12


Summary: 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.

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Historical Fiction


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About the Author:

Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders and The Celestial Globe. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors. Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Iowa, where she took Writers’ Workshop classes and studied with Pulitzer Prize-winner James Alant McPherson. After graduating, she lived in Moscow and Prague. Upon receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she held dual appointments as a lecturer there in both English and American Literature and Language, and History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and cat.

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  • This sounds quite interesting. I added it to my wish list.

  • I can’t wait for this book to be released. I pre-ordered it ages ago!

  • Oh, this one’s going to come out soon. I will check this out when it does. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • AH. THIS BOOK. I dual reviewed it with Asma and gah, I love it sosososo much. And I’ve pre-ordered it already. Wheeeee!

    • I want to preorder it so badly! Just waiting for my next pay check, lol. I’m glad you loved it :))

  • YES I am reading endless 5 star reviews on this novel and I just love the premise, the cover and the storytelling! I need to pick this one up.

  • SO many wonderful things are being said about this novel so I’m just crossing my fingers AND toes that an Aussie publisher will pick it up.

    Joy @ Thoughts By J

    • I’m hoping an Aussie publisher will pick it up, too! 🙂 Hope you get a chance to read it!

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    I’ve seen so many positive reviews of this one I am so tempted to just preorder it but I shall be patient 😉
    Probably. xD

    • I’m just waiting for my next paycheck to preorder it, so… xD

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