“He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.”
The Winner’s Curse is the first book in The Winner’s Curse Triology by Marie Rutkoski.
Kestrel is a general’s daughter in a empire that revels in war. Kestrel is given two choices: join the military or get married. If she has her way neither of those will come to pass.
When Kestrel comes across a young slave up for auction she acts on instinct and buys him. One thing leads to another and soon she has to hide her growing attraction to the slave, Arin.
With everyone harbouring secrets, Kestrel and Arin must tread carefully because the stakes are higher than anyone could have imagined.
“The snow fell on her, it fell on him, but Kestrel knew that no single flake could ever touch them both. She didn’t look back when he spoke again. “You don’t, Kestrel, even though the god of lies loves you.”
This book was a fantastic start to the series. The brewing relationship and dynamic between Kestrel and Arin had me hooked from the beginning. The world building was pretty good and the politics and intrigue kept the plot rolling.
“When she saw the opportunity to flee, she would take it. She would bring the hounds of the empire howling down on this city.”
This is a good read for someone looking for a book with some romance but other interesting aspects too. Give it a go!
Thanks for reading!