The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski
The Winners Curse is essentially the story of forbidden love wrapped up in the siege for political power. The world that Marie Rutkoski has created is amazing she introduces us into a world with two groups of people, the Herrani and the Valorians. Originally in this world The Herrani ruled the empire and The Valorians were considered to be a barbaric group however ten years ago that all changed when the Valorians took control of the empire and reduced the Herriani to becoming their slaves.
The story follows Kestrel she is a Valorian and the daughter of a general, living a life of luxury surrounded by slaves at her every beck and call. She only has two choices in her life, get married or join the army none of which appeal to Kestrel. The story follows how her life is turned upside down when one day she accidentally buys a slave and finds herself drawn to him as more than a slave.
I really enjoyed Kestrel’s character, she was likeable and relatable and very well developed. The changes she goes through during this book are fantastic and perfectly done. While I really like Arin as the love interest, I think there is still so much to discover about him and I feel like as this series continues he will only become a stronger character.
I loved how the romance played out there is no love at first sight, no insta love, no sickening declarations of love after knowing each other for five minutes and the characters had no problem being apart from each other. Everything builds between the characters naturally, they get to know each other slowly and the relationship grows over the curse of the story making it feel real and relatable.
The pacing of the story is fantastic, I loved how the story developed slowly with the world becoming clearer over the curse of the story. However the world building could have been a little stronger however I have faith that as the series goes on the complexity of the world will shine through.
One of the strongest aspects of this book is the writing style, the poetic way the author tells this story can only be described as mesmerising and beautiful.
Overall this book was a pleasant surprise and I actually fell in love with the story and the world something I wasn’t expecting. I can not wait to get my hands on book two.
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Miss Quinny Rating (5 / 5)
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