Book Review : The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy, #1) by Marie Rutkoski

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

10 stars out of 5


How do I even begin ?! It’s been a while since I’ve last read a great fantasy book and “The Winner’s Curse” is not just great,it’s actually WOW. There’s something in the way Marie Rutkoski writes.This book…I don’t even have the words to describe how beautiful it is.
My 10 stars rating goes like this : 5 stars for the story and how it’s written and the other 5 stars go to to the author for this rather ravishing and heartbreaking story.

The Winner’s Curse is the first book in “The Winner’s Trilogy” and it is about how the Herrani people had been seized by the Valorians about ten years ago. A war that never seized to end…apparently. The book concentrates not only the war aspect between the two territories but also on love,trust, betrayal and desires.

Kestrel is the daughter of the Valorian’s army general who’s a very brave, smart,stubborn and at times naive, young girl who never gives up at anything no matter the cost. Her curiosity or rather foolishness drives her to spend 50 keystones at a slave market where she “buys” the young Arin. A purchase that will lead her toward new decisions that will change everything.

Arin,whom at a first and simple glance seems to be harmless,has his own dark secrets well hidden inside him. But once he’s in Kestrel’s hands, the secrets he has, will be find out by his new mistress. And along with them, Kestrel will lose her trust in him and see him for who he really is.

About Cristina

I started this blog for quite a few reasons: 1. To share my opinions about books I read. (I'm open to recommendations) 2. To express myself in the only way that I love,which is of course writing 3. To connect with people with whom I may share the same interests I read and write because it offers me an escape door from the world we live in. A door which allows me to be whomever I want to be, live wherever in this big world,set off on adventures and most of all because it brings my imagination back to life from its very very long sleep. And of course...Because I love to !! Here are some basic things about your host and writer.. My name is Cristina and I come from Bucharest ( also known as The Little Paris ) were I was born, raised and am currently - still - living. I’ve finished my studies a few years ago and got my bachelor degree at Dimitrie Cantemir University, in my hometown; in Economics. I have to admit that this specialty wasn't my first choice. I have been weighing my choices – as in, to what they can provide me in future – both while I was still in high school and after. Initially I wanted to go to Foreign Languages, but I had a big fall the moment I saw that it wasn't acredited – huge disappointment washed over me. I am still a bit disappointed about that to be honest. I have a huge passion for writing ever since I was little, and even if I had times when I didn't (or couldn't) write anything, now I am right back on track. My dad is the only one who knows how much passion I put into what I write and doesn't giggle or grin when I bring it up. I love having someone’s support no matter how little it is,it still means so much to me. Love, Cris ♥ Hope that those who will follow me like what I post around here and - why not - maybe give some ideas about new topics. :) If anyone wants to add something on the blog please contact me at

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