Title: The Winner’s Curse
Favorite Quote: “He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.”
Synopsis: Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…
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.
Review: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! I didn’t not expect to love this book! Wait a minute though, can we drool over this cover for a second? It’s gorgeous, book two (The Winner’s Crime) is equally as gorgeous. They look beautiful on my shelves! Okay now, I really didn’t expect much from this book. I had the ebook on loan from the library because it was available and I wanted something new to dive into. The story and descriptions were so beautifully written. I love how Kestrel and Arins relationship developed, the twist, loss, and betrayal felt so real and you can’t help but feel connected with these characters. I honestly can’t say anything bad about this book because I couldn’t find anything to criticize. There isn’t any paranormal features in this book, but you really don’t need it for this story to be interesting because it stands so well on its own. It’s big on military strategy and Kestrel is of course a natural. She’s smart and incredibly brave, without being an obnoxious know-it-all. She’s easily relatable and her feelings pour out of every page and seep into your soul, so at the end you’re left crushed and NEEDING more. I recommend everyone pick this gem up. I know it’s not fantasy in the sense of magic or paranormal elements BUT if you’re not a fan of those or want to slowly get into fantasy this book is for you. It has that Kingdom type feel to it with soldiers and an Emperor. This book will easily get you out of a slump with its fantastic world building and easy but very enjoyable story! Have you read this? Let me know how the ending left you! (without spoilers)