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.
I've been wondering why it took me almost three weeks to finish this book and I think I figured out why. I'm not a fan of forbidden love. I tolerate it, but when the odds seem to be 100% against the couple I find that I can't enjoy the book fully. I need some kind of hope. While reading The Winner's Curse I didn't see any hope for Kestrel and Arin. He's a slave she's the enemy, that's it. I was afraid for them. Afraid that I was going to end up loving these characters only to have my heart broken in the end. There was a point in the book where I wish I could hate them. But that was impossible.
This book made me feel confused. I knew what side (of the war, can you call it that?) I was on but I couldn't help but love and care for some of the characters in the other side. Just like Arin I fell in love with Kestrel, she was kind and real and so unlike her kind. Arin was an amazing character, as well. I also want to see more of the secondary characters in the next book, they gave this book life. Even the characters that weren't so good made this world real.
One of the things that made this book a great read was the writing. It was so beautiful! I do have to say, though, that the pace was a little slow for my taste, but it goes well with the story. I can't wait to see what happens next.
My final verdict is that this book is worth it. I started to see hope in the end and that makes me excited for the next book. That last sentence made me want to cry, it was so beautiful and to the point. I just love when books end in a powerful note.