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The Winner's Curse

Winner's Trilogy Book 1

by Marie Rutkoski

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The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2014
    368 pages
    Genre: Novels

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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.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

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"A high-stakes cliffhanger will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next book." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Rich characterization, exquisite worldbuilding and rock-solid storytelling make this a fantasy of unusual intelligence and depth... Breathtaking, tragic and true." - Kirkus, starred review

"In this well-paced novel, there is violence, action-packed battle scenes, and descriptions of gruesome deaths. There is also hope that love will be the real winner and faith that it can be greater than the curse of war." - School Library Journal

"This book gave me a rare and special reading experience: I never knew what was going to happen next. I loved it. I want more." - Kristin Cashore, author of Graceling

"Marie Rutkoski writes with tremendous power and has created an epic of fearless beauty. This book should not be missed." - Ann Aguirre, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of the Razorland trilogy

"The Winner's Curse is magnificent. Gorgeous writing graces every page, and the story of Kestrel and Arin unfolds with all the complexity and beauty of a sonata. I was completely transfixed by them and their world." -Sarah Beth Durst, author of Conjured

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Marie Rutkoski Author Biography

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Marie Rutkoski was born March 5, 1977 in Hinsdale, Illinois. She grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois as the oldest of four children and decided early on that she was Someone Who Loved Books.

After graduating the University of Iowa with a B.A. in English with a minor in French in 1999, she lived in Moscow and Prague, and then studied Shakespeare at Harvard University where she received an English M.A. and Ph.D.

Marie is now a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance drama, children's literature, and fiction writing. New York City is her home, and she thinks there must be birds of prey living in Washington Square Park; she can see large, wheeling wings from the window where she sits and writes. Marie has two small sons who try very hard to ...

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