Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we post upcoming releases we're highly anticipating. My pre-publication selection for this week's Waiting on Wednesday is The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski.
The Winner's Curse
Release Date: March 4th, 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss & Girroux
Waited on by: Blythe
In the tradition of Kristin Cashore and Cassandra Clare comes this brilliant, unputdownable, star-crossed romance about the curse of winning.
Seventeen-year-old Kestrel is an aristocratic citizen of Valoria, a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers. Here, a girl like Kestrel has two choices: join the military or get married. Despite her skills in military strategy, Kestrel’s real passion is music.Which is why she feels compelled to buy Arin, a slave with a talent for singing, at auction. It’s not long before she finds herself falling in love with Arin, and he seems to feel the same for her. But Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for Arin is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Set in a new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
I was interested in reading this ever since I read Marie Rutkoski's The Shadow Society last year, but now, after the endlessly rave reviews The Winner's Curse has gotten from very trusted friends of mine, to say I'm interested in this would be a massive understatement. And the cover is GORGEOUS.