Thoughts on the Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

So, I know I should be working on my WIP, but I think my brain has been on burn-out trying to finish up the one millionth revision of ALLIANCE. When I finally hit send to my agent, I’ve spent the last two weeks gorging myself on books.

I’ve also realized that while I almost exclusively have been reading YA Fantasy, I don’t write in that genre, but I really want to. Maybe one day.

That, however, is not the point of this post. The point is to say that I FINALLY picked up Marie Rutkoski’s Winner trilogy last week and boy was it a good one.


It’s the kind of story that just stays on your mind and you try to figure out how to read it, even when you should probably not be reading. Like—say—on a girl’s trip weekend when you should be giggling and playing games with your friends and instead you’re like, “No worries, I’ll just sit here and read.” Or you wake up at 8am on your only day to sleep in with no kids pouncing on you and instead of rolling over and falling back asleep, you grab your Kindle and read until the rest of your friends wake up at 11. I mean, that’s just a hypothetical.

SO all of that to say, go pick up the Winner’s Curse right now… you won’t regret it!


Winning what you want may cost you everything you love
They were never meant to be together. As a general’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can’t help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other.
Set in a new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of rebellion, duels, ballroom dances, 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.



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