Book Beginnings… The Winner’s Curse – By Marie Rutkoski

Book Beginning’s on a Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of a book, along with your initial thoughts or anything else that inspires. 

This week’s book is…

Title: The Winner’s Curse

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Book Blurb:Winners Curse

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.

And now for the opening…

“She shouldn’t have been tempted.

That is what Kestrel thought as she swept the sailors’ silver off the impromptu gaming table set up in the corner of the market.

“Don’t go,” said one sailor.

“Stay,” said another, but Kestrel cinched her wrist-strap velvet purse shut. The sun had lowered, and caramelized the color of things which meant that she had played cards long enough to be noticed by someone who mattered.

Someone who would tell her father.”

This grabs my attention, it makes me wonder what kind of market this is? who would inform her father of her whereabouts and why they would care? It makes me think that she is someone who people notice. I went on to read the rest of this chapter, and let me say it is awesome!

I know everyone read this a few years ago, but for some reason it slipped my radar. Thank god someone pointed it out to me, because I know I am going to LOVE this book–the story and writing are both brilliant.

If you enjoyed this Meme and your are a writer come check out my weekly writing meme called My Muse Monday, where like-minded writers can share how the writing week has gone for them.

Tell me, what book are you reading at the moment? Did the opening grab you?


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