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The Winner's Curse

Marie Rutkoski

In the first book of Rutkoski’s (Shadow Society, 2012) new trilogy, Lady Kestrel, 17, is a member of the ruling Valorian class and must either marry or enlist in the army before she turns 20. But all she cares about is her music--a passion her Valorian culture disdains. When she impulsively purchases 19-year-old Arin, a Herrani slave, Kestrel doesn't know that he's a spy for the rebels and plotting to overthrow the Valorian empire. It’s not long before she has feelings for Arin and the two become torn between loyalty to their people and a love that can never be realized.