I knew it would happen. Yesterday I put off my daily post, had trouble with my laptop, and was up late trying to finish when I realized it was today. Considering the recent time change, I am giving myself the benefit of the doubt. So today’s first post was really yesterday’s. Fifteen minutes into the new day doesn’t count. I was going by solar time. OK, no more excuses.
Now for today’s post. The official one. The Winner’s Curse (2014) by Marie Rutkoski is the first book of The Winner’s Trilogy. Ms. Rutkoski is a professor at Brooklyn College, and teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature, and fiction writing. Born in a suburb of Chicago, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
This young adult fantasy novel stars seventeen-year-old Kestrel, the daughter of a general in a society that conquers and enslaves their enemies. Her options are to become a warrior or to marry. But Kestrel is going to be different.
There are no heroes or villains in this story. Each character struggles with his or her own virtues and weaknesses. Deadly games to be continued in the next installment.