First Lines Fridays: June 9th

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? I’m kind of using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next or at least soon. Follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

So here it is:

She shouldn’t have been tempted. 

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

Any idea?

It’s The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Goodreads summary:

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

I actually read this book last summer, but did not end up continuing with the series just because I didn’t have the books. I want to read the last two books but first think I need a re-read of The Winner’s Curse. I remembered I really loved it and the characters and the world and such but specifics are evading me.


One thought on “First Lines Fridays: June 9th

  1. Topaz says:

    I absolutely love how this book plunges the reader straight into the action of the story. I find that so often (especially in high fantasy books!) there can be a ridiculous amount of backstory before the real, present time plot begins, & it’s so wonderful & refreshing to see an opening that turns that cliché on its head. Thank you so much for sharing with us, love! ❤

    Topaz (Six Impossible Things)


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