The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
YA Fantasy
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
$19.99 (List Price in CAD)
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Kestrel is the daughter of the Valerian General. He led the army that successfully conquered Herran and enslaved the Herrani people. Now Kestrel is a wealthy aristocrat. The menial tasks in her life are performed by slaves. 
Kestrel has always sought independence. Her people value strength and military prowess, as does her father, but Kestrel just wants to be herself and make music. Her life is controlled by the politics of her people. One day on a journey into town accompanied by her best friend Jess, Kestrel finds herself unwillingly in a slave auction house. Soon she meets Arin, and everything changes.
I was drawn into this novel immediately. The world was so interesting, the characters so compelling. I read this book so fast because I just had to know what was going to happen next. I found the author did a really good job with pacing. Because of this, I always felt the tension—in the plot, as well as between the characters. 
I am dying to get my hands on the next book! Thankfully, it comes out in three weeks! (March 3rd!)