This is one of those books you will either love or hate. And as you can see by my five star review I absolutely loved it. The word building is beautiful and the protagonist is pretty kick ass. I loved the slow build of things and was never bored.
Kestrel, the daughter of the leader of the Valorian has two choices, be married in three years when she turns twenty or become a soldier. She wants neither. When she purchases a Herrani slave at the auction everything changes for her. Except that her father still wants the same thing.
I haven't read a really great fantasy like this in while. The romance in it is wonderful too, as well as drawn out. I can't wait to see how the next one goes and I really hope I'm not disappointed because The Winner's Curse was just so much fun to read.