The Sin Eater’s Daughter – Melinda Salisbury | Book Review

The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater’s Daughter Synopsis

“Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court. She’s the executioner. As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen. However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

Note: This review is spoiler-free!

Why did I pick it?

Mainly because a few people in the #SundayYA twitter chats raved about how amazing it was. And at just over 300 pages it’s a fairly short read, which I really needed after a bit of a reading slump hit this month.

What I loved about it

Despite only being 300 pages long I felt a lot was crammed into those pages. It certainly wasn’t a “slow burner” it got going straight away. That’s something rather refreshing for me at the moment and I enjoyed the pacing throughout.

I really liked the premise of the “Sin Eater”, the idea that on dying someone has to come and eat your sins, the more sins the more there is to eat was just delicious!

OOOOO plot TWIST! No idea how to rave about this without spoilers but I think I get so used to YA fantasy following the same old storylines that when a plot twist happens I get ever so slightly excited! Despite me finding the plot familiar in places, to a few different books I’ve read recently this one I was NOT ready for.

What I loathed about it

My main issue with it was the love triangle, I just wasn’t buying it, as it’s such a big part of the plot I felt something was missing.

I did find Twylla a difficult character to like, I’ll be honest and say I found her a tad annoying at times. Saying that, I know this is book one in a trilogy and I often say the same thing about characters in book one. Usually, given some time to develop and mature I often find the opposite so I’m looking forward to seeing how her character develops in the next book.

Thoughts

An entertaining read which really took me out of my reading slump.

When and where can you can get it

You can purchase The Sin Eater’s Daughter on Amazon today

 

 

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