The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Published on: February 24th 2015
Published by: Scholastic
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
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This book is part of the Sin Eater’s Daughter series. You can find links to my reviews for the rest of this series below:
The Sin Eater’s Daughter (Sin Eater’s Daughter #1)
The Sleeping Prince (Sin Eater’s Daughter #2)
The Scarecrow Queen (Sin Eater’s Daughter #3)
A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy.
Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court.
She’s the executioner.
As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins?
Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.
But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful 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 a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice.
Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
I am ashamed to say that this book has been on my bookshelf for over a year and I only just picked it up this month. It was such a captivating book and once I had started it I could not put it down and actually ended up ordering the next book when I was only at chapter 2 of this book!
I loved the world, it was incredibly built. I loved the history of it, with the war ad the myths of the sleeping prince and the gods that they pray to and the different religious beliefs. The world had everything and was written in such beautiful detail I found myself rereading pages hoping for more and more of the world.
“I am the perfect weapon, I can kill with a single touch.“
I liked Twylla, although for the life of me I have no idea how to pronounce her name. I will be (fingers crossed) meeting the author at YALC this year and I know I’m going to make a complete idiot of myself trying to pronounce Twylla’s name!
I found her role as Daunen Embodied really intriguing and the whole histroy and peoples beliefs was really cool to read about. Twylla really develops in this book, starting out as a lonely, timid and very much suffering young girl, who has been forced to do such terrible things and has to live with the consequences, to a much stronger woman who really starts to find herself and realise who she is apart from her Daunen Embodied title.
“I believe there are men and women whose lives are made easier by believing someone is watching over them.”
I really like Lief, Twylla’s new guard, because he gave her friendship in a life full of loneliness. I love that he didn’t stick to the rules for a guard and proceeded to do what he wanted. I really liked the development of their relationship, it was sweet and believable. I know that it has been mentioned in some reviews about a love-triangle in this book between Twylla, Lief and Prince Merek but for me there really wasn’t. Yes, there are feelings, but it is very clear from the start who the winner is and at no point does Twylla declare love for the other.
“If I come to you, I want it to be because I am choosing you, for no reason other than that. I don’t want for to ever doubt it.”
I really loved the Queen (which is strange because she was totally evil) but she was just so cruel and conniving is the best kind of way. One amazing thing about this book is how deceptive everyone and everything is. It really does seem like no one is being truthful with anyone and there is always a side agenda. Which makes for a lot of shock moments when something happened that I just wasn’t expecting, especially the way in which the book ends.
“It’s difficult to grieve for an idea.”
I think my favourite thing about this book had to be the detail that went into the world building, and I can’t wait to discover more of this world in the next book as well as read the continuation of this beautifully written story.
My Rating: Loved
I would recommend this book to fans of: fantasy worlds, magic, forbidden romance, stories about royal families