Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Review: The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury @AHintofMystery

Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury cover, review
While The Sin Eater's Daughter has some familiar tropes, I found enough unique elements and thoroughly enjoyed the storytelling.

Twylla is the chosen one. She was removed from her home and everything she knows and brought to the castle to be the Daunen Embodied. Basically, she eats poison once a month and it doesn't kill her. But anyone who touches her is killed because of the poison in her body. So she serves as executioner for the kingdom by touching anyone the queen sees as a traitor. The queen and Twylla's betrothed, the prince, are immune to Twylla's poison.

The queen is vicious, evil, cunning, and ruthless. And that's at the beginning of The Sin Eater's Daughter. She gets worse as the story goes on. The prince has been gone for two years, so Twylla doesn't really know anything about him. He returns, and begins to spend time with Twylla.

Twylla's guards change often. No one wants to guard her because the slightest misstep could kill them. Twylla's one long-time guard gets injured, and she has only her new guard, Lief, to protect her. They become close. And then even closer.

There's a lot more I could say, but I really don't want to. I don't want to tell you the story, I want you to read it. The twists and turns will keep your interest. I liked Twylla, even though she was a bit stupid at times, and wanted her to prevail. The Queen's dastardly plans are slowly revealed and are quite unbelievable, so the reader can't help but want her to be stopped. The ending of The Sin Eater's Daughter brings you to the very edge of panic.

I was riveted and entertained. I will happily recommend The Sin Eater's Daughter to my teens. This reads like a stand alone, although there is more to explore in this world if the author chooses to.

Published by Scholastic, February 24, 2015
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
320 pages

Rating: 4.5/5





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8 comments:

  1. I have been dying to read this.

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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  2. I just read another book about a sin eater. I think I'm going to pick this one up soon and do some comparing/contrasting. Thanks for the rec!

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  3. I really liked this book as well, the characters and the plot were wonderful - that cover is just stunning. Fantastic review. <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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  4. I always love your reviews, Annette! I've had my eye on this for quite a while and I'm excited to pick it up! Hopefully soon! (:

    Pearl @ AsteriskPearl's Book Blog

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  5. i need to read this book. i have it on audio and listened to like 20 minutes then got distrated by other audio in my mood reads. i need to get back to this one though. love a good fantasy with awesome charavters and lots of twists and turns.

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  6. Great review! I keep seeing this book around and the cover always draws me in. It sounds great! I need to actually read it now instead of gazing at the cover longingly!

    Cayt @ Vicarious Caytastrophe

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  7. Great review! I keep seeing this book around and the cover always draws me in. It sounds great! I need to actually read it now instead of gazing at the cover longingly!

    Cayt @ Vicarious Caytastrophe

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  8. Glad to hear this one's good. I was on the fence about reading it.

    Shannon @ The Tale Temptress

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