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The Sin Eater's Daughter

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The Sin Eater's Daughter

While the other kingdoms surrounding Lormere have long forgotten their own gods, Lormere continues to uphold its sacred beliefs and rituals. For the citizens of this kingdom buffeted by the mountains, the gods are absolute. They are the ones who dictate life, death and the very workings of the world. As such, the royal family stands as the direct representation of the divine --- as the absolute authority in the kingdom.

But there is also the Daunen Embodied, the daughter of the gods themselves. With this title on her shoulders, the palace stretched before her feet and the prince as her betrothed, Twylla should be happy. She should be basking in her position and in the freedom it accords her from her previous destiny as the next “Sin Eater.” Yet at 17, Twylla is neither happy nor free. Instead, she is the Queen’s caged bird, singing and dressing as Her Majesty desires without any power or even companionship.Worse though, she is also the Queen’s executioner.

I became more and more invested in the characters and their goals, almost tearing at the pages in an attempt to see what would happen next.  

With her title comes a great and mysterious power --- anyone Twylla touches is poisoned to death. Rather than living like a treasured gem, Twylla is feared and isolated from all those around her. At all times she must be guarded, as much for her own safety as for the safety of others.

When her most trusted guard falls mysteriously ill, Twylla meets his replacement --- a cheeky and carefree boy named Lief. Before she can stop herself, Twylla finds herself drawn to his smile and his disregard for her terrifying power. But between Lief’s easy affections, Prince Merek’s mechanical advances and a mysterious series of events that leave her locked in her tower, Twylla soon learns that not everything is as it appears.

THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER is a magnificent blend of myth, fantasy and romance that will captivate fantasy and romance readers alike. The mix of characters, their motivations and their resulting relationships with one another colored seemingly mundane actions. I became more and more invested in the characters and their goals, almost tearing at the pages in an attempt to see what would happen next.  

As much as I enjoyed the book, I felt that it could be drawn out at times. The combination of a slow pace and little action made the middle portion a bit hard to get through. However, the reader is met with a sudden and quick progression of events leading up to the climax and ultimate resolution. There were plenty of twists and turns that will keep you reading, and ultimately your diligence will be rewarded. The rich texture of characters and the imagination of the world makes this a great read for anyone looking for a little bit of mystery with their fantasy.

Reviewed by Ashley Tran on February 24, 2015

The Sin Eater's Daughter
by Melinda Salisbury

  • Publication Date: February 24, 2015
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • ISBN-10: 0545810620
  • ISBN-13: 9780545810623