Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda SalisburyThe Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1
Published by Scholastic
Pub Date: February 5th 2015
Pages: 336
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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4 Stars

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?

As with most fantasy books I read, The Sin Eater’s Daughter was a bit hard to follow in the first chapter but very intriguing. I loved the world building and the descriptions- lots of vivid and dark sensory details. I also became quickly attached to Twylla and loved the unique concept of her role as the court executioner.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter is original, lush, twisty, tense and dangerous with a hint of the best fantasy tropes that we all love. I am not one to throw around comparisons lightly because it’s so easy to get burned, but I really feel like fans of Throne of Glass and Girl of Fire and Thorns would enjoy this new series.

I also appreciated that the marketing department didn’t compare it to Game of Thrones at all; it’s tired and often misleading. Ironically I did see shades of GoT in the story, including one horrifying scene that fans of the show will be able to spot. There are a few disturbing incidences in fact. And the Queen reminded me so much of Cersei Lannister while still being her own brand of twisted evil, which is frightening. She’s like a coiled snake waiting to strike, full of venom and self-righteousness.

I loved the beginning and end of the novel, but the middle lost me for a couple chapters. I was not a big fan of how the romance developed despite liking and caring for the characters. It was building with delicious tension and then moved way too fast from an emotional perspective. I won’t say more for spoiler reasons but this is the main reason I knocked off a star.

Odds and ends: there’s a lost kingdom!!! I really enjoyed the history of the land and the description of Loremere reminds me of Helms Deep. I LOVE legends in fantasy novels and need to know more about The Sleeping Prince! I loved the king. I loved the magic and tension and feeling of danger. And just when you think you’ve figured something out, HOLY PLOT TWIST(S) BATMAN! I can’t wait to see where Book 2 goes.

 

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16 Responses to “Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury”

  1. Catherine

    Oo, this sounds facinating! Your review definitely has me sold. I totally love fantasy with dark twists. Great review Morgan! :]

    • Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      Haha thanks Laura :) Fantasy is tricky for me; I love it a lot but if I read too much of it at once it can get exhausting. This one is worth exploring I think (and The Orphan Queen!!), when you’re in a fantasy mood next time!

  2. Alexa S.

    If you think that fans of Throne of Glass/Fire and Thorns will enjoy this, I am SO IN! It sounds like something that I would really enjoy, to be honest, and I neeeeeed it.

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  3. Brianna @ Otakutwins Reviews

    This book looks so good, and the cover is really pretty and colorful… I liked what I read of the preview I got to read, the only thing was I felt that it was a bit boring and confusing… but I still want to read it! The whole idea, if you ask me, sounds really interesting and creepy, like I book I might enjoy ^_^
    Nice review, I love all of those gifs :)! Thank you for the review.

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  4. Amy @ Tripping Over Books

    I finished this one just a few days ago and found myself a teensy bit confused near the beginning as well, but wound up being completely captivated. The Queen was awful and I can definitely see the Cersei comparison, too, but I’m also really glad that there was no Game of Thrones comparison. That’s getting old for sure. (And, seriously, how can anything else compare?)
    The ending was bananas in an awesome way, though! CANNOT WAIT to see where things go!

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    • Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      Oh I’m glad you liked it also!! The middle got a little blah but the crazy ending totally made up for it. That courtroom scene!! Nothing can compare to Game of Thrones (but seriously, I think this queen was a Lannister).

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