The Sin Eater's Daughter #1
by Melinda Salisbury
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (February 24, 2015)
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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?
Dearest The Sin Eater's Daughter,
Wowza. You were a mind-blower. I still think my mind is blown a few days after I finished you. I keep asking myself, "What in the world?!" after that ending of yours! I'm flabbergasted and speechless....but in a totes great way! I can honestly say you are one of the most unique reads that I've gotten my hands on this year!!
You follow the story of Twylla, who is engaged to a prince and lives in the castle, but she's not technically part of the court. She's their executioner. She doesn't execute prisoners in the typical way either. She delivers the death blow by simply touching someone, because she is the Goddess embodied. No one will touch Twylla willingly, even the Prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her fatal touch. But everything changes when a new guard arrives, and sees Twylla simply as a girl, not a murderer. Twylla refuses to fall for the guard, because she's seen what evil becomes upon any person who deceives the queen. However, a treasonous secret is the least of her problems with a queen who plans to destroy her enemies with a stomach-turning sacrifice. What will Twylla do....protect her kingdom or abandon it in the hopes of a doomed love?
Twylla, Twylla, Twylla. I loved her. I sympathized with her so much. I couldn't even imagine the weight that is one her shoulders, with the amount of people she has had to kill by her own two hands. Not only that, but never being able to touch another living human being without killing them accidentally as well. It would be like living in hell, despite the fact that she lives like a royal. Her new guard, Lief, makes it all so much easier for her though as time progresses. As soon as Lief appeared in your pages, I grew a soft spot for him. He's so adorable, and sweet, and I swooned hardcore to say the least. Even with the prince. I didn't ship him and Twylla that much, but I still liked his character, because despite his mother being cray cray, he wanted better for his kingdom. As for the atrocities his mother, the queen, commited? Well, they were awful. It was almost hard for me to read the things she did to people, because they were so malicious.
The world-building inside your pages, The Sin Eater's Daughter, was phenomenal and unlike anything I've seen before for such a small book. Usually, a book in your genre is double your size, but you still managed to blow me away with all the tiny details and extraordinary plot.
I can't seem to talk much about either of those, without totally giving something away. However, I can say that you are a book that I would push into anyone's hands, and ask them to read it, because I know they would love it as much as I did. I'm curious after that ending if there is going to be another book or not, but I couldn't find much about it on Goodreads. I'm definitely crossing my fingers for one, because I need oh so much more of you. Four stars to you, The Sin Eater's Daughter!