The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter #1)
by Melinda Salisbury
Publisher - Scholastic Press
Release Date - March 1st 2015
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I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.
Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it's price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla's fatal touch.
Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla's chilling role to the girls she truly is.
Yet in a court as dangerous and the queen's, some truths should not be told...
Twylla is an untouchable weapon of the kingdom, the perfect source to keep the people, and castle guarded by what habits inside. Her mother, a Sin Eater, performs a ritual when someone has died to clear them of their sins before they pass on, call it a feast of sins, if you like, she eats whatever lays on top of their coffin. Twylla, has learned to be a Sin Eater when her time has come, but the Queen of Lormere had other ideas in mind. When Twylla passed seven harvests (seven years old) she made a choice to be essentially the Queen's executioner, but how did she know at such a young age that choice, could be the biggest consequence of her life. Now, her hand drip with poison at every touch she consumes to the guilty. One touch could kill you, but one touch can set you free.
In the beginning you are intrigued by what Twylla could possibly be. She goes back to the day that she killed her best friend because he was sentenced for treason. For us the readers, I want to know how she became a poison, how an innocent girls who can't lead a normal life has to witness the fear of people's eyes on a daily basis. Like I said in the beginning paragraph, Twylla is like a princess in a tower and a guard or prince saves her from eternity being trapped. I imagine her like one of the Voltouri in the Twilight films with red mist emulating from her fingertips. I was very torn with her character, I pitied her, I'm not a fan of pitying characters when you always find people say 'I don't want your pity' silly, but it's what I live by. Twylla is all but a shell of a character and it's only when her guard Leif and his toothy grin that she starts to feel human again.
Leif is such a character, he seems a bit of clown if I'm honest because of how different he is and he completely turns the book around completely. At times there wasn't only just Leif but the Prince who Twylla is betrothed too. So you can see there is in hindsight a love-triangle. I wasn't really that bothered I sort of disliked the Prince from beginning. Subjecting Twylla to a life like this and watching it was something I wasn't willing to like in his favour. Whilst I was reading this with Donna we both had different characters we were rooting for; I was Team Leif and she was Team Prince. The romance between said character, (no spoilers), was just right and I loved how Twylla unraveled because of him and in end it gave her strength to see what's real and what isn't.
Miss Salisbury writing was phenomenal, I couldn't fault it. So easy to read and to just let yourself go. You know when you have a fantasy novel that is nothing but descriptions, it gets boring, I think I may have mentioned it in my review of The Winner's Curse, in my eyes, a fantasy YA novel needs a balance, and this certainly is a kick ass balance. The plot line is something I've never really read before, maybe because I don't really read very much fantasy YA. But I undoubtedly would recommend an easy, connectable, magical rendition of a cracking plot line and characters. I hear that there will be a sequel but from another POV...looking forward to that immensely.
Rating - 4.5