The Sin-Eater’s Daughter
by Melinda Salisbury
YA Fantasy, Romance
Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court. She’s the executioner. As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.
But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful 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 a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favour of a doomed love?
This, like many others, has been a book that’s been in my TBR pile for so goddamn long. This was a pick from my TBR jar and I was initially glad so I could finally get around to this trilogy – or just a book by Melinda Salisbury, full stop.
However, I kind of had a meh feeling coming away from this book. It wasn’t bad…but it also wasn’t great. You know when you get those books that just literally sit on the fence of whether you liked it or not. The Sin-Eater’s Daughter had a hooking premise from the beginning. I was really interested in the concept and I thought I’d be in for a thrilling start to an exciting trilogy. When I finished it, I didn’t dislike it but I really expected more from it.
The world building was strong, but I think the book’s pacing let it down. I enjoyed the twist at the end but ultimately the characters are sort of forgettable – something I think Salisbury could work on. However the dialogue was sharp and witty and I loved the interactions between different characters. I also enjoyed the plot, it felt magical and fairly original for a UKYA fantasy novel.
This leads me to the question: do I continue the series or not? I didn’t hate the book, so I still feel somewhat invested in the characters and would like to see where the next book leads them. I more than likely will read the sequel and see what I think, but for any avid Salisbury fans reading this – would you encourage me to keep going? Does it get better or does it only go downhill from here?
Let me know in the comments below!