Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #1
Published by Scholastic Inc. Australia on Feburary 24, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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...
Secrets, lies, twists and turns, evil queens, sin eating and killing touches…I really enjoyed The Sin Eater’s Daughter. It contained some really awesome concepts, including:
- Sin eating – Clearing the deceased of their sins by absorbing them through a feast
- Daunen Embodied – the Queen’s personal executioner and descendant from the Gods, who absorbs poison and kills with a single touch
The rest of The Sin Eater’s Daughter is made up of:
- A young executioner, who resents her situation
- An evil, cunning and manipulative queen, who executes if you dare to defy her
- A forbidden romance between the Prince’s betrothed and her guard
You’ll never know what to expect when you pick up The Sin Eater’s Daughter, which is filled character manipulations, secret agendas and unexpected twists and turns. Reading The Sin Eater’s Daughter, is like lending your mind to the unexpected, where you’ll never ever predict how the story will turn out, or where it will lead. Each and every character here had the potential to deceive, to twist and manipulate the situation in their own way.
And that was the extent of my role, the price I paid for being favoured by the Gods; I was to become an executioner. A killer. A weapon.
Twylla can kill with a single touch and she’s revered for it, as a descendant from the Gods and the Daunen Embodied, the Queen’s executioner. Although everyone treats Twylla with kid gloves, she has a fire about her, to look after her own interests. She abhors what she does, and looks for an escape. I loved how Twylla was self aware of her power and importance, being cunning and vicious when she needs to be. As someone controlled by her kingdom, Twylla could be seen as a victim of her own circumstances, but she took the best of her situation, and made it her own.
Lief was an interesting love interest, a farmers boy and Tregellan who constantly defies his kingdom. As Twylla’s guard, he’s chatty, talkative and often forgets to use the court’s formalities. With his protectiveness over Twylla and his personality quirks, I found him endearing and charming. Although what kind of a name is Lief? Every time I saw his name I picked Peter Pan, or even Link.
I’m not the Sin Eater’s daughter. I’m not Daunen Embodied. I’m something else, something new. Not a monster in a castle, not a nightingale trapped on a thorn.
The evil queen executes people for defying her, whether that’s having a baby or smiling in court. She’s incredibly feared, cunning and manipulative, armed with threats and power.
Most of the book revolves around the romance, with Twylla and Lief getting to know each other and seeking their happy ending. As the Prince’s betrothed, they have gotten themselves into a nasty situation. I felt sorry for the Prince Merek, he’s lonely and only looking for a friend and a wife, and Twylla pretty much never gives him a chance. Although he clearly has no idea about true love, but that could be because he’s been sheltered.
“Being the best at duelling isn’t all that high on my list of qualities a husband should have,” I say tartly.
A few reviews have mentioned the slowness and lack of events actually happening in the book, however I didn’t mind this too much. As with many fantasy books and first books in series, it takes its time building up the characters, the romance and the world. I found it put all of these elements in stride and was a well balanced story.
I loved the unexpected nature of The Sin Eater’s Daughter, and never knowing what to expect when it came to the characters or the plot. Although it’s heavy on the romance, with a love triangle, I loved all of the unique concepts and the unexpected journey it offered. With an open-ended epilogue, I’m not sure whether we’ll see more of Lief and Twylla in the sequel, but I sure hope so.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Thank you to Scholastic Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!