Book Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter

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Book Review: The Sin Eater’s DaughterThe Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1
Published by Scholastic on February 24th 2015
Pages: 320

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?

thoughtThe Sin Eater’s Daughter, hands down, is probably my number one had to read for 2015 thus far. The cover, the summary, all of it just beckoned to me. Begging me to read it. The moment I saw this book it was like “GIMME ME! I have to have you. Like right now.”

But, as often happens, with hype or expectation, some disappointment is bound to follow.

This isn’t about Sin Eating?!?

The Sin Eater’s Daughter is a bit of a confusing title for me. At first glance, it seems obvious that The Sin Eater’s Daughter would be about exactly that… the Sin Eater’s Daughter. In a sense, The Sin Eater’s Daughter was about the Sin Eater’s Daughter just not in the way that I thought it would be.

There is no supernatural way that the sins are eaten. Just lots and lots of food to represent sin. While this aspect was pretty cool, I was kinda sad to see Sin Eating mainly being the focus of info dumping or flashbacks. As we got to know Twylla, we find out that she was born to be a Sin Eater. It is in her blood. Her mother was a Sin Eater. Her mother’s mother was. All the first born females in her family have been Sin Eater’s, even before the land had its monarchy.

If you ask me, making The Sin Eater’s Daughter about Sin Eating could have been a really neat premise. But that is not the route The Sin Eater’s Daughter took.

A Little Bit of Everything

Okay, so The Sin Eater’s Daughter isn’t really about being a Sin Eater. I can deal. Goddess embodied has a better sound to it any way. Despite some of the downsides.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter takes place in a pretty interesting world. A land with a rich history of kingdoms rising and falling. A land with varying views on how to move into the future. In the middle of all of it is Twylla and her supposed role, current and future. As the Goddess embodied, Twylla occupies a weird space in this kingdom. She is both part of it while separate at the same time. Trying to carve out a place for herself, while also desperately wanting to be like everyone else.

On top of all of this is our romance. Oh, what a weird romance it was. While there is quite a bit to like about it, once the truths begin to be revealed, the romance and what I thought would happen took a slight turn. Was I surprised at the twists The Sin Eater’s Daughter threw at me? Yes and No. But part of me was actually happy that some of them happened. It is hard to discuss the romance all the way without giving away a big chunk of the plot line. So, we will just leave it at, there are parts that I really enjoyed, and some that I could have done without.

What Ending?

Prior to me getting to the ending of The Sin Eater’s Daughter, I would have to say I had very little complaints overall. Yes, there were some slow spots. Some elements that I am really not sure I think work, but I will buy into it anyways. However, there is one problem that sets a weird tone for the rest of the series: the ending. Now, the ending of The Sin Eater’s Daughter by itself was not too bad. The last sentence or so felt a little cliffhangery. But, the epilogue. By itself, the epilogue was nice. If it would have been arranged a little differently, it could have set up the book to be its final piece. However, since we are only with the first book in this series, it felt wrong. Gave an unneeded heaviness to the read. Making me feel like I would have been better off to have ended The Sin Eater’s Daughter on the last page as compared to finishing with the epilogue.


I have a lot of love for this read. But there are some pretty bumpy parts / elements that I am hoping will get ironed out in the future. If you are looking for something a bit different, give The Sin Eater’s Daughter a try.
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2 responses to “Book Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter

  1. The cover and summary both are super intriguing to me, too. Hopefully the second book in the series will be better than this one was?

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