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Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter

The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1) by Melinda Salisbury

Genres/Themes: Young/New Adult*, Fantasy, Legends&Myths, Romance

*Some more adult themes which is why I marked it as New Adult as well.

★★★★✯4.5 stars
This rating and review will probably be one of the most difficult of the month.Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 favor of a doomed love?

I came into this book wanting a story . I was ready to soak. I was ready to tune out reality and devour this book. And you know what? I did.

I’m not saying there weren’t a few hiccups here and there, definitely were a few but, the world building is so nice. The characters are there and obvious what role they played… or did they?(hehehe) There were twists and turns, mysteries and secrets, lovable & hate-able characters– I just adored this book.
The plot was seriously great. I loved how things went. My mind was all over the place guessing at the end so, I kinda had it as one of my possibilities. Was still enjoying the book the whole time.

At the same time, I ended the book completely frustrated. I love it as much as I want to scream at it. I don’t even know if this book should be tagged as a favorite or not. So, I should probably dive into those.

-I have a problem with how gullible Twylla is in the book. Looking at it as a character trait, I can deal with it easier. Just because she is clever at times doesn’t mean she is smart… even though it is a bit shown that she is…

-The ending… I just… I ugh. Okay, let me explain don’t worry, no spoilers . I liked the turn of events and how everything worked out.
I did think the epilogue was a bit confusing when it didn’t need to be.
My biggest problem, probably with the whole book which is what lowered my rating, is that I didn’t realize this was the end of Twylla’s story. Why is the series called The Sin Eater’s Daughter, when it isn’t about her the whole time?
I was ready to read more of her adventure and she what she did but…. no. Ughhhhh I don’t like series that don’t follow the same main character– well okay, correction I don’t like it sprung on me especially when it is this kind of high fantasy.

So, after groaning about no more Twylla *sad face* then doing my volunteering at the library, and eating dinner, I finally sat down to write this review and my feelings have leveled out. Will I miss those characters? YES #TeamLief But, I’m ready for Errin’s story and the continuation of this weird world.

*Characters: Love’em.
*World&Magic: Very interesting and I’m ready to learn more!!
*Romance: Yes… love triangle… I’m sorry but BUT I don’t hate them. When not overdramatic, I can enjoy them. In this case, I loved the romance and it doesn’t feel too much like a love triangle when the love obviously isn’t reciprocated. So romance: HUGE CHECK! Lief & Twylla were lovely.

RECOMMEND: YES! Please go read this and talk about it with me. Totally under-hyped.

Since I received The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #2) as a goodreads giveaway, I’ll be reading that soon which, I’m excited about.


Also! This is a link to the Melinda Salisbury’s blog where you can find a pronunciation guide to character names as well as more awesome info!


6 thoughts on “Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter

  1. I read this, but now that it’s a few months later, I have to say I remember very little about it. I guess I found it unmemorable in some sense, though I do remember thinking the premise was interesting but being kind of frustration by the presentation of the religion.


    1. Hmmm… you know what, you have a point. Since I don’t have a religion it didn’t bother me but, looking at it from the perspective of someone who believes, this book could seem pretty anti-religion.
      I really wasn’t expecting all the religion to be in there or a big deal… I probably should have brought it up in my review.


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