The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1)
By Melinda Salisbury
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: February 24th, 2015
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…
Melinda Salisbury’s The Sin Eater’s Daughter, introduced Twylla, a reincarnation of a daughter of the Gods. Due to her role and its implications, that she can kill with only a touch and is the royal executioner, Twylla lives a life devoid of physical contact and feared by those surrounding her. She is, despite this, engaged to the prince, the one person supposedly ‘immune’ to her. Twylla begins the story as a naive young girl fulfilling the role the queen expects her to. As she begins to grow and change, the story unfolds with a complex twist and some more than unpleasant revelations.
I found the interplay of the main female characters to be quite interesting. The queen is an obvious antagonist from the beginning, with a domineering air and the feel that she is walking along the knife’s edge of sanity. Her presence gives any scene she is in a chill and her manipulations of the lives of those of her court become increasingly clear as the book continues. As does the fact that she’s just nuts. This is in contrast to Twylla’s mother, who is seen mainly in flashbacks. Despite this her presence and influence over Twylla’s life are just as apparent as the queen’s. When the queen and Twylla’s mother finally have a scene together, it was entertaining to see how one would manipulate the other in a silent battle of wills.
As for the love interests, I found both to be lacking. While I prefered Lief, for the majority of the book I felt that he did not grasp the precariousness of either Twylla’s or his situation and it was frustrating. As for Merek, I found his attempts at Twylla’s affections to be based more on an idea rather than any feelings he actually developed. This was especially so since he had been absent for two years and had barely know Twylla before that. I did not feel strongly for either love interest and would be ambivalent if either, or neither, of them succeed in the end.
My one true complaint is the ending. While a lot of questions were resolved and the villain was defeated without any monologuing, I felt that the inclusion of an epilogue was a weird piece to have in the first book in a series. It also felt gratuitous after having, what I felt, was a strong ending to the last chapter.
Epilogue aside, the book was finished out with a clear direction for the second book to head in and I am definitely looking forward to it.
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