RYAR Review: THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER by Melinda Salisbury

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THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER by Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1
Published by Scholastic Press on February 24, 2015
Genres: Fantasy
Provided by: Edelweiss
Rating: 5 stars


This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.


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?


THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER is an utterly unique, thrilling, and completely captivating story filled with a number of unexpected twists and turns. It invites readers into a world where pagan beliefs are used to help keep order, where cruelty reigns, where vicious rulers mete out their own, sadistic version of justice.

The story offers an enchanting fairytale, customs from a bygone age, and primitive beliefs, giving it a timeless and magical, yet historical feel. It delivers a love story that is romantic and heartbreaking. It introduces a girl whose decisions are costly, whose beliefs are restrictive, whose obligations are destructive, and whose purpose is deadly. And it brings mystery, suspense, shocks, surprises, heartache and loss, making for a truly unputdownable read.

Twylla always expected to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become the next sin eater. It was a future she never wanted. So when the queen gave her the chance to change her fate, move into the castle, become engaged to the prince and someday become his princess, she didn’t hesitate to say yes.

But being the Daunen Embodied, the queen’s executioner, was not the fairytale existence she imagined when she agreed to leave her home. She hadn’t thought what it would mean to be able to kill with a touch. She hadn’t imagined just how lonely of an existence it would be. She hadn’t considered what would happen to her sister when she left. And she hadn’t realized what the queen would do to ensure her continued loyalty.

Melinda Salisbury penned an incredibly engaging and different and dark and rather extraordinary tale in THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER. She seamlessly blended together a number of different ideas in a way that is original, exciting, and absolutely fascinating. She created a character in Twylla who is flawed, uncertain, isn’t always likable, isn’t always strong, but who is interesting and sympathetic and who becomes a heroine to root for by the story’s end. And she surrounded her with a wonderful mix of characters who are complex, intriguing, despicable, lovable, chilling and charming.

For readers looking for a story that is surprising and unexpected, a story that is part fairytale, part high fantasy, a story filled with secrets, lies, deception, and devastating and shocking betrayals, a story with a jaw-dropping ending, a story that can easily be devoured in one sitting, a story that will transport them to an amazing and perilous and riveting world, then THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER is a must.


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