Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter

Review: The Sin Eater’s DaughterThe Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #1
Narrated by: Amy Shiels
Released by Scholastic on 24 February 2015
Genres: Fantasy
Length: 9h 6m
Format: Audiobook
ISBN: 9781407147635
Source: Free Download

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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 as the queen's, some truths should not be told.

Back in November last year, I bought a book called The Sin Eater’s Daughter because the summary interested me and that cover looked beautiful. I picked it up a while back but decided to put it down again because I was in a bit of a reading slump. When the SYNC audiobook season started, I noticed that this book was one of the audiobooks available. So when it was available for download, I decided to immediately do that and started it while working the next day.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter tells the story of Twylla, who has been blessed by the gods. Unfortunately, that also brings a downside, as she can never be touched by anyone, save for the queen, the king and the prince. She is also the official executioner of the court, something she hates terribly. Then, a new guard is assigned to her, and he’s the only one who doesn’t look at her as if she’s a murderer, the only one who sees her as Twylla, not as Daunen embodied.

The first thing I noticed, was that the narrator had a nice, Irish accent. It wasn’t too obvious at first, but later on, I started hearing the words pronounced in the typical Irish way (words such as ‘thought’ and others that started or ended with ‘th’, Irish people pronounce it differently, which is something I personally like). I looked up the narrator, Amy Shiels, who is going to play a role in the upcoming TV series Twin Peaks.

The story itself was really interesting, and I enjoyed listening to it very much. I have to admit that when I first read it, it reminded me of Shatter Me a bit, but other than the fact that both Juliette and Twylla can’t touch anyone, there weren’t really any similarities between these two. What I would have loved, though, was a map of the world. I wasn’t really able to imagine the world that well because there was no map in this book (I do have the physical copy, like I said, so sometimes I could read along with the story).

I loved the story behind Daunen embodied, about Daeg and Naet (I had trouble picturing these names, so that’s where the physical book came in handy) and how Naet (who I guess was the goddess of the night and death and everything dark) seduces her husband Daeg (day, life, light and such). It reminded me of Gaia and Ouranos from the Greek mythology. Personally, I would have loved to read more about these gods rather than the actual story, but that’s the mythology nerd in me. The only thing I am still rather confused about is the whole Sin Eating ritual. Why is there only one Sin Eater? View Spoiler »

Romantic wise, I wasn’t really 100% behind it, to be honest. I found it rather predictable and of course there was a slight hint towards a possible love triangle and that just made me a bit ‘meh’ over the whole thing. View Spoiler »

The story ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, and I was prepared to pick up the second book almost immediately, but when I read the summary for that one, I realised that it was going to feature a completely different main character? Book two, The Sleeping Prince, will be, from what I understand, from the point of view of Leif’s sister, Errin. Now I hope that the characters from book one will make (big) appearances as well (and I don’t hope it’ll be a multiple POV story *finger crossed*) otherwise I don’t really know how to feel about this book.

Anyway, I enjoyed The Sin Eater’s Daughter very much, I will pick up the second book and hope the characters I know so well now will make an appearance. I might only pick up the book for its beautiful cover, because did you look at it? It’s beautiful right?! If you love fantasy books with a pinch of mythology and fairytale thrown in, you should definitely pick up this book!

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