Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter (#1)
Page Count: 336
Published: February 24th, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
"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..."
The Sin Eater's Daughter was a completely random read for me. One day I thought to myself :
"listening to an audiobook might be fun... and different."
So I ventured over to the E-library (how cool is that?!) and I found TSED. I had originally wanted to read this book last year. However, my excitement for the book took a severe hit when I saw the Goodreads rating, lower than 3.5 is usually a big no for me. But after spending 7 hours of my day listening to the entire book I can fully reassure you that this read is worth it.
There's kings, queens, royal intrigue, and a swoon-worthy male lead *wink, wink*
I will admit that I started out the book slightly confused. I'm not sure if it was the fact that I didn't have the story in a physical format or if the story was just confusing at the beginning. But once I got into it I couldn't stop listening.
There was magic in the story. I felt like the magic aspect was subtle to a degree that was enjoyable. Though, magic and lore really comes into play heavily towards the end of the book, more so than the beginning.
I didn't know who to trust, or if I should trust any of the characters. Since the story heavily focuses on a more... political side? of the kingdom, characters had a tendency to be manipulative. (Some were more obviously manipulating others and some were less obviously manipulating others.)
Twylla was definitely not my favorite main character ever. I felt like she let herself get pushed around often when she could have stood up for herself. Though, she was relatable in a sense since she would do anything for the one's she cares about. She endures hell just so she can keep her little sister from having to live in poverty. Twylla also shows how strong she can be in the end when the unimaginable happens.
Lief, who's name I thought was spelled leaf, was one of my favorite characters. First off, I thought he was adorable (at least compared to everyone else in the book.) He could be sweet to Twylla but he also didn't take other people's crap. He could definitely fend for himself. However, he could be stupid at times. There were a few parts in the story where I wanted to slap him for saying something that could have gotten him executed. Then there were other times where I wanted to slap him just because "Why Lief, why?!"
I thought Salisbury did a great job with the queen's character. She was one of those antagonists that just seems like a manipulative, horrible person until you look further into their story. By the end of the novel I was able to gain an understanding of the queen's motives (though I didn't dislike her any less.)
Then there was the prince... I didn't care for his character much. He kind of came off as brooding but then he has dialogue and he comes off as whiny, snarky, and... angry? I wanted him to go away half the time but then the other half of the time I really just felt sorry for him. So overall I would say that no good feeling were associated with his character.
Salisbury delves further into the magic and lore! It's such an interesting aspect of this novel and I'd love to see more of it.
I'm interested to see how Twylla develops as a character due to the events of book #1
I would recommend this book to people who enjoy fantasy book with elements of magic and political intrigue
Read if you enjoyed Grave Mercy by: Robin LaFeavers
"'People don't forget what it is to feel love.'"
Pssst! I made a Pinterest board for The Sin Eater's Daughter which can be found here!
Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!