The Sin-Eaters Daughter
Although the tension builds around Twylla, she chooses to ignore it as she believes that she belongs to the Queen and her Gods and any talk to convince her otherwise is just treasonous. This is a really fascinating way to frame a story as it made Twylla more of an onlooker. It would be if the Harry Potter series had been entirely told from the perspective of Neville Longbottom. I personally found this to be a fascinating and original way of telling the story.
As Twylla develops as a character, growing in confidence and gradually learning more about herself, she becomes more involved in the events of the story. While she initially believes that she is a helpless pawn, she eventually discovers that she is the only one with the power to save Lormere. While I did find myself growing frustrated with Twylla at times due to her passivity, I realised in the climax that it was not a sign of weakness.
Twylla is far from weak but she is human. Her personal desires and ethical leanings conflict, as they would in any decent person. Her final choice, as detailed in the epilogue, was the best outcome I could have hoped for even if the implication of the final paragraph did cause me some small dismay.
In terms of secondary cast, I did find them to be nicely rounded and very relatable. Both Merek and Lief were interesting characters and their very different upbringings showed through in their attitude to the world around them. It was also refreshing to find that there was no real love triangle between these characters. While both Lief and Merek like Twylla, Twylla only ever reciprocates with Lief her interest in in Merek is purely due to her perceived duty to the realm. As love triangles are a pretty staple part of young adult literature, it was nice to read a novel where this was not the main source of drama for a change.
The running comparison between the Sin Eater and the Queen in particular added a lot of depth to the tale. In fact, the only character that I thought was overdone was the Queen. Although her cruelty is without question an early scene has her sentencing a man to a grizzly death for interrupting Twylla , it sometimes feels cartoonish.
It has a very realistic cast and a complex plot that held my interest throughout. The Sin Eater's Daughter is a truly original fantasy set in a richly imagined world full of complex and complicated characters. The world is multi-layered and Salisbury deftly weaves in original legends, myths, and histories to bring the world to life. Against this backdrop, political schemes and wicked plots unfold, with Twylla caught in the middle of it all.
The plot is as intricate as the world and full of unexpected twists, each one more shocking than the last. The Sin Eater's Daughter is a delicious read, and while the ending is satisfying, it will leave readers hungry for the next instalment in the series. Love is a classic theme in teen and Young Adult fiction, so here are our top 10 romances from the last year or so. This field is required.
The Scarecrow Queen. This is the gripping finale in the trilogy that began with The Sin Eater's Daughter. It is a quick-paced, addictive read that will leave readers holding their breaths until the very last page. Read more about The Scarecrow Queen. The Sleeping Prince. This sequel to The Sin Eater's Daughter is filled with magic, poison, alchemy and secrets. I remember seeing the words "seductive fantasy", and was sold. And of course, the cover is gorgeous. The concept of a touch killing people isn't new, but I haven't read too many books with this concept Kresley Cole's Arcana Chronicles features Aric with this ability - I haven't read the Shatter Me series soon though!
Twylla was a commoner - the Sin Eater's daughter - until the royal took her in, because she is Daunen Embodied. She can kill with her touch, she has poison in her blood. She has killed many men, for treason, include her one and only friend. Twylla is a prisoner, engaged to the prince, slave to the queen. When a new guard is hired to protect Twylla, he makes her question who she is - or who she has been told she is.
With or without the guard's help, Twylla must realize the danger that lies in the kingdom before the queen destroys everything and takes it all for herself. I think the beginning of this book started really strongly. I was completely sucked in and wanted to know more about Daunen Embodied, the kingdoms' conflicts, the Sin Eating. I think the world-building is very well done - probably the best thing about this book. And Twylla's initial characterization her guilt over killing so many people, including her best friend.
I think my issues began when the guard - Lief - is introduced. I did not like Lief from the start. He is too childish, too stupid, too familiar. He speaks out of turn all the time, and disrespectfully so, to Twylla. And then he always apologizes like an imbecile , and is always in Twylla's personal space. Something about him really irked me and we find out why, in the end , but something about Twylla letting him do what he wants irritated me too. Also, tell me why a GUARD serves a lady her food on a tray, or delivers messages, like a common courier.
Guards are supposed to be stationed outside one's door, never leaving his post. Instead, it is Lief who is bringing her food, and messages, and entering her room like he owns the place. Okay so I basically hated Lief from the start. Something about his character, his being, is so wrong. I don't understand how others like him so much - he seems like a cartoon character or something, to be honest. Very one-dimensional and childish.
He is never a GUARD to me - not once does he have to prove himself as a guard meaning, not once does he actually perform his guard duties , and he's always "grinning" and "teasing" and "winking" at Twylla. Guard much? Aaaand, insta-love. There is that too. To make matters worse, there is a love triangle. Oh, yes. We already know that Twylla is engaged to the prince the queen's son and king's stepson. Twylla doesn't really like him he's the queen's son , but it would seem that he falls for her.
Twylla stupidly falls for Lief, someone who spouts pretty words and flexes a few muscles, and has her in his lap like nothing. Talk about insta-love, in terms of Lief and Twylla. There really isn't much "Twylla and Merek" the prince , because Twylla is so caught up in Lief why , but it's obvious that the prince won't give up. Good for him. Although, this is one of those cases where I wish Twylla would end up alone.
Or die, even. I wouldn't mind. I don't hate her, but a tragic story is fine, too. That won't happen, though. After the initial world-building and whatnot in the beginning, my interest tunneled. When Lief was introduced into the story which is like, forty pages into the book , I was like, here we go. Dumb girl falls for idiot boy, everyone rebel and save the kingdom. Here's something else that bothered me: the whole fake-princess-and-evil-queen thing is really grating on my nerves.
A common girl is taken in by the royal family and engaged to the prince but then she falls for someone who isn't the prince OMG! This book. Red Queen. A Wicked Thing. All three books coming out in February All three featuring an evil queen, a commoner-turned-princess, an engagement between that girl and the prince, a love story with the girl and another guy Perhaps this is circumstantial. Perhaps not. I'm really sick of those plot arcs though. Can we stop with evil queens and rebellions and twisted love triangles?
The story kind of goes downhill after the big reveal, too.
First of all, the big reveal is revealed in such a pointless, anticlimactic, thrown-in-there way. Twylla gets mad and paranoid for no reason, and then the big reveal happens. I like things as they were, in the premise of the novel. Once other things were revealed, I was like, snooze And then things become all about the evil queen being evil and wanting to overthrow the kingdom and marry the prince her son to preserve bloodlines.
I was pretty much done by that point. Would I Recommend It: Not really. This is a huge case of pretty-cover-lures-all-and-disappoints. At least, for me. There are a bazillion positive reviews on Goodreads, and I know I'm one of the few that didn't enjoy the book, so there's plenty of hope for you yet! Rating: 2 stars. I'll probably pass on the next book - I'll wait until the synopsis is revealed, and then make that decision. Synopses are important, yo. View all 30 comments. Jan 30, Dannii Elle rated it really liked it Shelves: fantastic-fabrications.
Twylla was born to eat the sins of the dead. She was raised to follow her mother in this role until the Queen found their humble dwellings and invited her into the high society of the royal palace. Here, however, she lives a life just as secluded as before. Previously she was to rid the sins of others, now she is to enact the sins that would see any other cast out of the gods' favour, as she is placed in the role of the Duanen Embodied and graced by the gods to kill with a single touch.
As royal Twylla was born to eat the sins of the dead. As royal executioner and betrothed to the prince of the realm she is both one to be feared and one to be respected. But both fear and respect come with the price of loneliness This was a thoroughly solid first instalment to the series were the author did a great job of slowly introducing the reader to the complexities of this world. I dually adored the focus on the intricacies of the court politics.
That combined with the intrigue surrounding Twylla's role, as well as her mother's, and were endlessly fascinating due to their unique nature. My only source of grief with the narrative was the instantaneous nature of the romance that occurred. This was not overdone and did not take too much of a central focus as to overwhelm the otherwise thrilling story-line, however. The later focus on the lore of this realm was as fascinating as the court intrigue and lent an air of whimsy to the proceedings.
The magical elements that were prevalent throughout were heightened during the ending and set up for an exciting second-instalment I am eager to get to, soon. View all 17 comments. Shelves: meh , snark-alert , not-for-me , read , fantasy , young-adult. But really. It lasts about twenty words and then it ends. What do I say? No characters were doing that Wait.
There is. Lord Bennel did run for his life. And he was chased by the hounds and was torn into pieces. That was the only time I was fascinated. Who, me? Still thinking about it. So sue me. Does it hurt to ask for more death in the book? To be honest, Goldilocks and the Three bears has more action than this book. I was almost bored reading this one. I get it that the Twylla is forced being the executioner, but her attitude is just so damn passive.
If it would have been around the earlier part and have been given a very nice build up, this book would have been the bomb.
Instead, the author wrote some boring stuff about how Twylla was grounded in her room for almost three weeks, how she sang to the king, how flustered she is when she first saw the prince, how rude she is to the servants and how she fell in love to her guard. Be more adventurous girl! Now excuse me while I read Figment. Let the madness begin. View all 20 comments.
Dec 02, Sophia Sardothien rated it it was ok. Official Ratings 2. It has a remarkable resemblance with shatter me which I love a lot. The world building by all means is fine but honestly it wasn't intriguing at all, as I don't care about it half of the time. Instead of being all deadly and all she's just your typical protagonist who does nothing at all. Ahh yes I don't even like him at all, what a pity.
Merek whom doesn't even have a single resemble with Warner, which I don't get why given the fact that the other two protagonists are so much alike the shatter me characters , well he's the only one I find relatively decent in the entire book even though his actions never justifies his words.
As for stupid Leif, he just bugs me out all the time, such a shame Twylla actually loves him, I mean he was just pretending all the time, but later claims he eventually grew love her. Merek even though I relatively like him, he's just as shallow as the other two characters. He'd only appeared occasionally and in the end. As for the plot. WHYYY are you so boring dear plot, so much potential. You could have been my favourite book. However it did shock me when Merek's mom the queen want to marry him to keep her bloody throne, It just takes the book to a complete whole new level of gross.
But well I guess it's done for "dramatic" effect which was pretty successful as it never really did occur to me that it will really happen. OH THE QUEEN I almost forgotten to talk about her, it's funny how she was there in the beginning of the book then disappeared in the middle of the book and then reappeared in the ending of the book. Because apparently she was too busy "nursing" the king in the middle of the book to bother to even appear. Speaking of the king, I actually like him he wasn't annoying and was pretty decent since he appeared so little in the book but once agin in a king's standard.
The epilogue is so confusing, it wasn't a cliffhanger to me since I don't care about the story, it was just annoying. Oct 17, Masooma rated it really liked it. She is the incarnation of the daughter of the Gods, divinely blessed to stay immune to the poison rushing in her veins but anyone around her is not safe from her touch, her touch can kill and it has, therefore, executed several criminals of the kingdom.
In the turbulent times, Daunen is seen as a blessing of the Gods, a symbol of hope in the darkness of despair, a measure for the stability of the kingdom. Originally the daughter of the Sin Eater, a distinguished profession, Twylla is subject to make several choices, question her source of peace and discover several dark secrets. Caught in the palace intrigues, Twylla is a sterling character, naive and unquestioning, flowing with the tide and waiting for it to drop her to her destined shore.
But as the story progresses, the character becomes a victim of curiosity and follows paths she should have better judged against of. There is an attempt to show that Twylla is paranoid as she has, in the past, lost a beloved friend, yet I felt that the character was very vulnerable and impuissant since the beginning. Given no choices previously, she finds herself entangled in a web of new choices she has to suddenly make for herself.
The best thing about this novel is that it directly dives into the story and without wasting anytime reveals the reality of the situation of the central character, her past, the kingdom's beliefs, history and operating system, the concept of sin eating, the culture and traditions of the land.
All characters are very well drawn and a few twists are particularly amazing. The world-building is prime. The kingdom breaths with a life of its own since every aspect of its running is worked out and described in a highly satisfactory manner. Everything from a-z of the kingdom including the past, the future plans, the internal greed, the myths, the enemies are fabulously covered. Even though the end is not really disappointing yet the epilogue is a little defective.
It leaves little scope to understand what choice Twylla's heart makes. Recommended to all the fantasy lovers. I was pretty wary of this one since it was getting tons of mixed reviews. People were either loving it or disliking it, so I'm happy to say I'm somewhere in the middle.. I liked certain parts and disliked others. As soon as I started I knew most would get turned off by the massive info dumping from the first few chapters.
I don't mind these, they're telling you exactly what is up with the world and it sets up the story. Obviously, I would rather have a story unravel in bits and pieces where the m I was pretty wary of this one since it was getting tons of mixed reviews. Obviously, I would rather have a story unravel in bits and pieces where the main character opens up each detail on their own.
Then I also noticed how incredibly slow the book started. I mean it was cringe-worthy slow that I wanted to DNF it at its halfway point. Only I decided to just keep going because what the hey, going into a book and not finishing it? I think it's a crime. And in doing so, the story finally appeared and it got loads better.
Enough to move my star rating from a lowly disliked two out of five, to a happy three which is me liking the book, but also had its weird moments. Another thing I have to mention are the flashbacks. They come and go at regular intervals and it felt very disorganized. For example, Twylla would be doing something and she'd just sprout off into the past and not realize she did it. I don't think it added much to the overall story, just more detailed pasts were added and I didn't really get a sense of who Twylla really was.
The romance in this book pretty much made me nauseous because I found it to be instant love. Now on to the parts I enjoyed.. The mythology about the Gods is superb. I thought it was such a neat way to showcase how Lomere the kingdom came to be. I also thought that having a Sin Eater, which is literal in its meaning is very creative and thought it was rather clever.
You'll have to read the book to find out what it exactly entails because I don't want any spoilers. Now on to the characters, I pretty much only liked one character. The villain. She's all kinds of crazy. I mean legit maniac and sadist. I don't know about you, but murdering someone because he smiles too much is well asinine. She made everything so much more intense and by the end, I knew that character was going to have to be punished. It got loads better in the end and I happily felt like the story was finished.
The Sin Eater's Daughter
Slow beginning and nothing even happens until you're halfway through but it ended up being pretty twisty and turny.. Never have I ever met someone so determined to get what she wants.. Crazy villain for sure! I think it's worth just reading halfway just for her character alone. Also that cover?
One of my absolute favourites of the year. Definitely made me want to pick up the book. If this is what they will, I can't challenge it. View all 10 comments. Mar 13, Melanie rated it it was ok Shelves: je-suis-confused , arc , young-adult , romance , omg-the-cover-people , bleh , could-have-been-so-much-better , books-i-own. Twylla, the book's heroine literally does nothing in this book. She sits there in that sad little corner of her's and she sulks and complains about her life.
What the hell happened to that? I am disappoint. Furthermore, the instant-love in this one is horrid, guys. I cannot with it. I mean, the main idea is that this girl who can kill people with her touch is to marry the Prince but then there's this hella nice guard that Twylla basically falls in love with at first sight. What happens after that? Hmm let's see Nov 11, Alafiya rated it it was ok. Awesome cover, awesome book Not so awesome book!
A hundred sad emoticons aren't enough to portray how disappointed I am. The cover lured me. But ya'll know what they say, Don't judge a book by it's cover. The story revolves around Twylla what a pathetic name, eh? The concept involves a lot of incest and a whole lot of other shit. There is really nothing special about this book. The writing is ordinary. The plot is okay-ish. The characters are boring. The protagonist is hopeless. She is an emotional, selfish and greedy wreck.
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The prince, the guard and the extra characters are all a pile of stick figurines. The chemistry between the characters is also wth what the hell. The incest issue is very disturbing, annoying, illogical and disgusting! The ending is rushed and a whole new universe of what-the-freakin'-hell! At some places, I did like it a bit and that is why I didn't dnf it. For some reason either every scene was too slow-paced, too dramatic, too fast-paced or too lalala. Aug 04, Nasom rated it liked it Shelves: complete-series-tbr , fantasy.
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Full Review I'm not sure about this one. Unique concept but not that captivating What I liked - I liked the idea of this book. She only ever liked one person throughout the book. It ended up being pointless… view spoiler [ Like after all the talk about how belief is fake, the myth of the sleeping prince turned out to be true?????
So like what was the point? Like WTF? Jul 02, Jen The Starry-Eyed Revue rated it it was amazing Shelves: , faves , love-triangle-of-doom , arcs , fairytales-revisited , edelweiss , fantasy , reimaginings-retellings , mythology. An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts are my own. This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.
I had exceedingly high hopes for The Sin Eater's Daughter , what with that stunning cover and a synopsis that sounded beyond awesome. Salisbury's debut is magnificent in its exploration of a desperate kingdom, where fairy tal An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Salisbury's debut is magnificent in its exploration of a desperate kingdom, where fairy tales are real and death waits at every turn. You may have read other stories where one character's touch means a death sentence for those on the receiving end, but you've never read one like this. I love the author's use of misdirection to mislead me, to make me see what I wanted and ignore what was really happening.
Even if I do feel stupid for not seeing it earlier. Twylla's world is small and full of despair. She's kept separate from anyone and everyone, never allowed to bond with another soul. Not that she'd want to bring that trouble to anyone else's door -- she's learned her lesson the hard way.
The one person she might actually be able to call an ally and friend has been gone from the castle for years and now that he's back, Twylla's hardly seen him. Her existence is a lonely one, made all the worse by the responsibility thrust upon her by the queen. The queen, purportedly in her continued efforts to keep Twylla safe, hires a new guard for Twylla, one whose origins are from the neighboring kingdom. And that's when things got interesting for Twylla. It's also when my love triangle alarm was triggered, since Twylla is already betrothed to the prince and has been since she was first brought to the castle as Daunen Embodied all those years ago.
But seeing as how Twylla's hardly seen the prince during all that time, there's really no love lost there. And a love triangle does rear its ugly head later in the story, but two potential suitors is the very least of Twylla's problems. Twylla is clever and cunning but not without her faults. Like myself, she didn't see it coming until it was too late either. She begins as a character with a backstory that's not even remotely likable, but once further light is shed on the situation, she becomes the kind of character whose arc will demand your empathy. Left with no choices and no one to turn to, she must make hard and fast decisions that will determine her future and that of her kingdom.
And none of it looks to leave her with a shred of happiness when all is said and done. It should have been difficult for me to connect with the story and the characters, given the depth of the crazy involved, but I appreciated this story on so many levels. This book was dark and intense and everything I didn't even know I wanted from the story when I first sat down to read it.
This first book ended on a mostly satisfying note, but I wouldn't hesitate to accept the sequel, should someone offer it up now. View all 6 comments. I don't even know.
I liked this, but wtf. Merek deserves better. Leaving off a rating for now. I expected something else. I pictured something else. Not this. Refer to page Should I even call this a love triangle between the prince and the guard? I have no clue what was up with the prince, but with the guard and T-Ball, they had a sort of insta-love going on. Suspicious too. Because why else would the queen hire a Tregellian guard other than to use him as a puppet in her scheme? I smelled this crap from a million miles away.
Nothing happened at all. I expected T-Ball to be killing everybody all up in this book! Okay, not everybody, but you get my point. She spends her time playing the role of a lovesick fool, a music box, and a praying circle. Because she has literally nothing to do in the castle. Beginning: Girl is sad. Her mom likes to eat.
Queen makes girl kill instead. Middle: Girl is still sad. Her mom still likes to eat. Queen continues to manipulate girl. End: Shit goes down. Girl is still sad. The author did well with the world building, but that info-dump is insulting my eyes. The queen reminded me of Levana and I even wrote an update saying who would win a cat fight: Queen Levana or the Queen of Lormere?
And despite all my negativity surrounding the first book, I want Melinda Salisbury to keep on writing because she is definitely going somewhere with this. She just doesn't know where which is why the ending was so melodramatic and eye-rolling. However, the ending slightly saved her book for me and there's no denying how beautiful that cover is. Can you imagine how the rest of the series will look? The potential went to waste. These opinions are mine and mine alone.
This review can also be found at The Mistress Case. View all 15 comments. Oct 09, Katrin D rated it it was amazing Shelves: all-time-faves , young-adult-fantasy , favourites , read , romance. In the stories of old it never seems to dawn on the princess that she should be careful not to put herself at the mercy of those who would do her ill in the first place. This book's opening is one of the strongest I have ever read. Normally, a common problem I find with a lot of reads is that they begin tamely and take their time to develop an interesting situation. After the gripping beginning, we keep following Twylla's experiences and her secluded and sad day-to-day routine.
This part is where I fear a lot of readers could have been extremely bored, but it was not the case for me. Not a lot happens in terms of action and even less so in terms of exciting action. Still, I feel it was a very important part of the novel since it gave us a lot of insight as to how harsh and solitary Twylla's life is.
The extent to which this repetitive daily routine is described was necessary, in my opinion, since it accentuated on the level of seclusion and unhappiness by showing us, not telling. A method I will always respect and appreciate. As I said, this slow action in the middle of the novel did not bother me. I know it is weird, but I was not bothered at all and in fact, I really enjoyed reading about Twylla and her interactions with the few people she is allowed contact with.
It was the mixing of my blood, the drinking of the poison and surviving it that showed I was divine, something more than a girl. I cannot help but make a comparison between Twylla and Juliet from the "Shatter Me" series since both of them have the same predicament and therefore similar experience and attitude towards people in general. They both kill by the power of a simple touch, which is why they are both lonely and starved for human contact: Prince Merek takes the seat opposite mine and I wait for him to acknowledge me, my heart thrumming rapidly under my gown.
At a ceremony four harvests ago the prince had placed his hand on top of mine, and a red ribbon had been placed over them, meaning we were betrothed. It was the last time anyone touched me. However, where I found Juliet annoying, whiny and lacking a backbone , for some reason, even though her attitude is very similar to Twylla's, I genuinely felt compassionate towards the latter. She was being used her whole life, confined and kept illiterate on purpose; the only thing she does for herself is pray in her temple; does not have any interests outside her holy role in the kingdom; and yet…and yet I really liked her.
After all, it is hinted at what kind of a person she would have turned out had circumstances been different. Twylla has a really strong sense of duty and has let people exploit that her whole life. First her mother, then the Queen. At the same time, however, she has personality and while she has no power, nor ability to change her situation for the time being, she does not agree with the Queen's actions. In fact, she despises her, but stays because she puts the ideals of the kingdom over her personal happiness.
Which brings us to the main theme of the book: the choices one has and makes ; which also coincides with Twylla's personal epiphany and character growth : Choice. Twylla is far from a perfect, stereotypical heroine and this is her most severe flaw. She never stood for herself and those she loved. She let people use and abuse her, when she could have, should have taken action. It turned out that what she thought was her duty served not only to keep her confined, but also as her shield against the world.
It was easier to let her ability to stand for herself be taken away because this way she renounces all responsibility. After all, it is easier to blame others and not see the fault in oneself. At the same time, I cannot judge her too harshly, because she was just a young girl when the Queen snatched her and made her choose between her sad existence and the opportunity to live in a castle and be a princess.
It would have taken an extraordinarily astute character to have chosen otherwise. Also, let us not forget that the piousness instilled in Twylla was another lever used to control her. Because when confronted with the Gods, would dare oppose them? Overall, there were flaws in Twylla's character, but they were such that only endeared her to me, instead of repelling me. As it is, I prefer a flawed heroine to a superficially perfect one. I have to admit the ending was absolutely stunning.
I hadn't predicted any of the plot twists; they may have been obvious to other readers, but I was blissfully oblivious, so everything came as a surprise. Normally, I notice foreshadowing and I can more or less judge the direction where a book is heading to. In this case, I think the plot twists in the end were very smart and very well executed. Everything made sense and all loose ends were tied together in a timely and logical manner. There was even one moment, when I stared at a page and went "No, you just didn't, you bastard! Another thing, beside the plot twists in the end, I completely adored was view spoiler [the perfect bittersweet ending.
Seriously, this should go down in the history of bittersweet endings as one of the best. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the first to the last page. I would recommend it to everyone, but sadly, I do realise why most people would find the middle part boring and might not enjoy it.