Title: The Sin Eater’s Daughter
Author: Melinda Salibury
Publisher: Scholastic Press
“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?”
I hated this book. Whoever wrote the flap copy was brilliant, because it made me want to read this book, but this book is terrible. It wasn’t until I was half way through that I realized that NOTHING really happened in the story. Twylla spends 50 pages trapped in her room, getting to know Lief. The big reveal that Twylla was being used and lied to didn’t feel that earth shattering. It wasn’t until the end of the book that I felt the “click” of a story.
In my opinion, I think the author has a good story on her hands; this book was just not it. I would have put this whole book as a novella flashback book as a bridge for the real story.
I would not have acquired this book. It didn’t work for me and short of scrapping the whole thing and starting over, I could not see it working.