5 April 2015

The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

I was attracted to this book for a number of reasons. Firstly, the cover. It's intoxicating and beautiful with it's bright colours and shiny text (and don't get me started on the font, I want that font on my tombstone) and my camera does not do it justice.

Secondly, this is the blurb, please read it and tell me you can resist adding it to your to-read list: "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." (Goodreads)

Told from the first person view of Twylla, a deadly weapon and executioner for the Queen and the Gods, I was so excited to read this Young Adult Fantasy novel and decided just spur of the moment to write a review of it. I've decided that I can't write spoilers for this, it's definitely unfair if I spoil this for you. I had no idea about some of the twists Salisbury put in there, I was completely blindsided to them, and even though I complained that there wasn't enough carnage for my liking I read this quite quickly, eager to see how it would unfold and resolve. 

This is the start of a series (trilogy, presumably - aren't they always) set in a believable, built up world. I was really drawn in to the religion or Gods of the world as that had a nice mythical feel to it, and Twylla's role in the kingdom. Poison infused skin, I don't think I've come across it before in anything ever so I wanted to see how this original idea panned out. Of course things unravel and the normality that entices you in changes (quite dramatically too) and the only thing that disappointed me was how this changed from an awesome sounding YA Fantasy Novel to Romance. It happened all too quickly and if you like Romance do not skip on this one. The writing is intense and wonderful to read, and there is a lovely nitty gritty love triangle to lose yourself in. However, I wanted more carnage, death and rampages of power from Twylla. My appetite was appeased for some parts (thanks to the good old Queen and the way she punishes) but that was evil and gruesome. I suppose I'm a little disheartened by how it all went down compared to my original impressions from that awesome blurb.

Definitely worth a read. It'll be interesting to see how the series develops considering all the problems and changes in this book resolved (it could have easily been a stand alone novel) to most extent. I kind of can't wait to see what Salisbury writes next.

The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter, #1)The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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I'm pretty sure Melinda Salisbury is a British Author so I'm counting this read towards my British Books Challenge


  1. Adding this to my list for sure! I'm a bit on the fence if I'll like it, simply because I can get frustrated with romance sometimes. But the world sounds great and original, and I'm always looking for more YA as I haven't really read too much of it. Plus, that cover is just gorgeous!

    1. Yeah I have to be in the mood for romance so it took me a little by surprise not having done much research in to it before, but the world is so good, I'm excited to see what she does with the trilogy