Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1
Published by Scholastic Inc. on February 24th, 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: borrowed from the library
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 and the queen's, some truths should not be told...
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 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. Finally the story starts to pick up around page 160+. 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.
Slow beginning and nothing even happens until you’re halfway through but it ended up being pretty twisty and turny.. The Sin Eater’s Daughter should be re-titled to The Mad Queen or The Tyrant. 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.