Happy weekend, dear bookworms! How are you all?
Today is review day. It has been quite a long time since I wrote one and for reasons I feel like I’m a bit out of shape when it comes to it. Does it make sense?
Anyway, today review will be kinda short because the novel left me with 1)my memory is a bit vague about it 2) I wasn’t fully happy with it?
Also, as you know that I suck at introduction so let me slide you directly to the review.
Please forgive I try very hard to do a decent intro.
Title: The Sin Eater’s Daughter
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court. She’s the executioner. As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.
But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful 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 a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
The Sin Eater’s Daughter is one of those book that left my opinion in the middle. I enjoyed it but also… did I enjoyed it?
The first way I could definite this books is: a romance with a fantasy setting. Aka something that irritates me greatly. Like, yes, romance. Okay. Put it in the story. But don’t make it only about it. Because all the rest of what happened, looked like foggy details.
Such thing made me particularly disappointed. The world building is not even that bad and also really mysterious. It would have been amazing to see much more of it, instead of something else.
There are multiple reference to a world inspired by the alchemist myths, along with some echos of old fables. The Sin Eater concept was amazing and Salisbury did a very good job at it. If possible, the descriptions of the Sin Eating were some of my favorites.
Also, the whole book kept going on with a dark, decadence and disturbing tones and it won’t miss to manifest it in morbid details. Some legends or so-called facts where definitely something I would not like to experience in real life.
About the things that rubbed me wrong, is that the facts that bring to the revelations, arrives all sudden. Like, one moment before the protagonist is analyzing something and then… BAM! Everything makes sense. It didn’t convince me fully, also because I would have loved to get it along with Twylla, our protagonists, instead of being like: she’s ranting about it and I’m trying to follow.
On the much less bright side… I wasn’t invested into the characters. I mean, yes, Twylla is not particular. She’s a girl. It’s fine. She found herself in something much bigger than her but pass a lot of her time with her mind asleep. Until some things start to happen but that’s it. Same thing for the male protagonist, in this case a prince and a guard, Merek and Lief.
Well, I don’t know. The book would have survived without them? Where they so needed? What actually happened in this book?
Because that’s my major issue. I want more world/action and what I got didn’t disappoint me. I still rooted for Twylla, because how could you not? I mean, it seems like she did some bad things, but she’s also trapped inside? And she does all those things for someone who she loves? Also, in the end her whole story is just tragedy?
But the others? Oof, no. I tried to master the care but didn’t really work out that good. If I try to think at them with intensity, I really cannot do much aside from remembering Merek putting Twylla in a cage and Lief being a creep asshole to her. Not a great impression, right?
In the end, one part of me always look at The Sin Eater’s Daughter with not much emotion, while the other really wants to read the second novel. Now i just need to find the time.