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REVIEW: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury


Now, as The Sin Eater’s Daughter begins to emerge into the wild, I feel a burning pride every time I see someone tweet or write about it. The feeling that comes with, ‘MY FRIEND HAS WRITTEN A BOOK!!’ and a book that I have been waiting to read for months and months.

Twylla is seventeen years old, betrothed to a prince, and lives in a castle. She’s also an executioner: the moment she touches someone, they die. Twylla is the Goddess Embodied and each month is forced to lay her hands on the treasonous prisoners in the Lormere castle cells.

It’s not often you read a book, particularly with fantasy, with a character that is very rounded and you get to see every side of them. Salisbury isn’t afraid to show how genuine Twylla is – her emotions are portrayed so realistically that it’s as if you are experiencing them yourself. I loved seeing her vulnerable moments and her character development as the book progressed was enjoyable to read about. I loved her!

Salisbury is informative without being info-dumpy; complex whilst still being understandable; and has so much depth. Something unusual that I was pleased to see was that the plot of The Sin Eater’s Daughter can stand on its own, and whilst we begin to see plot strands leading to the bigger picture of the trilogy, I wasn’t left feeling like all the action would be left until the final book. I loved it and I wish it were something that happens more in trilogies; it makes them so much more exciting!

I loved the theme of faith and religion and how it tied into the mythology within the world. It was brilliant!

I really, really, really can’t wait to read the next book in the trilogy. I’m so invested already in the characters and the world, and the ending left me crying about the yearlong wait. Hurry up please, Mel!



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    Michelle Toy
    26 January, 2015 at 6:43 am

    I can’t wait to read this! Loved your review Lucy !
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    Jolien @ The Fictional Reader
    26 January, 2015 at 7:27 am

    The synopsis of this book already sounds epic and your review has made me anticipate it even more! I love fantasy, especially if the characters are really well thought out and feel more real.

    Great review!
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    Allie @ Little Birdie
    26 January, 2015 at 11:45 am

    gah, everything about this book just looks and sounds amazing. I WANT IT SO BAD.

    I love the whole ‘the moment she touches someone, they die’ plot. It’s intense and guaranteed to make for a kick-ass heroine

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    Nova @ Out of Time
    26 January, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I actually didn’t end up liking this one for a bunch of my own reasons but I’m a black sheep. I love your enthusiasm for this, it’s awesome! I think the reason I didn’t like it mainly was because I couldn’t connect with Twylla. It seems like if you connect with her, the rest is pretty much history. Also your review is filled with so much positivity, it’s making me all sorts of smiley even if this book wasn’t for me.
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    26 January, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    THIS LOOKS SO GOOD! And that cover is beautiful. Will definitely be picking this up! Fantastic review, Lucy! x
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    Charlotte @ Books and Baby etc.
    26 January, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I have been super duper excited about this one for ages now. I can’t wait to read it! I sounds amazing and THAT COVER. I just love it.
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    Frannie Pan @ In Clouds of Pages
    31 January, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I cannot wait to read this book!! It’s sounds amazing and the plot is so captivating!
    And I have a soft spot for the medieval kind of setting, so I’m so excited for it!!

    Ps. I have a blog as well, if you want to stop by I’d appreciate it so much! It’s both in Italian and in English :3 ->
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