Source: borrowed from a friend.
Genre: YA fantasy (?).
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 its 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’ve seen reviews for The Sin Eater’s Daughter and I was wary of picking it up (especially since it’s a new series and I said I’d finish some of them first before starting new ones), but then I got the chance to borrow it and, well, I can hardly say no to free books, can I? I’m glad I read it, it’s a quick, entertaining read.
I’ve been thinking about this review for a while now and… I’m having some trouble recalling what the story was really about. That’s never a good sign, especially since only about a month has passed since I finished the book. I know I have terrible book amnesia (character and place names just evaporate, I have to check Goodreads all the time when I’m writing reviews) but this is pretty extreme even for me.
Anyway, I liked the book when I was reading it. I finished it in about two days, and I’m pretty interested in the sequel. I KNOW, you’ve never read a more lukewarm review in your entire life, right? Well, there were some interesting elements here, don’t get me wrong.
I was impressed with Twylla’s mother against my better judgement – she’s the Sin Eater from the title (which is a bit weird because you’d think the Sin Eater would have a larger role, right, if she’s in the title?) and she’s massive because she eats dead people’s sins. You see, when a person dies, their family sets out food which represents their sins – for pride, for beating their loved ones, for gluttony… And she eats them all, no matter how large the feast – and the soul of the deceased can’t rest if she doesn’t do this. So that was an interesting bit of folklore.
But Twylla and her new guard, Lief, as well as the prince, to whom Twylla is engaged (warning: a triangle of the amorous kind!), were… like all the other YA fantasy protagonists I’ve read before. I mean, maybe I’m just a super difficult customer (I am, I know I am and I try not to let that influence my ratings and reviews, but I can’t really help myself) but I feel like there was nothing special about these people! (Okay, there was a sadistic, sociopathic queen who was a rather nice villain but still.) They did things that I expected of them when I expected them and I really like the unexpected in books. I like twists and surprises. And this story just… fell short, sadly.
Have you read The Sin Eater’s Daughter? What did you think?
Do you like being surprised by characters and plot or do you like knowing where you’re going?
I’d love to hear from you! :)