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The Sin Eater’s Daughter – Melinda Salisbury

“Even when there are no prisoners, I can still hear the scream. They live in the walls like ghosts and echo in between footsteps. If you travel down deep into the belly of the castle, beneath the barracks where the guards sleep, beneath the Telling rooms, that is where they linger behind the quiet moments.”

Twylla is the perfect weapon. Able to kill with a single touch she is the Queens personal threat for those who commit treason. She lives within the castle walls but has always been alone, despite knowing that one day her and the prince are to be wed. One day her guard is replaced with an easy going boy whose smile belies his swordsmanship and slowly but surely Twylla’s captivity seems less claustrophobic. As the two grow closer in a relationship that can hardly go anywhere Twylla has to be careful to carry on as normal, no matter what else is going on, in order to protect the whole kingdom.

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I enjoyed The Sin Eater’s Daughter for what it was, a love triangle with fantasy, treason and treachery thrown in the mix. I was sucked in from the first few chapters and always wondered where the story was going (I don’t often read full blurbs of books in case they give too much away) and I think that it showed a lot of potential for the author in her future endeavours.

I believe, especially from the ending, that there will be more books in this series and in all honesty I hope there are because the setting and the world Melinda Salisbury has created are so intriguing and interesting. I loved the setting of the castle and the whole idea of the poison being held within Twylla’s skin and the lore surrounding Sin-Eating.

I however can only give this an average rating because the story itself was slow to get going. The blurb I received before reading The Sin-Eaters Daughter, that I didn’t actually read until I’d completed the book, tells of what happens and in all honesty that is the most major part of the story, but it doesn’t happen until about 270 pages in. I think that the build up to it was kind of needed to avoid the concept of instal-love between Twylla and Leif but there surely could have been more actual story between the start of the book at 270 pages in?

The characters were well written and interesting. I liked Twylla a lot and thought the anger, resentment and loneliness of the character came across brilliantly. I disliked the love triangle but I think thats because I wasn’t the biggest fan of Leif with his stupid smile and too easy going nature. I think the Prince played a brilliant part in the story and genuinely felt like he was the victim in the story, I felt awful for him when plans came to light and when he found out about Twyllla and Leif’s relationship as I think he really did hold a torch for her.

I enjoyed the story but not as much as I was hoping. The major plot seemed to take forever to arrive and then when it did it went far too quickly so it felt rushed. If there is a second book (Which I am confident there will be) I hope the storyline moves faster for such a brilliant world deserves a great story to be told within it.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter will be published on March 5th by Scholastic. My copy was sent to me by the publisher for review through the LoveReading4Kids.co.uk website.
 
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