Title: The Sin Eater's Daughter
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: High Fantasy
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This book was given to me by the publisher, Scholastic, through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
This book was one of the best I've read all year. I loved it. The Sin Eater's Daughter has it all: fantastic world-building, flawed characters with very real moral dilemmas, beautiful writing, and oh, did I mention an evil queen? An evil queen!
The story opens with Twylla, a Goddess Embodied, doing her job for the kingdom: killing people with her poisonous touch. She is engaged to be wed to Prince Merek, one of the only people who can actually touch her. But when her guard comes down sick, she receives a new one, a man who sees her for what she really is, a girl, not a Goddess. And she discovers that she must make a choice that is near impossible..
I liked that this book was so character-driven; it reminded me of Game of Thrones that way. I loved the high fantasy feel of it, and the world-building was well-thought out and made sense. (If any of you are fans of Rosamund Hodge, go out and buy this book! Lol.) I also really enjoyed the pacing, once I started the novel, I really couldn't put it down. But my favorite thing about this novel was that I couldn't tell whether any character was trustworthy, and I was being shocked by revelation after revelation.
Recommended for: fans of Marie Rutoski, Rosamund Hodge, Sarah J. Maas, and Sarah Fine. The bottom line: A rich, deeply realized confection of a high fantasy novel, The Sin Eater's Daughter was a delight to read--a favorite of all time! Next on deck: Inked by Eric Smith!