Book Review: The Sin-Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
The Sin-Eaters Daughter is an unexpected mind boggler. With twists and turns you simply don’t see coming. Okay, so I saw one twist coming, but the majority were completely, jaw drop worthy shocks. A relatively new writer on the scene, Melinda Salisbury’s first novel shows great promise for an exciting trilogy. If you’re a fan of the ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Throne of Glass’ franchise, you’ll definitely enjoy The Sin-Eaters Daughter. As far as young-adult fantasies go, it’s dark and filled with intriguing characters. “… and the world holds it’s breath…” couldn’t be a more appropriate line for the entire novel.
The novel follows the life of young Twylla, the ward of a rather vicious queen in the kingdom of Tregellan. In the queens court, Twylla plays the role of Daunen Embodied, quite a prestigious religious title, except she has to kill people with her poisonous skin. All though Twylla is aware of the queens cruelty and tricks, even she isn’t prepared for the secrets her new guard reveals for her, changing the course of her life and that of the kingdoms. Lief is Twyllas newest guard and offers her more than knowledge, he offers her hope for a different life. But if something seems too good to be true, it usually is, a lesson young Twylla learns over and over again. But with a big impact on the fate of her kingdom, she struggles to choose between what she wants for herself and what might be best for her people.
With cheeky guards, handsome princes, cruel queens and meddling gods, this story has something for everyone. It’s gripping, with a well thought out world, filled with it’s own folklore and politics. Twyllas mind is filled with emotion, confusion and first love, three things many young people can relate too, which is why I know young adult readers are going to love her. Although there are many adult themes within the novel, it’s a relatively easy read and fun to follow. There are some really thoughtful and mind-blowing concepts in there to get your head around so read closely.
By Lauren Noding