The Sin Eater’s Daughter – Review // Solid Start and Confusing Conclusion

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Book 1 in The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy
Genre: YA high fantasy
Pages: 312
Format: hardcover
Source: library
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plot: 12/20
characters: 14/20
setting: 20/20
relationships: 16/20
twists: 12/20
74/100

My online friend Ashleigh loves this series, so when I found the first book at my library I had to get it. The Sin Eater’s Daughter was a great book in the beginning, but as the story progressed I developed mixed feelings. :/

the plot

If you’ve read the synopsis and know that Twylla can kill with her touch, you may or may not have thought of Shatter Me. I know I did, and honestly went into this expecting a similar story but set within a fantasy world. However, it was vastly different. Twylla’s mother is the Sin Eater, basically meaning that when a person dies she eats a feast where certain foods represent certain sins, and the completion of the feast allows the soul to go to this world’s version of heaven. Twylla was training to become the next Sin Eater but was instead whisked away to the palace to become the royal executioner. It sounds really cool, and for the first half it was. But in the second half, a specific twist was revealed that I wasn’t very fond of, and from there my enjoyment lessened. I kept reading, hopeful, but when the story ended I was just confused. I had questions, and a day later I’m also realizing that there are a couple of plot holes. To be honest, I’m a little disappointed. There wasn’t much of any Sin Eating, or executing, just a lot of stuff that didn’t entirely work with the story. I don’t intend to sound harsh. 😐

the characters

I liked Twylla, but I didn’t love her. She seemed to be undecided, in a way. Sometimes she was strong and stood up for herself, and other times she let people walk all over her. Despite that, I admired her determination when it was there, and I loved that even with her ability, she was never cruel to people. She cared deeply about her family and a few other people, and that was great. πŸ˜‰

I was also mostly neutral toward both of the love interests, Merek and Lief. Both had slightly controlling tendencies and flawed. I’m not saying that flawed characters are bad, because in all honestly I prefer flaws to perfection, but in these cases I wasn’t a huge fan. Merek was kind of crazy, and Lief was a questionable person, if that makes sense. >.<

the setting

I did love the world of Lormere, though. Even the other two kingdoms that weren’t explored were clearly well thought out. The descriptions of Lormere were vivid and very pretty to imagine, with a mostly medieval but slightly modern feel to them. I enjoyed learning about their myths, religions, and culture, and I thought it was explained in great detail. As I read I felt immersed in the world, and I think this was my favorite part of the story. πŸ™‚

the relationships

There was a love triangle in this book, and I wasn’t really a fan. I mean, how could I be, when I didn’t like either love interest? Merek didn’t have enough compassion and Lief had too much, to put it simply. I think Twylla’s love for one of these guys clouded her judgement, and that if she had been more logical or at least sneakier, things would’ve ended very differently. Almost every book I read has a romance I love somewhere in the story, but unfortunately this book was one of the few that didn’t. 😐

the twists

Like I mentioned earlier, the big twist in this book wasn’t appealing to me. I didn’t think it made very much sense, and as more was revealed toward the end I only got more confused. I’m not even sure what really happened in the epilogue. I just had a lot of questions. :/

overall

I didn’t hate this book, not at all, and if you haven’t read it, definitely give it a shot. The Sin Eater’s Daughter just wasn’t my bar of chocolate. Because while the beginning was amazing, the ending felt a bit lackluster and I just wasn’t on board with the romance. I most likely won’t be continuing with this trilogy. :/

my rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! πŸ™‚

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I’m off to keep reading Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I’m around 20 pages in and already enjoying it! πŸ™‚ I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❀

Until next time…

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