Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #1
Published by Scholastic Inc, Scholastic Press on March 1, 2015
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes
Narrator: Amy Shiels
Source: Library or Borrowed, Publisher
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*This book was provided by the Library or Borrowed, Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
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 it's 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 was extremely disappointed with The Sin Eater’s Daughter. I picked it up thinking I was going to get a gripping fantasy tale complete with a strong heroine but instead was given a weak willed girl with no direction and the ever tiresome love triangle. I do have to credit the book in that it surprised me at the end. But that doesn’t change my overall feelings. I would recommend this novel to readers that want a YA romance.
Let’s talk about plot – 1.5 star
Unfortunately, it’s the weakest point of the book. Based on the book description I was thinking Twylla was going to be a weapon, or she’s going to rise up against adversity, great things or something big is going to happen!!? But as I continued to read I was let down when nothing happened worth noting. All of the events just slowly meander forward with her spending her days praying and cloistered inside going back and forth between the two love interests. The book is essentially a love triangle romance pitched as a gripping fantasy but I didn’t find anything to grip me. Most YA fantasies at least have some “other” main plot going on outside of the romance plotline but this one didn’t for me. It was such a missed opportunity because there were cool concepts here that could have been fleshed out into THE something stronger that the book description originally sold me on.
Thoughts in the audio narration – 4 star
The narrator Amy Shiels has an absolutely lovely voice. Indeed I will definitely be looking into what else she has narrated. I think if I hadn’t decided to listen instead of read I would have very likely given up reading part way into the book. But now let’s consider how the book’s narrative influences the narrator’s voice. I was pulled in at first by how much nuance she was able to give the character – but then as I became more acquainted with the character and how dull and boring Twylla was I started feeling like not even the narrator could infuse life into her for me. If you’re looking to give this a try I recommend the audio version because she really does an excellent job, it was sadly just the plot and characters that I couldn’t connect with.