Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #1
Published by: Scholastic Press on February 24, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.
She’s the executioner.
As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.
But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.
However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
I could cry a thousand tears over The Sin Eater’s Daughter. 🙁 I was initially drawn to this book by the GORGEOUS cover, then I read an AWESOME synopsis which backed up my first thought of, “HOLY FREAKING CRAP!!!”
I had such high hopes for The Sin Eater’s Daughter. I imagined this epic, intense, romantic fantasy with forbidden love, conspiracies, betrayal, political plots, and more!
While this book does have all those things, it has them in a detached, muted, disappointing way.
Every single piece of info was dumped
At 20% into the book, nothing had happened. The entire first 20% was filled with info dumping. It was like reading a history textbook. The narrator told us all about the kingdom, their laws, the neighbouring kingdoms, their religion, their practices, and some of the things that happened to said narrator several years ago. It was just all background information being dumped on my face. It wasn’t seamlessly tied into the events of the story and explained slowly and naturally. It was just all poured on my head at once.
And, since it was all dumped on me so quickly, I feel like I immediately forgot EVERYTHING. Even though all the information was there, none of it stuck with me. So by the time we finally got to some plot developments, I’d forgotten all the pieces of information that I should have remembered.
Had this been woven into the plot more naturally, it would have stuck with me.
But at this point, I was 20% into the book and still NOTHING had happened and I had no sense of where the book was going. IT WAS BORING!!!
A mediocre romance
Finally at around 26-30% we got some actual progress. I see that a romance MIGHT be developing, and that’s my first inkling of where the story is headed. But we still don’t have any real conflict. There’s no “endgame” in sight. I don’t know what’s driving the plot.
But then, we get two horrible things: insta-love AND a love triangle. Not just one or the other, but BOTH!
To be fair, it wasn’t literal insta-love. They didn’t see each other and immediately fall in love. But there’s how I felt about the romance overall:
- I had zero connection to either character.
- They talked a little.
- Then they had like two “bigger” conversations.
- THEN they were professing their love.
I didn’t feel like I was there every step of the way with them, so I couldn’t get into the romance. That’s why it felt like insta-love to me.
The love triangle here was between Twylla, the prince, and the guard. To be fair, Twylla didn’t actually like both guys. She was torn between who she wanted to be with (the guard) and who she felt obligated to be with (the prince).
Not a great ending
Then we got to the ending… and it didn’t satisfy me. The whole thing felt a little anti-climactic. View Spoiler » [I did like seeing them take down the queen, but what happened AFTER that was ridiculously open ended. « Hide Spoiler] I think the author was trying to create a cliffhanger, but instead it just felt like the book was cut off before it properly finished.
In terms of what actually happened at the end, View Spoiler » [I thought the whole thing with the amulet and the story of the sleeping prince was so… odd. I guess I feel like it was this HUGE plot element, but it wasn’t seamlessly woven into the story. It was just dumped on us in one sitting, then referenced at the end. By the time we got to the end, I’d forgotten what the whole thing was about and it just left me kind of confused. None of it was seamless or well planned. « Hide Spoiler]
- MASSIVE amounts of info dumping.
- I was disconnected from every single character.
- The whole narrative felt detached and lacking emotion.
- I didn’t enjoy the romance.
- NOTHING excited me or made me giddy/nervous.
- The ending was a bit weird, anti-climactic, and a let down.
Not done yet…
I’m actually adding this last bit like three weeks after writing the above review. I had a little rant with Nova and it brought more of my thoughts and frustrations to the surface. I’m not usually super ranty, but sometimes it just feels good to let loose and scream a little about your frustrations.
I’m just going to let our DM chat do the talking.