The Sin Eater's Daughter
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Synopsis: 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?
- This novel is quite popular right now in the blogosphere world, so of course I had to check it out for myself. Our protagonist, Twylla is a seventeen year old teenager, she resides in the Court, although, she's the executioner. She has the power to kill people simply by her touch. She is used by the Queen to fulfill executions at the court, it's not like she wants to do it. She's forced by the Queen otherwise the Queen will target her family.. One day, she's appointed a new guard named Lief and soon everything begins to change.
- Well, I love the cover - it's just STUNNING, I love the colors that are used. I had to read this novel right after seeing that cover and skimming through the synopsis. The girl looks looks like as if she's caged, and she has accepted her fate .. This novel reminded me a high fantasy novel of Shatter Me - but I enjoyed reading The Sin Eater's Daughter.
- : Twylla is an excellent character, she's human, but she's apparently a reincarnated goddess. She might seem a bit like a doormat who doesn't fight back, but she's vulnerable, oppressed, and lonely so I can understand her. She is flawed, but her character is so real.. I couldn't help but like her. I did like that she took a risk by falling for the guard, you go girl! Her character grew as the novel continued, not every heroine can be fearless. She's the opposite of what a lot of readers like such as kickass heroines like Katniss Everdeen. Although, I highly love and admire Katniss, but I do realize real people usually aren't like Katniss, they're more like Twylla. She's not as strong since she doesn't fight back, but I don't believe she's any less than Katniss. They both are brave enough to sacrifice their own lives to save their family.
- I wasn't feeling much of the romance on this novel, it was kind of boring when the guard Lief wanted to play "rescue" with the "damsel in distress." I did not like him at all, like honestly, you're a guard, it's not really your place to tell your superiors on what to do.. unless they ask. You don't see me telling my boss how to live and how to make decisions. I'm not sure if being blunt to Tywlla is going to help your case, it's kind of annoying and controlling actually. I did like the prince more, but sometimes he seemed stupid as well. There is a love triangle as most novels do nowadays, but it's not as serious. Lief is mainly the main focus. The male leads didn't work out for me, the romance is a miss.. Although, I was eagerly waiting to read what's in store for the characters.
- I really did love the world-building plot of this novel, it was fantastic! The ending was just shocking - It wasn't predictable at all, and I never expected that .. at all. There are so many great twists and turns in this novel, I was hooked on it from the beginning. The book did get better and better as I read it, the beginning is just depressing hearing Twylla's sob story.. I would hate doing things I disliked as well, but it's survival mainly. I did like the "Sin Eater" aspect of it, I haven't heard of that in novels before so it was rather unique, it's actually a real concept. However, in the novel that's not the main topic which kind of contradicts the title. I would have liked more details about it. Overall, it seems as if every book lately is part of a series, what happened to stand alone novels? They're just as great! I want to rate this novel 3.5 flowers. It is a generous rating, because the romance did not work out in my favor and there's no actual "sin eating".. I do like this novel though, I feel like it could have been four butterflies, but it's not quite there yet. I look forward to the next installment in the series of The Sin Eater's Daughter, hopefully it get's better.