I came into this book with the party poppers ready to go in celebration of how awesome this book was going to be. I may have been over excited. Not that it wasn’t a very intriguing and fascinating plot and world building but there were a couple of big elements in this book I just couldn’t force myself to like.
Things I liked:
- I loved the awesomeness of her touch being poisonous. (See I made that rhythm I am Queen). It’s such a unique plot in a genre full of recycled ideas. Twylla is Daunen Embodied, meaning she is the reincarnation of the daughter of two Gods, “light and dark, life and death”. She gets her looks and singing voice from the Lord of The Sun and her poisonous touch from the Empress of D
- I was intrigued from beginning to end. This book gives you a sense of I NEED TO KNOW WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN!!! Even when the plot feels like it isn’t moving forward much in the middle of the book, I was still so keen to see what was going to happen next.
- I have found a new character I just HATE! I mean like Dolores Umbridge HATE. Ahh I hate that this character exists. The Queen can eat bees and die. Every time she was in a scene the scene made me so angry! And of course that I have such really loathing for a fictional character means that I want to slow clap Salisbury for writing her so well. But seriously can she be killed early in the next book?? Like horribly killed. Innards ripped out of her body?? Just a suggestion. OHH maybe by one of her stupid dogs.
Things I didn’t like:
- Twylla a little bit annoyed me. Her always claiming she never got a choice in anything had me rolling my eyes. She chose this life. She chose to follow the queen’s orders. She chose to never ask about her family. Choices left and right!! I get that in the end she realise that she did have choices all along but still that having to read that for the first 300 pages gets really annoying. Also her blind faith. OHMYGOD! I know there are people who whole heartedly believe in their faith and religion but don’t you think if someone (another human) told you, you were an embodiment of a goddess you wouldn’t question that? Not even a little? You’d just blindly take them on their word? These two things made Twylla look like a huge doormat which always turns me off a character.
“All we can do is stay quiet and do our best. We must be ghosts. That’s how you stay alive in this castle. You become a ghost. You keep your head down and you stay out of her way as much as you can.”
- I didn’t like the love triangle. I’m not one of those people who hate love triangles on principle alone, I don’t mind them really if they’re written well, but something about the love triangle in The Sin Eater’s Daughter I really didn’t like. I think maybe it has to do with the fact I didn’t really like either Lief or Merek so I was kind of over the whole thing. I was hoping she dumped them both and decided to be alone instead.
Overall this was a really good book but not liking the main protagonist or any of the romance aren’t small things so that’s why I only gave this book three stars, I have a feeling that the second book will be a vast improvement from this one. I’m intrigued to find out more about the Sleeping Prince and how the castle’s doing now. I’m also wondering how Salisbury going to write Twylla now that everything has changed.