My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I admit it: this book was purely a cover buy. It was there, and I wanted it. I mean, look at it: It is gorgeous.
Twylla is the daughter of the Sin Eater. She’s also engaged to the future king, living with him in the castle. This would be pretty great, except she is feared for her ability to kill by touch. As the embodiment of the Goddess, only her future husband is able to touch her without being poisoned.
Wow. I mean, that premise, right?
The story was different than I’d anticipated. Which I still have mixed feelings about. It wasn’t bad at all, but it was different.
Twylla was a hard character to root for sometimes. Her loneliness makes her desperate for human contact, and since her fiancé isn’t really around, there’s not much choice. So when a new guard offers not only his friendship, but more as well, how can she resist?
Well… In my opinion I thought she should. But eh.
Apart from the main character’s questionable choices, there are a lot of complexity in her background as the Sin Eater’s daughter.
The lore is amazing. I absolutely loved reading about the legends, gods and history of the worldbuilding. It’s one of my favorite parts about fantasy. And where the book could have had a more focused approach, the legends of the fictional world saved everything and bumped this book up to my favorites.
I recommend this for people who like their fantasy worlds with an interesting history. The strong point of this book is the world, which is further proved in the continuation (The Sleeping Prince). While the character and plot isn’t what drew me in, it also feels like a necessary road to take in order for the events in the later books to take place.
Give it a shot if you’re on the fence. Either you’ll love it, or you won’t. It can go both ways.