But it’s better for them if they do stay away, lest Tyrek’s fate befall them, too…
Since last week’s Waiting on Wednesday, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about The Sin-Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. Luckily, when I was looking into pre-ordering it on Amazon, I stumbled upon a sampler! The excerpt (below) is of the first two chapters of this 2015 release.
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’m curious if I’m reading her name right – “Twilla”? Or “Twhy-lla”? I’ll have to investigate further.
So far, though, this book has an interesting start. Twylla’s character isn’t exactly how I imagined an executioner to be, so I’m anxious to keep reading and see more of her personality. She’s a loner (expected), but she also seems very vulnerable and pliable. Some of her backstory has been creeping in, and has me wondering if it’s going to play a larger role in the course of the book. It’s not clear how the concept of “sin-eater” is going to figure in – plot twist, perhaps?
The only other recurring main character right now is the Queen, and she is the more fascinating character right now. I see some sneakiness about her, but this cunningness implied in the description hasn’t yet popped out so I have to hope it’s lurking in some deep dark corner plotting an especially devious plan.
I like the writing style so far – the opening lines really had me interested in the rest of the story. The plot seems to kick into gear right when the excerpt ends, but right now, the set-up has me excited to read this book.
You can download the free excerpt to read on any Kindle device here