On Trial: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Posted March 5, 2015 by Kayla in Reviews / 2 Comments

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The Sin Eater's Daughter Book Cover The Sin Eater's Daughter
The Sin Eater's Daughter #1
Melinda Salisbury
Romance, Fantasy
Scholastic Press
February 24, 2015

Avoided by the rest of the court because of her divine ability to kill with a single touch, executioner Twylla pursues a forbidden romance while confronting a terrible sacrifice to help the queen destroy her enemies. A first novel. Simultaneous eBook.

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The author has never asked me or tried to influence me for a positive review, nor have I promised one.

My Impressions:

Ah, when I started this one, I devoured it, but then towards the end it started to get a bit annoying to me. Twylla makes ridiculous choices that sometimes had me holding back the urge to scream at this fictional character. Then the end just kinda left me on ice. I didn’t realize, when I pre-ordered this one, that it was a trilogy. I will definitely need to read the others to find out what the ending means.


The Queen is evil. That’s the main plot line. How evil and sick? You will find out 🙂 Twylla is an incarnation of the daughter of the goddess of death and the god of life. Her main role is to be the executioner of traitors. For this she consumes a poison which then makes her skin poisonous. Only those with the Divine right (the queen, king and prince) can touch her. She is therefore lonely and eventually falls for one of her guards. Slowly the things that Twylla knows to be true are not, and instead are replace by trusts she does not want to accept. This story is full of betrayal. Almost everyone is betraying someone.


Twylla is very naive and it is to be expected considering that she has been kept away from people her whole life. First her mother being the sin eater kept people way, and then the queen keeps her away from everyone and the role of being the girl with the poisoned skin does the same. It’s easy to see how she falls for the first guy to touch her. Merek is a hard one too. I think he does love Twylla in his own way but has never seen how people who are in love are and so he seems to be somewhat cold towards her while also trying to get her to care about him. I don’t like the queen; she is pure evil. And I don’t like Leif. I don’t trust him. Plus he has nothing to offer Twylla. Which is one of the things that starts to annoying me in the end.


I love the way the story was written although some times the dialect seemed a bit modern for a medieval style story. The pacing was great. I finished this one in 3 days of reading.

About the Author:

Melinda Salisbury lives by the sea, somewhere in the south of England. As a child she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matilda was her biography, in part helped by her grandfather often mistakenly calling her Matilda, and the local library having a pretty cavalier attitude to the books she borrowed. Sadly she never manifested telekinetic powers. She likes to travel, and have adventures. She also likes medieval castles, non-medieval aquariums, Richard III, and all things Scandinavian The Sin Eater’s Daughter is her first novel. She can be found on Twitter at @AHintofMystery, though be warned, she tweets often. [source: Goodreads]

The Verdict:

Highly Recommended

Rating Report
Overall: 4.2

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2 responses to “On Trial: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

  1. I love your breakdown and chart, that’s totally creative! I’ve been wanting to pick this book up for months, the cover is just so beautiful. It’s great you mentioned it was a trilogy and it sounds like a cliffhanger…do you think it’s worth waiting for more to come out or just go for it?

    • Kayla

      Thanks Lanie. It’s hard with this book. I’ve come across lots of people who don’t like the book. So I hope you’re on the liking side. I think as much as we hate cliffhangers at least I have other things to read to occupy my time, and while the end did bug me it is something I think I can live with. Not like a beloved character’s faith hanging on the edge, ya know?

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