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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter #1) by Melinda Salisbury

A young girl is given the opportunity to literally   like royalty.  She would live in the king's castle and be treated like a princess.  All she had to do was forsake her family and have people fear her touch since it kills people instantly and painfully.  Small sacrifice since she gets to marry a prince (who's immune to her touch) and eventually become Queen. Right? This is the circumstance of the Twylla, the main character of The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury.

This is a narrative that takes place almost completely within the protection of the castle.  I believe the location is fictional unless I'm really bad at Medieval geography.  This does reinforce the idea that even though Twylla is not a prisoner, in many ways she is a captive of her circumstance and her fate.  The disadvantage is made all too apparent as the story begins to slow down in so many places.  Action in a story doesn't have to always have to be physical because challenges come in many shapes and forms.  It does have to be somewhat pronounced and not so repetitive.  The jewel of this story to me comes in the form of twists.  There are some credible literary acrobatics performed in the telling of this tale.  Of course, I'll give none of them away here.

What I will say is something I don't like to admit.  I could not find any of the characters likeable.  I can't place my finger on why.  The main characters get well rounded or at least we start to see their motivations and glimpses of who they are.  Twylla is the best developed which comes mainly from the fact that the story is told from her viewpoint.  The Prince and one of Twylla's guards are the others we really get to know since they spent the most time with her.

The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury is a book that shows much promise that could be delivered in the rest of the series.  This part of the story is a bit lacking and perhaps should have been a bit longer.  It discusses mature subjects and has some mild sex scenes all of which lands it a solid PG13 rating from me.

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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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