May Contain Spoilers
Review by Poo Penny
Here is the deal. I enjoyed the book, but, there were a couple of very stereotypical YA things that kind of get annoying after a while.
Twylla is SUUUUUUUUUUUPER annoying, she has almost no character development in the whole book. She is extremely immature, and she has almost no interaction with people, so a lot of the time she doesn’t know how to act. She thinks herself in love after seeing collar bones. FREAKING COLLAR BONES. WTH people.
I liked Merek, although I don’t think we know everything about him yet. And Leif, the other love triangle, GAG, is just blegh. I didn’t care for him at all. And there were so many times when I was simply shocked that Twylla and Leif weren’t caught by other people. Like, y’all are being stupid.
“My mother is a fat woman” was probably my favorite sentence, I laughed pretty hard at that. Just straight to the point, because her mother was the Sin Eater of Lormere. She is dedicated to the job, and always eats the whole feast, which is why she is heavy. Twylla was to be the next Sin Eater, but the Queen found her and discovered her immunity to poison and that she was touched by the gods so she is Daunen Embodied. Daunen Embodied is the Queen’s personal executioner of traitors to the crown, or so it seems.
Grade: Solid 3.5 stars, damn you GR for not letting me pick half stars.
Review copy provided by publisher
About the book
A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy. Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court. She’s the executioner.As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful 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 a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?