The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
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?
Twylla lives in fear of touching anyone. The only person she had ever gotten close to, died by her hand. The queen uses Twylla like a tool, for fear and intimidation. But when Twylla receives a new, young guard, everything begins to change.
The Sin Eater’s Daughter is a unique and inspired YA fantasy. It’s a completely unpredictable and captivating tale. The characters are engaging; and the story is full of suspense, intrigue, drama, and a bit of romance. Though some may be disappointed with the somewhat vague ending, I highly recommend this one.