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Author: Melinda Salisbury Narrator: Amy Shiels Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter Trilogy Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9780545857734
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A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy.

16-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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter…combines the compelling world-building narrative style of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling with the political intrigue of Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This dark fantasy, Salisbury’s debut, transports readers to a kingdom ruled by a terrifying mad queen…In a triumph of characterization, Salisbury makes the path of duty represented by the prince and that of passion represented by Lief equally compelling. In addition to creating vivid and varied characters, Salisbury has a talent for world building, populating her world with shiver-inducing legends, original customs, and political and religious debates.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Narrator Amy Shiels brings concern and angst to Twylla’s voice as she expresses her distrust of the royal family she’s been raised in…Shiels’ narration keeps the story exciting and balances political intrigue, an evil queen, and a love triangle in an engaging way. This is a good choice for listeners looking for a slow-paced listen with chilling characters and an open ending.”


  • “Luscious world building and mythology make this fantasy a worthy read. Twylla is strong and sensible, and teen fans of royal intrigue titles will be rooting for her.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Although there is a little bit of the typical love triangle that has become so frequent in young adult literature, there are enough twists to keep it interesting and fresh…The setting feels like a fantasy novel, but nonfantasy readers will enjoy the book, too. This is an excellent debut.”


  • “Twylla’s quiet strength does not fully mature until the very end, but the book is carefully crafted to slowly build Twylla up for a big decision. Lief is undoubtedly a fangirl’s dream…Readers who understand the understated and relish in courtly high fantasies will love this intricate book and all it has to offer; those with an interest in floral symbolism will especially enjoy it.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Twylla suffers identity crises, court conspiracies, and cruel revelations before being able to redefine herself. Through Twylla’s deliberate, present-tense narration, Salisbury weaves a complex tale of romance, religion, fairy tales, and politics…with impressive depth and emotion.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee
  • A 2016 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Novel

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About the Author

Melinda Salisbury is the author of three novels in the Sin Eater’s Daughter series and three in the Sorrow series. The Sin Eater’s Daughter was a finalist for the Young Adult Book Prize. She can be found on Twitter as @AHintofMystery.

About the Narrator

Amy Shiels is an Irish actress who trained with the Gaiety Theatre for three years in Dublin. Her film credits include The Abduction Club, Veronica Guerin, Cowboys & Angels, Shattered, and Citadel. Shiels also has experience in radio, television, and theater. She has bases in Los Angeles, London, and Dublin.