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The Sin Eater's Daughter

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Romantic fantasy has strong writing, weak heroine.

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With THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER, debut novelist Melinda Salisbury creates a vividly detailed, deliciously dark, rich fantasy world that immediately draws the reader in. She keeps the pages turning with a steadily building plot that sometimes surprises but is more often predictable. Salisbury finds a compelling voice for her heroine, with prose that occasionally soars, such as "delicate fingers of autumn stroking the edges of the shadows." But the third act descends into more classic, bodice-ripper-style (read "cheesy") dialogue that will no doubt make romance lovers swoon but keeps the novel from elevating itself beyond genre fiction.

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