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Melinda Salisbury is a British author who lives by the sea in Essex. She has always been an avid reader and loves to travel. The Sin Eater’s Daughter is her first novel in a stunning new trilogy.
When not writing the next novel in the trilogy, Melinda Salisbury is busy reading and travelling, both of which are now more addictions than hobbies.
This spellbinding sequel to The Sin Eater’s Daughter heralds a welcome return to Salisbury’s rich realm of fantastical fiction.“It’s hard to remain on the side of reason when a five-hundred-year-old fairy tale comes to life and lays waste to the castle and the people in the country next door,” remarks Errin, the novel’s narrator, when the merciless Sleeping Prince awakens and launches an attack with his army of alchemical golems. When a state of war is declared and with a sick mother to support, resourceful Errin puts her apothecary training to use by selling illegal herbs. That’s how she befriends Silas, a young man who buys her deadliest poisons. On seeing her mother’s condition, Silas gives Errin a mysterious elixir that eases her symptoms. After Errin learns what this powerful potion is, and what he is, Silas offers to escort them to a place of refuge, but he vanishes, forcing Errin to face the perils of the warring kingdom without him. With plenty of high-octane action to keep the plot galloping apace, and a host of high-stake dilemmas, this all-round epic will be wolfed-down by fans of fantasy and fairy tale. ~ Joanne Owen
February 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. Like the very best fantasy, The Sin Eater’s Daughter creates a world that is both totally strange, and completely familiar. Twylla has been brought to the court of Lormere as the human embodiment of the daughter of the gods but in effect is little more than a slave to Queen Helewys, who rules her kingdom as a cruel, brutal tyrant. Indeed, Twylla is forced to work as executioner, fed a potion that makes her touch deadly. She is betrothed to the prince, but drawn to her bodyguard Leif. Torn between the two Twylla must regain control of her life and her body to survive. The fairy-tale background provides scope for memorable scenes of magic, while the court’s intrigues and the dangers to Twylla make this a taut thriller. ~ Andrea Reece