Published by Scholastic Press on February 24th 2015
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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?
I listened to the audiobook of this novel.
The book had some novel ideas… a girl who could not be touched due to poison in her veins, a mysterious guard from another land, a ritual of eating foods for a deceased persons’s death. However, ultimately little was done with these ideas. While the book was no doubt entertaining, and the narrator top notch, the story ultimately fell flat. The author tried to force it into a very generic three-way love triangle. All of the unique elements were forgotten or pushed aside. And then we have Twylla, a character who is given a tremendous opportunity to help thousands of people, and throws it all away for nothing. And she has a wonderful, powerful man in her life and she just keeps turning him down for the “bad boy” in her life. It’s actually rather lame. One redeeming quality of the book though is the queen, who is evil through-and-through and thus quite entertaining.
Overall not the worst book I have read, but not super great either. It was a pleasure listening to the narrator though.