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Friday, April 17, 2020

Review: Sin Eater by Megan Campisi @atriabooks #MeganCampisi #SinEater

Sin Eater 
by Megan Campisi

Thank you to Atria for this copy.

Publisher: Atria
Publish Date: April 7, 2020
304 Pages
Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy

The Sin Eater walks among us, unseen, unheard
Sins of our flesh become sins of Hers
Following Her to the grave, unseen, unheard
The Sin Eater Walks Among Us.

For the crime of stealing bread, fourteen-year-old May receives a life sentence: she must become a Sin Eater—a shunned woman, brutally marked, whose fate is to hear the final confessions of the dying, eat ritual foods symbolizing their sins as a funeral rite, and thereby shoulder their transgressions to grant their souls access to heaven.

Orphaned and friendless, apprenticed to an older Sin Eater who cannot speak to her, May must make her way in a dangerous and cruel world she barely understands. When a deer heart appears on the coffin of a royal governess who did not confess to the dreadful sin it represents, the older Sin Eater refuses to eat it. She is taken to prison, tortured, and killed. To avenge her death, May must find out who placed the deer heart on the coffin and why.

My Review:

Historical Fiction? CHECK.  Dark, wild premise that delivers? CHECK CHECK.

"The Unseen is now seen.  The Unheard is now heard.  The sins of your flesh becomes to sins of mine to be borne to my grave in silence."

When you read as much as I do, you start to notice similarities in books and therefore tend to see what the differences are now within the same kind of story regurgitated by a different author.  But no.  Campisi SHINES in this debut novel. 

Could you imagine that your punishment is to eat the sins of the dying?  No one can see or hear you (or at least pretend that they can't) unless you're uttering the words to allow them to and then you take on the task of eating their sins so they can meet the Maker basically cleansed.  But who eats theirs?  And when your job becomes a part of a basic conspiracy with the hoity toity... what do you do? How do you amend what is happening when you know it's wrong but YOU CANNOT BE SEEN OR HEARD. 

WOW.  Now I'll admit, I did find some lulls - for a while I was like - just how many times can I see her eat this terrible food, I mean sin, and listen to these confessions?  How does one take on this responsibility without going insane?  Listen, y'all.  You'll have to read this and find out.  Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the uniqueness of this story.  And if you like a dark historical fiction that is quite eccentric and one of a kind, you'll need to pick this one up.

I'm going to sit and think of what a Sin Eater might need to eat for me....


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