Title: The Sin Eater
Author: Megan Campisi
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Publication Date: 31 March 2020
Source: ARC from Publisher
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.
The Sin Eater was a captivating and entertaining read. I loved the premise and the faux-historical setting (alternate history really) and the story and characters came across well. The pacing was good and the tale action packed, and I was always eager to turn the page to discover what would happen next. The imagery is great, especially in the way foods are matched to different sins, and May is a character I could really get behind and feel for. Overall, this was a very enjoyable read and I recommend it both to fans of historical fantasy and historical fiction readers looking for something a little different from their normal fare. 4.5 stars.
I received this book as a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.