About The Book:
Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.
She’s the executioner.
As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company. But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy 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 Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.
However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
This book was stellar! There was so much to love about it from the characters, to the story world, to the romance, and I highly recommend it.
The main character Twylla, although not my favourite MC, was easy to connect with and was definitely easy to root for! She was taken away from her family at a young age when the Queen informed her that the Gods wished for her to become the “Goddess embodied”. Every month, she drinks a deadly poison (but it doesn’t kill her as a sign of the “Gods’ favour) and she executes the prisoners by merely touching them. It’s a super cool concept (although kind of confusing at first!), and it was something I had never seen done before.
I’ve heard some people call the romance a love triangle, but I wouldn’t really say that. Twylla is engaged to the prince, but she loves someone else instead. The romance was a really great aspect of the book, though, and I definitely enjoyed reading about it!
The storyworld that the author has created is so detailed that I felt like I was in the story with Twylla. The religion was complex, the social hierarchy was interesting, and the details (like Loremere’s relationship with other kingdoms) brought the world to life.
The ending was completely surprising! I loved it, but I’m also rather confused because Goodreads is informing me that this is a series, but the book seemed to wrap up very nicely. There was an epilogue and everything. Hmm…I’m not protesting though. A sequel would be much appreciated. If you enjoyed the Shatter Me trilogy, then you may want to consider reading this.