The Handmaid’s Tale meets Alice in Wonderland in this gripping and imaginative historical novel about a shunned orphan girl in 16th-century England who is ensnared in a deadly royal plot and must turn her subjugation into her power.
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.
I picked up this book a few months ago. I am kicking myself a little that I did not pick it up and start reading it sooner until now. There are mentions of this book being a cross between The Handmaid's Tale meets Alice in Wonderland. I have not seen The Handmaid's Tale yet but honestly, I would not say this book has similarities to Alice in Wonderland. It is more unique and dark.
Which I really enjoyed for the fact that this book was something different that I have not read in a long time. It actually made me think of one of my favorite series by Maria Snyder and the first book that started it all, Poison Study. That series like this one is fantasy. However, I would say this book is darker.
All of the characters in this book were great. I really connected to them all. Besides the characters, it was the world that author, Megan built as well that had me hooked. This book is easily a five star recommended read for me. I read this book in one day. I want more.