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Publisher's Summary

"A riveting depiction of hard-won female empowerment that weaves together meticulous research, unsolved murder - and an unforgettable young heroine." (The Washington Post)

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, 14-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.

"A keenly researched feminist arc of unexpected abundance, reckoning, intellect, and ferocious survival" (Maria Dahvana Headley, author of The Mere Wife) Sin Eater is "a dark, rich story replete with humor, unforgettable characters, and arcane mysteries. It casts a spell on your heart and mind until the final page" (Jennie Melamed, author of Gather the Daughters).

©2020 Megan Campisi (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Lush and atmospheric

I didn’t expect to enjoy this so much let alone add it to my favorites shelf, but a nice surprise that it turned out to be, and a very emotional read, too. The characters are very vividly written, combined with an extremely realistically created world including in how the local mythologies and beliefs of the Crown affected the local populace at any given time and vice versa. Extremely atmospheric and lushly written, this was a historical fiction teeming with magic that was as enjoyable as it is emotional of a read. Shiromi Arserio was a truly perfect choice to bring this book to life via audiobook, as well and i doubt that I would have enjoyed solely the text as much as I did the audiobook because of Shiromi’s excellent job.

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Best book I've read in awhile

The creativity in this book kept me engaged from start to finish. The beginning is dark, but it ends up having an empowering theme, I have already reccomeneded this book to friend's and family.

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Powerful story

May is a 14 year old girl who is cursed to become a Sin Eater after being caught stealing bread. A Sin Eater is the confessor for the people of her town; as death approaches they confess their sins to her and she agrees to take all their sins upon her soul so they can die clean. She then eats corresponding food off their coffin for each of the sins. This causes her to be shunned and feared by the people thinking she is fully corrupted by all the sins. While exercising her duties she discovers that there has been a colossal cover-up involving murder and treason. Unfortunately part of her curse is that she may not speak except in doing her duties as a Sin Eater. The transformation of her character from being hostile and angry, to vengeful, to realizing the peace she gives to the dying is very moving. The narration was excellent and Shiromi Arserio was a perfect choice. I would highly recommend this book.

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Confusingly

I liked that I learned a little something about Elizabethan times. I found names of characters confusing.

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Stop reading this review and start this book.

Holy moly seriously friends just listen this book is wholly fantastic. I’m going to buy it in book form too I liked it so much.

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This is one of the best books I've listened to in years. I recommend it highly.

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Must listen.

Loved this book. Couldn't wait to listen to the next part when I had to stop to do something else. Highly recommend.

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To become a Sin Eater was a punishment. You were gifted with a metal collar that was seen by all. No one ever looked at a Sin Eater. It was bad luck. And once a Sin Easter, always a Sin Eater. Or was it.

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surprisingly captivating

I didn't have super high hopes for this book, but just WOW. ITS A WONDERFUL READ

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Slooooow

My advice it to take a valium before reading. This is a interesting story that was something new. But I must say between the narrator and the story it is a slow burn.