Unlike Throwback Thursday, I’m using Fridays to look ahead to books publishing soon that I’m excited for! Sin Eater by Megan Campisi is one I haven’t heard much about, but sounds absolutely fascinating.
Expected Release: April 7, 2020
Why wait on this one?
- The idea of a sin eater is morbid and fascinating. I have so many questions that I’m desperate to see answered, like the symbolism of each food item to each sin, and if the girls are truly “inheriting” the sins and will face punishment for them after their own deaths.
- Hearing the sins of the damned is like the most shocking gossip possible. That’s not usually something I’m interested in, but since May’s crime was stealing bread, I’m suspicious of what other crimes people committed.
- The MC, May, will probably be a dark-hearted witch. I’m angling for a vibe similar to Foul is Fair or The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. I guess I’m in a bit of a mood for darkness right now!
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.