This YA novel is a fantasy with a large scope set in a beautifully-realised second world. It’s a great choice for contemporary teens, particularly as it’s written with a strong feminist sensibility. This includes some great examples of female community and relationships, as we move through the trilogy.
Beautiful writing and themes of duty, sacrifice and loyalty make this a compelling read, delivered in lyrical prose.
Movellas has the opening chapter available to view and this could be used with pupils as the focus for a lesson activity (although of course I would also recommend picking up a copy or three for your school/classroom library).
Use the first eight paragraphs, up to ‘I have other demands on my time.’ as a practice AQA GCSE Lang Paper 1 Q3: ‘How has the writer structured their work to interest you as a reader? This section has plenty to discuss in terms of building tension, shifting timelines and hints/foreshadowing.
The Sin Eater’s Daughter (together with a further two books to make up the trilogy) is out now from Scholastic in the UK.
Look out for a more detailed review in a fortnight, with another teaching idea.