Welcome to Meet The Newbies, a co-hosted event from Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school aka the 2015 debut authors.
Meet Melinda Salisbury:
Melinda Salisbury lives by the sea, somewhere in the south of England. As a child she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matildawas her biography, in part helped by her grandfather often mistakenly calling her Matilda, and the local library having a pretty cavalier attitude to the books she borrowed. Sadly she never manifested telekinetic powers. She likes to travel, and have adventures. She also likes medieval castles, non-medieval aquariums, Richard III, and all things Scandinavian. The Sin Eater’s Daughter is her first novel, and will be published by Scholastic in 2015. She is represented by the amazing Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge and White.Links:
Meet her debut novel:
Title: The Sin Eater's Daughter
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #1
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: February 24th, 2015 by Scholastic Press
I am the perfect weapon. I kill with a single touch. Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it's price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla's fatal touch. Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla's chilling role to the girls she truly is. Yet in a court as dangerous and the queen's, some truths should not be told...
I LOVED THIS BOOK! You can check out my review of it HERE!
- Aged 17.
- 5 foot 4 inches tall, auburn haired, green eyed, slightly built, feet a little too large for her body.
- Characteristics include: trusting; faithful; obedient; diligent; dutiful; lonely and; dreamer.
- Skills include: ability to kill with one touch; excellent singing voice; outstanding poker face; good horsewoman; bends under pressure but does not break; remains strong under immense stress; observant; quick witted, and; adaptable.
- Engaged to Prince Merek, and has been since she was thirteen.
- Cannot read. Never needed to as the Sin Eater in training and the queen has never allowed her to, in a bid to keep her from becoming a useful queen to Merek and usurping her role.
- Does not know the identity of her father and; has two older twin brothers, and one younger sister, Maryl.
- As the eldest daughter of the Sin Eater of Lormere, Twylla was expected to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become the Sin Eater upon her mother’s death. Twylla never wanted to undertake this role, resenting the social stigma of it. Twylla wanted to follow a more traditional life, including marriage and children. Attending an Eating at Lormere Castle gave her dreams of a life of luxury, though no one was more surprised than her when the queen of Lormere insisted she was Daunen Embodied, the earthly representative of the child of the Lormerian Gods. And so began her new life, as treasured member of the Lormerian court.
- Twylla is simultaneously afraid to trust anyone, yet desperate to have a friend. She’s terrified that every time she loves someone, she loses them, but she’s so bone-shaking-ly alone it crushes her constantly. She relies on the Gods to keep her from caving in on herself.
- Has spent every possible moment studying the queen and how she behaves with others and is an expert in not attracting her attention any more than necessary. Hates the queen with passion.
- Does not believe her life will contain any more than it does. Tries hard, and fails often, to reconcile herself to this belief.
- Aged 18.
- 5 foot 9 inches tall, brown haired, green eyed, medium build; quick to smile and laugh; is very good looking.
- Characteristics include: reckless; quick-tempered (though equally quick to apologise); optimistic; determined; confident; ambitious; passionate and; clever.
- Skills include: Storytelling; sword fighting; tree climbing; juggling; some healing, and; animal husbandry (especially with cows).
- Was born in Tremayne, the second largest town in Tregellan, after the capital Tressalyn. Tremayne is a walled town, and houses around 3500 souls, in both the town itself and outlying farmsteads and hamlets. Lief lived there all his life, until his father’s accidental death at home.
- Lief applied for a job at the castle as he needs to the money to support his mother, and his younger sister, Errin, whom he is very, very fond of. The siblings were close, growing up.
- Lief took the death of his father and the loss of their farm – his inheritance – very hard, he was desolate when his family had to leave their farm, being a successful farmer was his life-long dream, to the point where he’d bore his mother and sister to tears over the dinner table discussing farming techniques with his equally-passionate father.
- Always wanted a dog growing up, but there was never a need for one on the farm. Used to name all of the cows on their farm, despite his father warning him not to get too attached to them.
- Would do anything to protect and feed his family, even work for his family’s hereditary enemy in Lormere.
- Cannot sing, but can whistle very well. Can also dance, but only because his mother taught him so he wouldn’t shame the family at the annual May Fire fest in their town.
- Cannot hide his emotions well, simply because he’s never needed to. Has always been loved and supported and is worried by his new role as chief breadwinner in a world very different to the one he knew.
- He’s fascinated by Twylla, who is like something from a story to him. He knows he should remain focussed on his job in Lormere, for the sake of his family, but cannot help being drawn to her.
- Aged 19 years old;
- 6 foot tall, muscular, wiry build, dark curly hair, dark, serious eyes, rarely smiles
- Characteristics include: serious; pensive; blunt – occasionally to the point of rudeness; watchful; determined; diligent; ambitious; loyal; insecure, and; lonely;
- Skills include: sword fighting; jousting; skilled horseman; excellent chess player; well-read; learned and interested in further learning; and; diplomacy;
- Merek is the only son and heir of the House of Belmis – the royal house of Lormere. His sister and future bride died aged three, leaving the royal family in turmoil. His father, King Rohese, died shortly afterwards, leaving his remaining family as his mother, Helewys, and her cousin, Terryn, whom she later married to hold her throne.
- As a child, Merek’s mother doted on him, though distantly, and he has few memories of his father or sister. He mostly remembers a constantly changing parade of guards and tutors – as with Twylla, the queen moved them on often to prevent Merek from bonding too closely to any of them.
- Merek has recently returned from a two-year progress across Tregellan and Tallith. Those two years have opened his eyes to everything he feels is wrong with his mother’s rule, and the woman herself. From spending time firstly in a country that values diplomacy, reasoning and medicine, and then seeing the legacy of the fall of Tallith, Merek is worried Lormere will founder if changes aren’t made. He also knows his mother will block every change, wherever she can and he often wonders about her sanity.
- The first time he saw Twylla, he was stunned by her, by the brightness of her hair, by the way she slipped out of his father’s funeral to sing in the castle. To him she was an omen that good things were still to come and that there was still brightness to be found in the world. Though he loves his step-father, he has never quite forgiven him for speaking to Twylla first, and for holding her hand.
- It was Merek who inadvertently made his step-father, and by turn, his mother, realise Twylla was Daunen Embodied. A year before a tutor had told taught him the history of Carac and Cedany, and Daunen and the Golden Age, and he thought of it the moment he saw the flame-haired little girl who sang so beautifully. When he asked Terryn during supper one night if the little girl had been Daunen, Helewys had gasped and realised Merek could be right, though it took her a further seven years of research and spying to be sure of it.
- Merek believes wholeheartedly that with Twylla by his side he can bring about the reforms he knows Lormere needs to survive and he will do whatever he can to bring it about sooner rather than later.
- Aged 39.
- 5 foot 9, dark haired, dark eyed, slender, haughty and cold
- Characteristics: cruel; calculating; vicious to the point of sadism; ambitious; cunning; deceptive; commanding; clever, and; manipulative.
- Skills: Well-read and learned; skilled horsewoman; decisive leader; strategic; not afraid to make tough decisions; not afraid of anything, to be honest.
- Helewys was the oldest child of Carac and Cedany, famed warriors and rulers during the war with Tregellan and subsequent Golden Age of Lormere. Her younger brother, Tuan, was born eighteen months later, but died aged three months, one week after the betrothal between them. Her second brother, Rohese, was born when Helewys was four, and the two later wed when Rohese was sixteen, and Helewys was twenty. Merek was conceived on their wedding night, their daughter, Alianor, five years later.
- During Helewys’s childhood, she saw her cousins Tuala, Tamaris and Hector II all die before they reached their teens, leaving only her, Rohese and Terryn, her cousin and later second husband, to survive to adulthood. Helewys saw this as a sign she alone was strong enough to honour the House of Belmis, a hope she sees continuing in her son.
- Helewys was more concerned with ruling, and learning history and the art of war, than with either her husband or children. Despite what Merek thought of his father, it was the queen who ran the country and was more concerned with ruling, whilst his father hunted, sported and seduced maids. It’s possible Merek has half-siblings, though Helewys did her best to alleviate this threat to her throne.
- Helewys has always been robustly, almost obnoxiously healthy, despite her lineage. When her daughter Alianor was born sickly and feeble, Helewys was repulsed by her, and spent little time with her, giving her care over first to wet nurses then to nursemaids and nannies. She was relieved when Alianor died, and had already begun trying to conceive again, despite Rohese’s reluctance.
- Rohese’s death was a surprise to all, and initially Helewys planned to rule Lormere alone, until growing rebellion made it clear she had to wed her last remaining cousin, Terryn, or risk an uprising like in Tregellan one hundred years before.
- Helewys’s greatest dream is to go down in history as the greatest queen Lormere ever knew
Thank you to Melinda Salisbury for providing a signing Hard Cover copy of The Sin Eater's Daughter (INT)
Remember to mark down on your calendar that May 22nd @ 8pm EST the first Meet The Newbies twitter chat is taking place using the hashtag #MTN2015