“Balance is supposed to be the principle that govern us. Sin and sacrifice. Night and day. Death and life.”

Pages: 304

Published: October 31st, 2017.

Rate: 3 ????????????

Genre: Fantasy 

Goodreads Synopsis:

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. 

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family. 
When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life. 
My Take 

First things first, a huge thank you to Sarah who sent me this copy. 

I have to say, the idea behind the cover, GENIUS!! If you look in closely you’ll notice different kinds of sin-beasts. 

Tochi has created a wonderful and unique world that explores how the privileged and under-privileged are viewed in the society.

I was intrigued by how the sin-beasts manifest and the process of fighting (eating) them. It’s something I still I can’t get over. I love how the Nigerian culture is incorporated and getting to know more about their mythology.

I did find the insta-romance between Taj, the main character, and the princess a little off and the ending in my opinion was rushed.

It took me a while to get into the book but when I did, I was entranced and couldn’t put it down. Great world building, wonderful writing and a magical read all round. 

“Myths and Legends, they all come from people.”

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