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The Sin Eater

The Sin Eater

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1700s: Can you uncover the truth when you’re forbidden from speaking it?

  • ISBN: B0811YTG6X
  • Genre: Historical

What you need to know before your trail

A Sin Eater’s duty is a necessary evil: she hears the confessions of the dying, eats their sins as a funeral rite. Stained by these sins, she is shunned and silenced, doomed to live in exile at the edge of town.

Recently orphaned May Owens is just fourteen, only concerned with where her next meal is coming from. When she’s arrested for stealing a loaf of bread, however, and subsequently sentenced to become a Sin Eater, finding food is suddenly the last of her worries.

It’s a devastating sentence, but May’s new invisibility opens new doors. And when first one then two of the Queen’s courtiers suddenly grow ill, May hears their deathbed confessions – and begins to investigate a terrible rumour that is only whispered of amid palace corridors.

Travel Guide

Travel to the Sin Eaters of England in the 1700s BookTrail style

Megan Campisi has recreated a fantastical and historical re imaging of life in sixteenth century England.  It’s the reign of Queen Elizabeth I at the time which is Bethany in the book.

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.”


Sin Eaters

IF a person is caught stealing food, they are branded a sin eater and a collar placed around her neck. That person is shunned from society and is taken to a house of someone who is dying. They must than listen to the confession of the dying person and place the food associated with that sin on the coffin. Once the sin eater eats that food, they take on the sin of the dead so that the dead person is free to enter heaven.

Booktrail Boarding Pass: The Sin Eater

Destination/location: England   Author/Guide:  Megan Campisi Departure Time: 1700s

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