Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Book Review: The Sleeping Prince [The Sin Eaters Daughter #2] by Melinda Salisbury

Title: The Sleeping Prince
Author: Melinda Salisbury
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Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Series: The Sleeping Prince #2
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: 4th February 2016
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater's Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin's life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won't reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.
My Thoughts
When I first heard about The Sleeping Prince I thought it was going to be a direct sequel, one that would pick up after the events in The Sin Eaters Daughter, but when I got it in my hands I realised it was more of a companion book, with cameos from some characters we love from the previous book.
Before we get to the review, just take a look at how stunning the cover is. Melinda has lucked out on the cover faeries again, they have done an AMAZING job.
I suppose it's hard to remain on the side of reason when a five-hundred-year-old fairy tale comes to life and lays waste to the castle and people in the country next door.
[Page 13, UK paperback]
The Sleeping Prince is a fairy tale. A story hundreds of years old that no one really believed until he attacked Lormere, destroying anything and anyone in his path on his quest to conquer the throne. The battle is bloody and brutal, and spectacularly amazing, and a perfect way to start the book off.

Errin lives in Almwyk with her sick Mum. She tries to go about each day, making sure she has enough food to survive, and trying to be as unobtrusive as possible. She is waiting for her brother to return before they leave the village, but an unexpected hitch puts her plan to a stop. The Sleeping Prince has attacked a nearby town, so Errin and the villagers find themselves being told to move out and travel to safety or the camps. But no-one knows about Errin's Mum, and she is unwilling to leave too soon. What follows is a series of events, that not only reintroduces us to some familiar characters, it also reveals some secrets.

The journey that we are taken on with The Sleeping Prince was not one I expected to take, but the twists and turns not only keep you guessing, but also wanting to know more. There were moments where I was in suspense, wondering what would happen next for Errin. Then something would be revealed that would surprise me. I fell into the pages of The Sleeping Prince head first, and I enjoyed every single page of it. I really admired Errin for what she does to ensure the safety of her family. She is strong and brave and is determined to do what is right. When everything fails for her, she doesn't dwell on it, she makes a new plan and does all she can to see it through.

I really liked how this linked with The Sin Eater's Daughter, but also works on it's own. The addition of characters we have already met added a nice little touch to this book, and really makes you root for the good guys. The character development didn't feel rushed or hurried, and I liked discovering things alongside Errin.

Final Verdict
The Sleeping Prince is another epic story from Melinda Salisbury, and I really wish I had the next book in my hands. I know the wait is going to be torture. The Sleeping Prince is another 5 star read from me, and it shows that not only does Melinda know how to capture our imagination, but the words 'second book syndrome' are not even in her vocabulary.

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