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.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.
[Page 13, UK paperback]
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.
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.