I’m so pleased to be on The Sleeping Prince tour hosted by the fabulous Rockstar Book Tours. I loved The Sin Eater’s Daughter last year and this sequel did not disappoint. I’ll be sharing my review and a giveaway on my stop of the tour.
About the Book
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.
About the Author:
Melinda Salisbury lives by the sea, somewhere in the south of England. As a child she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matilda was 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.
I was a tad surprised to find that The Sleeping Prince was written in a different character’s point of view than in The Sin Eater’s Daughter. If I’d read the summary I’d have been aware of this. But, having known how much I loved the first book I didn’t even bother to read the summary… I knew I wanted to read this follow-up no questions asked.
This time we see things from Errin’s view (sister of Lief). The novel picks up after the events in The Sin Eater’s Daughter though I’m not entirely sure how much time has passed between the two books. Things are not looking that great for the residents of this world because the man of legend and myth- the Sleeping Prince- has awoken.
I felt that this novel was a bit faster paced than TSED and, again, so much attention was given to the world that Salisbury has created. I absolutely love that I really felt that this world and its people have a history. I think that seeing things from a different POV actually helped me see so much more.
In the last novel we had a very limited view of the world since the story took place mainly in the castle. Twylla was unaware of much that surrounded her so some of that mystery and world building were revealed. But, at the same time so many more questions were raised. I loved seeing how little threads of story here and there all interwove together.
The characters in this book were just as strong and well developed. Errin was so loyal and had so much riding on her shoulders. I loved how she could still manage to keep her head up and shoulder all that fell on her. She was brave, loyal and pretty darn amazing. Silas was wrapped in so much mystery I loved trying to guess things about him. Reading about Errin and him try to navigate what aspects they share with one another was really wonderful and had a very nice tension to it.
And I can’t possibly leave out the Sleeping Prince and his golems. I LOVED how creepy they were and how I could sooo easily picture him and his creatures. Golems in general are so overlooked in young adult fiction and I was so happy to have them play a role in this story (if you have an interest you should look into the history of Golems). Also, the Sleeping Prince was so delightfully evil and merciless. He was a bad guy to fear. The myth surrounding him has been one of my favorite aspects of the story so I was so excited to learn so much more and see him in action.
Once the story kicked into gear and pieces started to fall into place the pacing picked up and I did feel that a tiny bit of the character chemistry and development fell a smidgen short. I was immersed in the action and what was happening but I wished I’d felt a bit more emotion. Regardless though, I very much enjoyed this book start to finish and really am intrigued to see where the last book in the series takes us. I love that Salisbury seems to have so many secrets up her sleeve and I’m pretty confident after reading book 3 I’ll have an a-ha moment.
The Sleeping Prince had some wonderfully dark moments interspersed with strong characters, mysterious reveals and overall a very strong story line. I was surprised to realize that we’d be reading from a new character’s point of view but in the end I feel that this was a wonderful way to present this follow-up and I can’t wait for book three.
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