the sleeping prince


the sleeping princeTitle: The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #2)
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Publication Date: Feb 4, 2016
Genre: YA, Fantasy

Goodreads Summary:
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..


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My Review

First off, let’s take a moment to appreciate that beautiful cover! Another one I plan to own a physical copy of someday.

I loved The Sleeping Prince even more than The Sin Eater’s Daughter, the first book in this series. The Sleeping Prince is a perfectly dark villain, capable of mass homicide in his pursuit to reclaim what he sees as rightfully his, and revenge for what was done to him centuries ago.

I loved the legend woven throughout the novel about the Prince, and how  few of the characters are revealed to be connected with him in surprising ways.

This books was a joy to read through the author’s unique style of writing. It had an even pacing with some breathtaking, angsty moments, fighting scenes, mindblowing secrets and revelations, and a heroine I couldn’t help but admire for her tenacity, determination and loyalty.

A couple familiar faces make an appearance and their connection to the Prince is very intriguing. I liked that they made an appearance as it cleared up a few questions, and some relationships were mended and new understandings gained as a result, while others were pulled apart.

What I learned aobut the Sleeping Prince helps to shed new light on The Sin Eater’s Daughter and leaves me hunkering for more information in the next novel.

Overall, a real page-turner, which chapter after chapter, draws you further into into its beautifully dark world, and keeps you engaged on pins and needles, holding your breath at some places, until the stunning conclusion, which satisfies yet teases with what the next novel will hold for the characters. I loved it and I highly recommend this series.

My Rating

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About The Author

melinda salisburyMelinda 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. She can be found on Twitter at @AHintofMystery, though be warned, she tweets often.

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