Release Date: February 4th 2016
Buy The Book: Amazon - Waterstones
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.
Melinda Salisbury has done it again; she’s completely consumed my life with another story. When I read The Sin Eater’s Daughter, I couldn’t put it down for two days straight. Now here I am again, trying to bring myself back to reality after another binge on the sequel, The Sleeping Prince.
I didn’t know what to expect going into this book, because instead of being told by Twylla, the protagonist of the previous story, this one follows Errin Vastel, the sister of Lief, Twylla’s former love interest. I was a little apprehensive about how the story would work switching narratives, but I had nothing to worry about. This story was brilliant from start to finish.
The prologue alone tore my heart out. THAT PROLOGUE. Honestly, I’m never going to be over it. If I thought the story would start off lightly, I was highly mistaken. We’re thrown straight into the drama from those first few pages. I had to put the book down for a moment to come to terms with what had just happened.
We meet some new characters in this story. Our current protagonist Errin is feisty and wonderful, and she broke my heart with her level of dedication to protect her mother. And we also meet Silas Kolby. Oh my goodness, did I adore him. Learning more about him throughout the book was a joy.
The story is fast paced throughout and I adore Melinda’s writing style because whilst she spares no detail, every word is chosen with care. There weren’t any paragraphs that were unnecessary. I also adored how this book linked up with The Sin Eater’s Daughter in a really clever way. The Sleeping Prince himself was an awfully chilling character and the few scenes he was in were utterly creepy.
THE ENDING. I still haven’t fully processed my thoughts on that ending, and I can’t really say too much for fear of spoiling but OH MY GOD??? Just when I thought this story couldn’t throw another twist at me, it drops the mother of all cliff-hangers. WHEN CAN I GET MY HANDS ON THE NEXT BOOK?
I can’t praise this story enough because there really wasn’t a dull moment to be found. It’s a beautifully written tale that is jam-packed with surprises and strong characters. I’m so excited to see what’s in store next. What will happen to these wonderful characters?? Who knows??? I can’t wait to find out.
P.S. If you haven't read The Sin Eater's Daughter yet, what are you waiting for? Go read the thing.