THIS REVIEW IS PART OF THE 'THE SLEEPING PRINCE' BLOG TOUR. YOU CAN SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST
TITLE: The sleeping Prince
SERIES: The sin eater's daughter, book 2
AUTHOR: Melinda Salisbury
RELEASE DATE: February 4th 2016 OUT NOW
SYNOPSIS: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.
I read, and loved, the sin eaters daughter when it came out last year. I thought it was a deeply engrossing and well written fantasy story, and I was desperate to read the sequel as soon as I finished it. I am very pleased to say that the sleeping prince definitely reached the (extremely high) bar set by it's predecessor. In fact, I think it surpassed it!
Melinda Salisbury's writing is spell binding. I don't even know how she did it, but she sucked me completely into the story on the very first page and kept me there long after the last one. Even when there wasn't anything happening, I was still completely captivated by this book. Her writing is so rich and detailed that, to be honest, I would probably be completely fascinated by her shopping lists. Is that weird? It's probably weird.
The plot was really intriguing and original, however I did think that it could drag a little bit, especially near the middle. I was still really enjoying it, I just thought that some scenes could have been tightened up. Then the ending happened. There's not much I can say without spoiling everything (and trust me, you don't want that), just that the last 50 pages of this book are epic and heartbreaking and they ripped me to shreds.
Errin has got to be one of my new favourite protagonists. I loved her! She's so strong and bad ass, but at the same time she's so vulnerable and I couldn't help but feel for her for the entire book. That girl went through way too much. I also loved Silas (actually, I just want my own Silas. Where can I get a Silas from?), and Dimia was one of the best side characters I've read about for ages. Once again, I don't want to spoil anything, but both of them had brilliant backstories and I thought they added so much to the book. The sleeping prince himself is super creepy, but that just makes him a fascinating villain. I just loved the characters a lot, basically.
I loved the plot twists throughout the story, even though I totally should have seen some of them coming. There were multiple times when I started screaming and gasping at the book, and others where I just sort of froze up and sat staring at it blankly for ages. It takes a very special kind of writer to be able to do that. The epilogue (again, I can't say much without spoiling it) left me breathless and shaking and practically begging for the next book. I think I'm still in shock. Help me.
The sleeping prince is a fascinating and lushly written story that kept me captive in it's world for days. I had a few issues with the pacing, but aside from that I completely loved it. Did I mention that I need the next book, like, right now? You can't just leave me like this!