Book Review: The Sleeping Prince (Melinda Salisbury)
* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *
Release Date: February 4th 2016
Summary (from Goodreads):
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 am so excited to be part of the blog tour for The Sleeping Prince today. I loved The Sin Eater’s Daughter this time last year and was super excited to get my hands on the sequel. Big thank you to Faye Rogers and Scholastic for sending me a copy of the book and letting me be a part of the tour 🙂
Let’s start off with a cover gush – OMGitisgorgeous!! – because it is stunning and deserves all the praise in the world. This series has by far the best covers ever for me, I simply adore them.
Of course, a beautiful cover doesn’t make a wonderful book, and after enjoying The Sin Eater’s Daughter so much I was worried about how I’d find the sequel, especially as I’d gathered it didn’t directly follow on Twylla’s story from where the last book left off.
Of course, I should have had more faith in Melinda Salisbury and I shall never be a doubter again, because I bloody loved this book. It’s got the same star rating as the last one (I don’t go higher than 5) but I honestly felt like I enjoyed this book even more than the first. I think it was probably just the joy of being in the world again – I love the fairy tale aspects, and exploring more of the world this time, and through someone else’s eyes.
Errin is a brilliant protagonist and I really felt for her as she tried desperately to keep together her crumbling family. I love having to face the question of how far would you go to protect your family, and Errin has to make some tough choices here. There’s still some romance in this book, but less so than in the first, and no pesky love triangle, so I was more than happy. The Sleeping Prince is a villain to rival the Queen from the first book – I’m not sure which I’d rather have to face, though I think the Prince’s cruelty just tips it for me. He’s seriously evil.
This is a real page turner and you can’t help but getting sucked in straight away – it’s one of those “I’ll just read one more chapter…” books and before you know it you’ve almost finished and are about to miss your train stop. The imagery is beautiful, the writing just flows and the characters are fully fleshed out people that you really care about.
For those who, like me, loved the first book, then I assure you this is the perfect follow up. And if you’ve yet to read either then I urge you to now – they’re both seriously brilliant. I can’t wait to see what comes next (but I guess I’ll have to suffer through another year before the sequel comes out – boo hoo 🙁 )
About Melinda Salisbury
When not working on her next novel, Melinda Salisbury is busy reading and travelling, both of which are now more addictions than hobbies.
You can catch up with the rest of The Sleeping Prince tour here:
Monday 1st February – Music, Books and Tea
Tuesday 2nd February – Tales of Yesterday
Wednesday 3rd February – The Bibliophile Chronicles
Friday 5th February – Maia and a Little Moore
Saturday 6th February – Bookish Outsiders
Sunday 7th February – The Book Moo
Monday 8th February – Mia in Narnia
Tuesday 9th February – So Many Books, So Little Time
Wednesday 10th February – Emma’s Bookery
Thursday 11th February – The Books Bandit
Friday 12th February – Big Book Little Book
Saturday 13th February – The Reading Fangirl
Sunday 14th February – Literary-ly Obsessed