Book Review: The King of Rats (Melinda Salisbury)

Publisher: Scholastic

Pages: 48

Release Date: July 29th 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

Five hundred years ago, Tallith was a utopia, populated by a proud and privilged people, none more so than Crown Prince Aurek, and his twin sister Aurelia. With their golden eyes and silver hair, the twins were the jewel in the crown of the realm, light and dark, night and day. The bright future of Tallith seemed assured in their hands.

But then the rats came.

From across the seas, they summon the rat catcher, desperate to rid their people of the plague attacking the very heart of Tallith. But the rat catcher brings with him more than just his trade; a beautiful daughter who will bow to no man. And when prince Aurek decides he will have her, come what may, he sets in motion a chain of events that will reshape the world for centuries to come…



I love the Sin Eater series and was super jealous when I saw people coming back from YALC with The King of Rats. Luckily, for those like me who couldn’t go, it’s also available to download from the Waterstones website here.

The beauty of this book is you don’t really need to read the series to read this one. It helps: I loved reading the actual story of the myth we hear about in the books, but if you chose this as your first venture into the world, you wouldn’t be confused or disappointed.

The writing is beautiful and vivid, as always, and I love the characters Salisbury creates. Prince Aurek especially is a favourite of mine, nasty as he can be, and reading this has just made me want to read The Sleeping Prince all over again, and got me really excited for The Scarecrow Queen. It’s definitely one of my most anticipated reads for 2017.

I love the kind of Pied Piper retelling, as that’s always been a story that’s fascinated me and really captured my imagination. I want to read more about the royal twins too: the snippets we’ve heard about them in other books is not enough, and this has just whet my appetite. I love this world and I’m hoping that there will be more novellas released in future, as this is a series I just keep wanting more from.

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