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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Book Review: The Sleeping Prince (Melinda Salisbury)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Scholastic

Pages: 336

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 🙁 )

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About Melinda Salisbury

Melinda Salisbury Latest Headshot (1) When not working on her next novel, Melinda Salisbury is busy reading and travelling, both of which are now more addictions than hobbies.

To find out more about Melinda check out here website – Or why not follow her on twitter – @ahintofmystery

Blog Tour

You can catch up with the rest of The Sleeping Prince tour here:

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Monday 1st February – Music, Books and Tea

Tuesday 2nd February – Tales of Yesterday

Wednesday 3rd February – The Bibliophile Chronicles

Thursday 4th February – Jess Hearts Books & Uncorked Thoughts

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