Oh boy, what an amazing book this turned out to be. I had really high expectations after reading The Sin Eater’s daughter. It did not disappoint me! Here is my review for The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury.
The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter #2
Published: Scholastic – February 4th 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
A thread that was once thought a fairy tale has become a reality. The Sleeping Prince has awoken and has started to take control of the land. Ever since her brother Lief left, Errin has been left alone with her sick mother to fend for herself. She must do what she can to survive. Errin lives a hard life which is constantly filled with worry and uncertainty. She sells illegal remedies and potions to people who can pay in order to put food in the table. If she is to be caught, she could be in serious trouble.
In order for her village to survive the looming thread of the war with The Sleeping Prince, an order has been issued for their evacuation. Their village shall become an outpost for the army since it is near the border. This is not good news for Errin. She cannot possibly evacuate because of her mother’s health. The only person that could possibly help her is Errin’s only friend, Silas. A mysterious man who has never shown his face to her, hidden behind a black hood. Even though she cannot explain the true reason for needing his help, he agrees to do so. But he disappears without a trace.
Feeling betrayed, Errin ventures out on her own in order to find someone who could help save her mother and protect them. War is imminent and throughout her journey, Errin encounters things that she never knew possible. The world around her is shattering, but she needs to press on.
Will Errin in the end be able to make the right decision?
The build up is fantastic
Going into The Sleeping Prince, I was excited. I was thrilled to bits to be venturing back into the world that The Sin Eater’s Daughter had set up. In the first book, we only got to discover what the palace of Lormere was like and only hear about the world outside. The Sleeping Prince was able to expand that knowledge ten-fold. Learning more about The Sleeping Prince and the “fairy tale” that he once was as well as other fairy tales was fascinating. Salisbury has really created an intricate world packed with mystery, strange folklore and I’m sure there will be more places to discover!
The story as a whole is incredibly heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. How is that even possible? Errin has been left all alone with a mother who she thinks has an infliction based on a fairy-tale. She can’t tell anyone because people would think she is crazy. Ever since her brother Lief left and her father died, she’s been alone. Even though her mother is alive, she might as well not be since she doesn’t act like a mother anymore.
Speaking about Errin, can I just gush about how amazing she is? She is such an amazing character. Although her mother practically wants to kill her, she does everything in her power to help her, even if she risks herself in the process. I loved her from the very beginning of the book and continued to fall in love with her as the story progressed. I laughed at times and was shocked. A whole awry of emotions were built up right to the very last moment. Errin needs to make decisions that no one her age should rightfully do, and she does it without question. Incredibly strong-willed and is ready to do about anything to protect the last remainders of her family.
Another amazing character was Silas. I don’t know why, but everything about him just screamed to me. Characters who are mysterious intrigue me, and Silas definitely did just that. His character building was beautiful. I think Silas is just meant to be liked in every way. Or maybe that is just me. Maybe.
Other side of the story
With The Sin Eater’s Daughter, we follow the story with Twylla on her journey of discovery. In The Sleeping Prince though, we follow Errin. Do you realize how satisfying that feels to me? I LOVE OTHER PERSPECTIVE STORY TELLING! Especially when the story is coming from a character you only hear about in the first story but never meet. It’s just an incredible thing to see the world through someone elses eyes. Sometimes I do get worried in case the other perspective is not as good as the first, but this book proved to be perfect.
It was beautiful and nerve-wrecking and I LOVED IT.
Overall thoughts of The Sleeping Prince.
I loved this book with every fiber of my being. Everything about it from the very start was written to perfection. Every single character was beautifully portrayed and you either fell in love with them or absolutely despised them (for example The Sleeping Prince. Screw that guy.) I am so happy that we got to see the world through Errin’s Eyes as the Sleeping Prince threat was rising.
Salisbury has blown everything up with this fantastic second book. Sometimes the second book in a series can be a let-down. Let me tell you something right now, this was NOT a let down at all. It was a fantastic read. Absolutely beautiful.
I can’t wait to wrap things up with the finale to this trilogy by reading The Scarecrow Queen.
Flails out of 5?
The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury, a beautiful journey back into the world of Lormere with Errin as she tries to save her mother and herself gets a well-deserved 5 out of 5 flails!