Synopsis: “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.”
The Sleeping Prince is the eagerly awaited sequel to Melinda Salisbury’s debut novel, The Sin Eater’s Daughter, and it’s definitely worth the wait.
Instead of following Twylla, the original protagonist, the POV character is now Lief’s sister, Errin. Evacuated from her makeshift home because of the war the Sleeping Prince is waging, she must travel the kingdom in an attempt to save her sick mother.
The book starts off as dramatically as it continues, Salisbury isn’t afraid of shocking the reader. Dark and fantastical, the story weaves together beautifully. Hints and clues (throughout this novel and the first) twist and tie together seamlessly, leading to many an “OH!” moment. All of this is topped off with interesting mythology and backstories that build up the vividness of the world and give it a distinctive fairytale feel.
The problem with reviewing this novel is the very fact that there are so many twists and turns. It’s difficult to say much without spoiling anything so I’m going to leave this review short and vague. And it is of course another reason to go and read it right now.
“Mysterious boys are not as enjoyable in reality as they are in stories.”
“Fortune favors the bold.” I smile weakly.
“So does death,” she counters immediately. “The craven tend to live much longer than the heroic.”
Top three reasons to read:
- You can never tell what’s going to happen, this novel is the opposite of predictable.
- The characters are so well written and you will often find yourself either loving to hate them or hating to love them.
- Melinda Salisbury is a sadist. You will feel a lot of emotions.