The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

 

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 wayto 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. 1

The Sleeping Prince is the second book in the Sin Eater’s Daughter series following Errin’s story.  Errin is the sister of Lief, our young guard who watched over and fell in love with Twylla in the first story.  Much has changed since our first story.  Errin believes Lief to be dead with so much time having passed and no contact from him.  Lief was to be a guard in the next kingdom, but when the horrors of story books have come to life and taken over the kingdom, she cannot believe him to still be alive.  The Sleeping Prince has awoken, taking over the neighbouring kingdom and killing the young prince Merrick and Twylla gone into hiding.    Before the death of her father, Errin had been training at the apothecary in town, but since his death and the disappearance of Lief, she has been forced to use her knowledge to create poisons for cash to support her and her ill mother.  With the sleeping prince awoken from a story book, it is not far off for Errin to believe that her mother has been afflicted with a story book curse.  With the help of a mysterious hooded figure, Errin has been able to make money off the poisons she makes for him.  The sleeping prince is on the move and the boarder’s between their kingdoms is threatened by the sleeping prince and the golems he controls.  The people of her town have nowhere else to go and many have been evacuated.  Errin must trust a man whom she’s never seen the face of to help her and her mother.

The tale of the Sleeping Prince takes Errin on a journey across her kingdom and reveals long lost secrets.  As people’s identities are revealed, our story builds to kingdom’s in ruin, death and betrayal and long dead secrets come to life.  People must put aside their differences and rise up together with unlikely allies.

The end of the book really picks up and I found Errin to be a much better character to follow than Twylla.  Although much of Twylla’s life is in chaos because of secrets and lies, she isn’t a very strong character and is rather broken by the end of the story.  The Sleeping Prince’s story connects the characters between the first and second story and begins to ignite a fire for the character of Twylla which will hopefully burn bright in the next book.

If the next book is available in audiobook I will most likely start it and see how the journey continues.  The ending for the Sleeping Prince leaves the reader with some surprises and intrigue and us guessing as to how things will play out.  The Sleeping Prince is a step up in the Sin Eater’s Daughter series and brings a lot of what the first story was lacking to make an alluring tale.  Although I am open to the idea of reading the next book, the reality is I may forget about it before that ever happens, especially with there being four books in total with The Sin Eater’s Daughter, The Sleeping Prince, The Scarecrow Queen and the King of Rats.

 

  1. Book summary courtesy of Melinda Salisbury’s webpage.
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