Published on: May 31st 2016
Published by: Scholastic
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
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This book is part of the Sin Eater’s Daughter series. You can find links to my reviews for the rest of this series below:
The Sin Eater’s Daughter (Sin Eater’s Daughter #1)
The Sleeping Prince (Sin Eater’s Daughter #2)
The Scarecrow Queen (Sin Eater’s Daughter #3)
Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater’s Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.
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 was a little bit nervous going into this one as it was from a totally different POV (from a character we had never met before) than The Sin Eater’s Daughter, and I have been burned by this is the past. However, I had absolutely nothing to worry about, and I loved these new characters just as much, if not more than the originals!
I am a massive fan of the world in this series and I loved that in this book we got to see even more of it. We even get a map! (BIG fan of maps).
“Mysterious boys are not as enjoyable in reality as they are in stories.“
I absolutely adored Errin as out new MC. Yes, she has her vulnerabilities but she is totally smart and will lieterally do anything for those that she cares about. She is afraid to blackmail or steal and it was really refreshing to have a character who would actually stand up for herself (although scared whilst doing it, because you know she is human!) and will most of the time out think the person she is standing up to. From the ending of this book it looks like she has got some big plans up her sleeve and I can’t WAIT to see what they are!
“How do I tell her?” he said. “How do I tell her he’s gone?”
I really liked trying to figure out Errin and Silas. They are both very secretive characters, which you would think worked against them and their relationship, but it doesn’t. It makes it even better. And I really like that it is not massively focused on a romance, so we get this really strong trust between them and a protective instinct for each other, which then starts to develop into something more. Really really liked the development of these two together.
“Ask no questions and you’ll be told no lies“
As I mentioned above I was wary at first of the switch in POV but actually found it refreshing to see the world and the impact of the Sleeping Prince being awake to someone who was not a upperclass/member of royalty, and instead just for the ‘normal’ everyday village people too. I will admit that I would have liked some insight into Silas’ head too, not thoroughout the whole book, but there were just some scenes that I would have loved to have known what he was thinking.
“Fortune favors the bold.” I smile weakly.
“So does death,” she counters immediately. “The craven tend to live much longer than the heroic.”
I loved the Queen as our bad guy in book 1 and although I don’t love the Sleeping Prince as much as her, he is still pretty awesome. We don;t really have too much information on exactly what he is up to at the moment, so for now he is just a really creepy guy who is killing everyone out of revenge. Which is as good a reason as any I suppose. Lots of fighting, murders, stabbing etc in this one, and Salisbury is not afraid to have her bad guy take out characters that we love (think she has been watching some GOT and felt inspired!). So prepare yourself, because literally no one in safe in the Sleeping Prince’s hands!
“Tell me, how does your neck support the weight of so much idiocy?“
The book answered a lot of questions throughout and we do still see some of the original characters from The Sin Eater’s Daughter. I really enjoyed how our old and new characters fates twisted together and there are going to be some interesting new relationships being built upon in the next book. There were some questions that we haven’t had answered and I am really looking forward to the next book and the discovery of some of these things.
“I suppose it’s hard to remain on the side of reason when a five-hundred-year-old fairy tale comes to life and lays waste to the castle and people in the country next door.”
There is no fear of second book syndrome with this one, it is just as good if not even better than the first and builds up perfectly (with an amazing ending!) making us desperate to get our hands on book 3!
My Rating: Loved
I would recommend this book to fans of: fantasy worlds, magic, forbidden romance, stories about royal families