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The Sleeping Prince: A Sin Eater's Daughter Novel Hardcover – May 31, 2016
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Gr 9 Up—In The Sin Eater's Daughter, 16-year-old Twylla is engaged to the Prince of Loremere but is an outcast. People fear her because she also happens to be the kingdom's executioner. One simple moment of skin-to-skin contact with her will emit a poison that will kill. Twylla feels that no one will truly be able to love her. When a new guard, Lief, arrives at the jail, he looks at her like she is a real person. When they uncover a devious plot by the Queen to destroy Loremere's enemies that could place everyone in danger, they join together to save the kingdom. The second installment opens with the Queen awakening the Sleeping Prince, who is not very happy about the years he spent cursed from his long enchantment. The plot then follows Errin, Lief's sister, as she tries to take care of their ill mother, who she believes has "Scarlet Varulv," a disorder that causes her to act like a wild animal during the full moon, by selling illegal herbal cures in an effort to keep her out of an asylum. When her village is evacuated because of the impending war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin must travel across the kingdom to save her family. Give to teens who enjoy fairy-tale settings with good vs. evil conflicts and battles mixed with fantasy magic, strange creatures, and spooky folklore.
* "In addition to creating vivid and varied characters, Salisbury has a talent for worldbuilding, populating her world with shiver-inducing legends, original customs, and political and religious debates." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Through Twylla's deliberate, present-tense narration, Salisbury weaves a complex tale of romance, religion, fairy tales and politics . . . A satisfying read with impressive depth and emotion." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Luscious world-building and mythology make this fantasy a worthy read. Twylla is strong and sensible, and teen fans of royal intrigue titles will be rooting for her." -- School Library Journal
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Where The Sin-Eater’s Daughter took place in the gilded cage of a royal palace, The Sleeping Prince starts in a tiny, impoverished border town in the neighboring democratic country. Errin is just trying to get by and take care of her cursed and dangerous mother after her father died and her brother (Lief from book one) disappeared. When war approaches with the titular Sleeping Prince, a figure from the distant past returning to wreak havoc, Errin’s village is evacuated and soldiers arrive. Errin soon learns about the dark side of her country as refugees are abused and the border closed.
Desperate for a mysterious potion that keeps her mother’s curse at bay, Errin blackmails her only friend–and when she relents, he seemingly betrays her. Alone, Errin sets out on a cross-country journey that sees her meet up with Twylla, the previous book’s heroine, and find out about her brother’s true fate.
One thing I really liked about this book is that Errin is ordinary, heroic, and specific all at once. She’s a skilled apothecary, this interest rounding out her character and providing her a way to make a living, but she can’t create the potion that cures her mother. She survives a cross-country flight on horseback, but it’s clear to everyone she meets that she’s barely holding it together and that she’d do better to ask others for help. She’s also prone to attacks of anxiety, though somewhat too conveniently, she never freezes up when it would be inconvenient for the plot. When she does things like blackmail her friend, it’s clear she’s acting out of desperation, and she does relent. It feels like a real case of a good person brought to doing bad things, rather than an attempt to make the protagonist edgy.
I also love the darkness of Salisbury’s world. The villainous queen of book one is missing here, but there’s the chilling, sadistic Sleeping Prince instead. The epilogue, in particular, is nightmare-dark before it offers the reader some hope for the next book.
It was also great to see a realistic democratic country in a fantasy world, with all the same injustices we see in real democracies, but still better than monarchy.
On the negative side, the Sin-Eater’s backstory as revealed in this book is too exculpatory–it makes her a bit boring compared to her earlier ambiguity. Also, a lot of information is crowded into the final third of the book, which I felt was not, until the very end, as strong as the first two thirds.
I can’t wait to see how it all ends in The Scarecrow Queen, due out next year.
Hidden goddesses and priestesses...
Blood curses and cures...
My favorite parts are the characters from the sin eaters daughter: Lief being alive, Twylla escaping and Merc being alive
My least favorite part- all the deaths- though that is how war is...
Oh my god… So many emotions right now! There was heartbreak and anger and relief and so, so much love. At the beginning I was biting my nails and at the end I was jumping up and down squealing (I tried not to but I really couldn’t help it, much to my brother’s shock. However the same thing happened at the end of The Sin Eater’s Daughter so I wasn’t really surprised!)
A fantastic book and brilliant sequel, I had no clue where the story would go following a new set of characters (that I have grown to love, particularly Silas who needs a damn hug) but I knew it would be an epic journey and I wasn’t disappointed. As always Melinda painted a beautiful tale filled with rich settings, vivid characters and astonishing secrets; add in lots of murder, angst and a villain who’s just too good (in that evil way) and hey presto! I have a new favourite book of 2016.
I couldn’t get enough of The Sleeping Prince (book & character) because he’s twisted in all the ways that make him fascinating. His lore helped The Sin Eater’s Daughter make so much sense and when the two collided as new friendships formed there was no going back.
One thing is for sure, I am desperate for the final instalment and by desperate I mean I WANT IT IN MY HANDS SOON ELSE I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO FOR HOWEVER MANY MONTHS!
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