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.
About the Author
Melinda Salisbury was born in the 1980s in a landlocked city, before escaping to live by the sea. As a child, she genuinely thought Roald Dahl's Matilda was her biography. When she's not trying to unlock the hidden avenues of her mind, she's reading, writing, or travelling. She lives in the UK and can be found on Twitter as @AHintofMystery, though be warned she tweets often.
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In the Great Hall, the King of Lormere stood in pale cream breeches and a billowing white shirt, watching the Sleeping Prince warily. Behind him lay piles of bodies: soldiers, guards, and any servant who had been foolish enough to try to bodily defend their king. All of them dead, most of them slain before they could raise their weapons. The king held something in his hands, a metal disc on a chain, brandishing it at the Sleeping Prince as though it were a gift. The Sleeping Prince smiled indulgently at the king. “If we could talk,” the king said, his face pale, his hair a frenzy of dark curls around it.“No talk, Merek of Lormere,” the Sleeping Prince said, his smooth, calm voice a contrast to his maniacal smile. “Your men are all dead. Your castle and kingdom are mine. The only words I'll hear from you are your pleas for mercy.”Merek's dark eyes flashed. “I assure you, you won't,” he said. “I won't die begging.” Then he lunged.The Sleeping Prince stepped to the side and raised one of his swords, arching it through the air until it found its sheath in the unprotected breast of the new Lormerian king. King Merek made a soft sound of surprise and turned his eyes to the Sleeping Prince, his disbelief childlike. Then those same eyes fluttered closed and he slumped to the ground. The Sleeping Prince watched him, his expression unreadable.Then he stepped over the king's body and crossed the hall, mounting the steps to the dais. He walked along its length, dragging a bloody finger down the long wooden table. When he reached the high carved seat, he frowned. Peasant craftsmanship, dull and uninspiring. He deserved better.And now Lormere was his, he would have it.
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Original review link: http://asdreamsaremade.com/2016/05/book-tuesday-arc-the-sleeping-prince/ Holy MOLY this book! Second book syndrome? Ha! Not in this one! The Sleeping Prince starts off with a new character, Errin (Leif’s sister), after the events of The Sin Eater’s Daughter. Left alone to care for her sick mother, Errin barely scrapes by making poisons for her enigmatic and only friend, Silas. However, when the threat of war looms near, she must go on an epic journey to get what she needs to save her mother and hopefully bring her brother home. What she discovers though will forever change the course of her destiny and those she loves. Ok, I’m going to be completely honest here. I COULD NOT for the life of me remember how The Sin Eater’s Daughter ended. I had a general idea of the plot, but it’s been awhile! I couldn’t remember the details of the ending and it was DRIVING ME INSANE. Sometimes I just don’t have the time to reread a whole series before the sequel comes out! I actually had to call my speed reading demon friend Jenn and have her read the last few chapters to tell me what happened. In a way though, you kind of didn’t need to know what happened previously (besides the obvious points that I already remembered) because with the new characters, it read as a completely new novel for me–one that was AWESOME. Errin was so baddass. And I don’t mean that in the get *hit done kinda way, although that happens. No, I mean that she is willing to beg, borrow, blackmail, steal, and do whatever it takes to get what she wants to help her family. It was such a contrast to Twylla from the first book who I constantly found a bit lack luster and just never making the right choices. I loved Errin because of that. She does have some morals however which shine through as she goes on her journey. Silas. What a character. I wasn’t expecting his plot to go the way it did, but I adored the twist. The relationship between the two of them is fraught with trial and tribulation, but they worked. It was completely romantic and believable and had you rooting for them from day one! We eventually see some of the characters from the first installment and it gives way to feeling all the feelings. The plot helps in that matter as well. Melinda Salisbury does it again with the twists in this one. OMG. I don’t know what else to say about it without giving too much away. But believe me, you will keep reading until the wee hours in the morning and the ending will have you waiting with anxious breath until the final installment comes out. Pick this one up, but I do suggest reading The Sin Eater’s Daughter if it’s been a while like me. There are a few things that would be helpful to remember! Once you do though, READ THIS IMEDIATELY and then flail all the flails.
I devoured and loved The Sin-Eater's Daughter, so I was beyond thrilled to get my greedy hands on this one. I was intrigued to see how the shift in POV was going to further the story. Oh man. I loved Errin and Silas. They're both strong and secretive and don't really trust each other. I loved seeing them figure the other one out while still maintaining the balance of their relationship. And much as I loved being in Errin's head, I would gleefully cut someone to be in Silas's head for even a page. The shift of POV is explained, but I was woefully unprepared for what it meant. Yes, we got a lot of answers, but there are more questions too. This book was a roller coaster of feels and I loved every single word of it. **Huge thanks to Scholastic Press and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**