The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury
Rating: 4.5 stars
Publication Date: May 31st, 2016
Still reeling from the ending to this book. The Sleeping Prince was beyond amazing. It exceeded my every expectation. It is super rare for me to like a sequel more than I liked the first book.
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.
I usually don’t like when books change POV throughout the series, but it was perfect in this case. It took me a bit to realize just who Errin was (in relation to the first book), but it all fell into place as soon as I did.
I liked Errin once I got to know her better. She was strong and brave, but not all kickass and self-righteous like most heroines are these days. Errin kept it real. She was doing extremely well given her circumstances and she was smart. She put herself and her family first. Love interest betrays her? She doesn’t get upset and mope around, she decides to get even and beat him at his own game. I especially loved how she got back at Unwin on her way out. Errin was pretty awesome, and I enjoyed seeing this part of the trilogy through her eyes.
One of my favorite things about this was that there was no love triangle, no insta-love. Love triangles have become way too common, and by this point they’re just annoying. Very few actually add to the plot of a book. I absolutely despise insta-love, it’s one of the most cringe worthy things in a book.
I also really loved Silas. Swoon-worthy much? Why must all these fictional guys be so amazing, they’re setting my standards up way to high. No one will ever be able to live up to them (except maybe Jensen Ackles).
The story picks up where The Sin Eater’s Daughter left off, with the Sleeping Prince awake and ready to retake his kingdom. Do not skip the prologue. Some serious ish goes down in there.The dynamic of this book was very different from the first one, but they fit together perfectly.I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but DAMN, this was good. I loved the whole alchemy thing, rather than traditional magic. I haven’t seen that in any books recently, and it really set this one apart.
Overall, this book was absolutely fantastic and I had a great time reading it! I devoured this in just a couple hours, and I don’t think I’ll survive the wait until the next book comes out. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, especially fairytales.
If you haven’t read the first book, what are you waiting for? Go and fall in love with this series like I did!
**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my review, everything stated above was my own opinion**