The Sleeping Prince (Book) Review

The Sleeping Prince Book Cover The Sleeping Prince
The Sin Eater's Daughter
Melinda Salisbury
YA Fantasy
Scholastic Press
May 31st, 2016

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 loved that this story was set in the same universe as the first Sin Eater’s Daughter book was. It was wild to find out that the main character has such a close connection to Twylla through her brother. Because I read the first book so long ago I vaguely remembered that there was a boy named Lief, though I couldn’t remember what his significance was. I pulled out book #1 and flipped through the book until I reached the last chapter. Boom. There he was and the story made a bit more sense.

It took me a while to catch on to the fact that Twylla was not the main character in this book. I went into it expecting the book to follow her story in the after-math of her crazy adventure, so it took me about two chapters to realize that this was not Twylla. Now, I swear I’m intelligent but for the life of me I could not remember who the MC was in the first book. I had to revisit The Sin eater’s Daughter in order to orient myself.

This is a series that would best be marathoned. I still don’t remember everything that happened in The Sin Eater’s Daughter, however, I can tell you that it lacks the love triangle that the first book has, though there is a tad bit of romance that does not overshadow the plot and the strength of Errin as a young woman. She is hell-bent on saving her mother and that is an immense display of strength for a woman so young (compared to me, at least…).

The plot was fast-paced in hindsight, but the slow reading progress was a bit off-putting. I kept waiting for more to happen and it did–in the final third of the book. It was so worth the wait, though, because the ending was crazy good, what with the plot twists and all that. Almost all of the twists in the final third bit of the book were unexpected. Now, I’m quite good at reading into things, but I wasn’t good enough for this book; something which I appreciated very much. I had some suspicions but I hadn’t made up my mind that my assumptions could very well be true.

I haven’t mentioned Errin’s mother’s illness because I don’t want to give to much away, however, it makes me wonder, how far would you go to protect your family, especially when they’re dangerous? Thinking about it, I’m not sure of my answer. It’s a hard decision to make.


Set in the same universe I absolutely loved in The Sin Eater’s Daughter, I was surprised at every turn and pleased to find that I was following the story of someone so connected to the MC in the first book, without the young woman, Errin, even realizing that.


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