03 August, 2017

#BookReview :: The Scarecrow Queen (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #3) by Melinda Salisbury



The final battle is coming . . .

As the Sleeping Prince tightens his hold on Lormere and Tregellan, the net closes in on the ragged band of rebels trying desperately to defeat him. Twylla and Errin are separated, isolated, and running out of time. The final battle is coming, and Aurek will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever . . .



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I had read The Sin Eater’s Daughter and The Sleeping Prince one after the other in quick succession and had quite enjoyed the series thus far. But I picked up The Scarecrow Queen after a bit of a gap and with great apprehension. What if the series isn’t what I remember it like? Or what if the third and final instalment doesn’t live up to the rest of the books? I started reading this book with these questions on my mind.

The story is told from twin point of view and they are that of Errin and Twylla. The book starts off some time after the last book ended as we see Errin as a prisoner of Aurek. The torture and abuse that Errin faces at the hands of Aurek in the very first chapter sets the readers off of Aurek and creates sympathy for Errin. Twylla takes up the task of getting the rebels to band together. While Errin and Twylla both develop over the book as they have over the series, I feel that the characters of Silas, Lief and Merek were not handled well enough. The male characters turned very much secondary in this installment and it disappointed me to see so much potential left untouched.

There is no doubt that Melinda Salisbury can narrate a story well. It was evident in the first two books and it was even more evident in this one. While the treatment of the male characters irked me, I still wanted to continue reading because I just had to know what would happen. There were certain loopholes which did not make sense, but then again I just couldn’t stop reading.

I have to say that The Scarecrow Queen does not do justice to the first two books in the series. But still it is an entertainer on its own.


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