26 September, 2016

#BookReview :: The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #2) by Melinda Salisbury

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.

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This book is the story of Leif’s sister Erin and how her life is affected by everything that is going on in the kingdom. With the Sleeping Prince back and looking for vengeance, there are only so many places where Erin can go, especially with a secret that she cannot reveal. What with her secret she has had to relocate once already. But now that her village is being evacuated, she has no idea about where to go or what to do. All she has is the support of a stranger, Silas, who happens to discover her secret. When Silas disappears on the eve of their journey, Erin has no other option but to take on a journey of her own that will lead her to more danger and trouble than she could ever expect. 

I picked up this book without even reading the blurb because I had really enjoyed the first book and absolutely needed to know what happens next. So, not surprisingly, for the first few pages I thought that I was reading about Twylla living a new and disguised life as Erin. But the confusion was momentary. Once I got over it and realized that this was going to be from the POV of Erin, I was even more interested in the book. It is not very often that we see a series from multiple POVs and parallel timelines.

With Erin’s heritage, we discover more about the world setting and how things work in this world. A world where alchemy is real and the myths need to be looked at closely. Erin herself is a very strong character. She is so practical and creative that I loved her for being to adapt to any situation that she was thrown into. At places she felt stronger, braver and clearer headed than Twylla. Silas is a character whose charm flows easily. The mystery around Silas’s character that the author built was unfolded slowly yet it was easy to feel like we knew him from the very beginning. But the best part of the book is how the author weaves the parallel stories of Erin and Twylla together to make them converge towards the end. 

There are certain twists that I didn’t see coming and as such this book (and in turn the series) turned out to be interesting, entertaining and pleasurable to read.

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