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The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

Friday, July 29, 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.

Goodreads Summary

I loved this book.  Errin was a kind, thoughtful, and dedicated daughter to her mother.  She had a lot on her plate: her mother appeared to be under a curse that changed her into a monster, her brother was likely dead, and her father has passed away a few years ago.  She was originally an apprentice to an apothecary and still practiced the art.  When she catches Silas unexpectedly in the woods, what would have been a negative encounter turns into a budding love interest.  Silas may have the key to save her mother and Errin will do anything to make sure her mother is well again.  She becomes embroiled in a plot to stop the Sleeping Prince from doing any further harm to the realm.  

Errin was a great character and often made surprisingly intelligent decisions (many YA books have "dumbish" female characters).  I felt like I would have liked her instantly if I met her on the street today.  Silas was an enchanting, mysterious character.  I liked how he broke his vows to pursue a relationship with Errin.  When Errin met "Dimia" we were treated to yet another good character whose past tied into the ending of the book in a fantastic way.  I loved how the author developed the characters and ensured that the reader truly cared for them and their welfare.  The descriptions were elaborate and the chapters flew by.  I would highly recommend this book as a great summer fantasy read.

4 1/2 Stars

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