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Book Review :: The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury








RATING :: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


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 dream of the man, but it’s fragmented: he’s there, but he isn’t. He’s always one room away, in a place with more rooms than seems possible. I run down endless halls, longing for and dreading him being around the corner. I hear him call out for me and the skin on the back of my neck tightens and prickles. I don’t know if I’m running to him, or from him.”


I mentioned in my review of The Sin Eater’s daughter, the first part of The Sin Eater’s Daughter Trilogy, that I stumbled upon THIS book on accident at my local library.

Funny story, I mistook the title for a different plot, thinking that this might be the male version of sleeping beauty where the prince is rescued by the princess. That would make for an interesting story, right? But, nonetheless, that’s not the real plot behind the title of this book.

But boy! Any disappointments I initially had that this wasn’t a role reversal fantasy story quickly changed. Let me explain…


*Errin is incredible! She’s brave, smart, selfless, and, in spite of facing danger alone, extremely resourceful.

*Silas– I had a hard time trying to figure out whether I liked Silas or not. It was difficult to tell whether or not he was a hero or just a background character, but his sacrifice for Errin eliminates any doubts I had at the beginning and halfway through the book. (Errin + Silas = power couple)

*I love the use of legends and fairy tail stories to blend into the plot. Great balance of character background, war, and mystery/fantasy.

*The reintroduction of old characters from the first book. I enjoyed learning how much Twylla matured from the end of the last book till she reappears in this one. She’s far more balanced, less double-minded, and has grown courageous.

*If this book needed a far worse villain to make the queen look like the lesser evil, it did a FANTASTIC job in creating the Sleeping Prince! The villain didn’t disappoint me. He’s AWFUL!

*King Merek is full of surprises and his reappearance made me order the third installment of the series as soon as I finished this book.

*This book not only picked up well from the last book’s cliff hanger, it left me wanting more when I came to the end.


*Lief. His return. His betrayal. His abandoning his family to become the bad guy. His character as a whole. And for one moment, I actually thought Twylla was going to fall for him and be stupid enough to take him back.

He’s probably the only thing I disliked in the entire book because he’s a lousy moron. The one act of kindness he showed Twylla didn’t win me over. He still doesn’t seem like a sincere character, but I assume his motives/intentions will be clarified in the finale of the series (FYI :: they are clarified).

Twylla definitely took me by surprise in this part of the story, but if I had to choose whom I prefer of the two female lead characters, it would have to be Errin. She not only cares about taking care of her mother, sacrificing and even blackmailing to do so, but she does what’s right with far less hesitation than Twylla. I don’t want to make Twylla appear like a useless character, because she is far from that; She’s an extremely important character.

It’s her character defects that make her less likable. And her past actions that left a bitter taste in my mouth. Still… it’ll be great to see what the outcome of her story will be. One that i hope doesn’t include a forever-after with no-good-lying Lief.


I TOTALLY recommend this book! But read the Sin Eater’s Daughter FIRST because it will set a level of understanding once you get started on this one!


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