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The Sleeping Prince

Written by Melinda Salisbury

Part of the The Sin Eater's Daughter Series

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LoveReading View on The Sleeping Prince

This spellbinding sequel to The Sin Eater’s Daughter heralds a welcome return to Salisbury’s rich realm of fantastical fiction.

“It’s hard to remain on the side of reason when a five-hundred-year-old fairy tale comes to life and lays waste to the castle and the people in the country next door,” remarks Errin, the novel’s narrator, when the merciless Sleeping Prince awakens and launches an attack with his army of alchemical golems. When a state of war is declared and with a sick mother to support, resourceful Errin puts her apothecary training to use by selling illegal herbs. That’s how she befriends Silas, a young man who buys her deadliest poisons. On seeing her mother’s condition, Silas gives Errin a mysterious elixir that eases her symptoms. After Errin learns what this powerful potion is, and what he is, Silas offers to escort them to a place of refuge, but he vanishes, forcing Errin to face the perils of the warring kingdom without him.

With plenty of high-octane action to keep the plot galloping apace, and a host of high-stake dilemmas, this all-round epic will be wolfed-down by fans of fantasy and fairy tale. ~ Joanne Owen


The Sleeping Prince Synopsis

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 Errin, 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 splits the world as she knows it apart, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom...

The Sleeping Prince Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, The Sin Eater's Daughter. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Natalie Hunter, age 13 - 'absolutely loved it. The myths and lore of the lands the book is set in are beautiful and interesting and the characters are wonderful.'
  • Sarah Murray, age 16 - 'it was so different from anything I could have possibly imagined...I highly recommend this book.'
  • Ella Hollingshead, age 13 - 'Such an exciting read, full of unexpected plot twists!'
  • Monisah Ali, age 16 - 'The first book of a wonderful trilogy from Melinda Salisbury will leave you breathless. The storyline hits you when you least expect it to. Utterly brilliant.'
  • Izzy Read, age 14 - 'This book was very clever as not only did it have the Disney Princess idea of being trapped in a tower but it had the behind the scenes pawn sacrificing Game of Thrones angle to it to.'
  • Stacie Ball - 'The Sin Eaters Daughter was one my most anticipated reads of 2015 and boy did the book deliver. Action, tick. Likeable characters and brilliant world building, tick. Get ready to be hooked!'
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson - 'This book was brilliant, it contained action and adventure fantasy and a little bit of romance.'
  • Farah Alam - 'I absolutely loved this book! . I really couldn't put it down and found myself needing to finish it.'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'Wow, I at first thought I couldn't read this book but I'm glad I did! It was amazing!'
  • Raimy Greenland - 'I was sucked in from the first few chapters and always wondered where the story was going.'
  • Ella Grabsky, age 15 - 'This dystopian novel is a good read. There were some very interesting ideas and plot twists. However I don't think it was original enough to beat the likes of Hunger Games or Divergent.'

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ISBN: 9781407147642
Publication date: 04/02/2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press an imprint of Scholastic
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781407147642
Publication date: 4th February 2016
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Publisher: Scholastic Press an imprint of Scholastic
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Melinda Salisbury

Melinda Salisbury is a British author who lives by the sea in Essex. She has always been an avid reader and loves to travel. She is the author of The Sin Eater's Daughter, The Sleeping Prince and The Scarecrow Queen When not writing the next novel in the trilogy, Melinda Salisbury is busy reading and travelling, both of which are now more addictions than hobbies.

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