The Scarecrow Queen

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier novels in the series. You can read my reviews of these books [here] and [here].

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The Scarecrow Queen was written by Melinda Salisbury and first published in 2017. It is the final instalment of The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy and is preceded by The Sin Eater’s Daughter (2015) and The Sleeping Prince (2016). The novel carries on exactly where the previous book left off, so please note that you really need to read them in sequence to have the faintest idea of what’s going on.

From his seat in Lormere, Prince Aurek has absolute control. The people are too afraid of his golem army to rise against him and, with Errin and Silas taken captive, all hopes of deconstructing the Opus Magnum seem to have been lost. With only Hope, Nia and Kirin left for support, Twylla flees across the land in search of a safe haven but there is none to be found. One by one, all of the kingdoms are falling to the Sleeping Prince.

It’s not long before Twylla realises what needs to be done. Aurek can’t be allowed to remain in power. It’s up to her to rally the support of the oppressed peasants, gathering them together and training them to fight. Although Aurek’s army is vast, they only follow him because they are afraid. Using the things that she learned as Daunen Embodied, Twylla knows that she can restore the thing that he has taken from them: their hope.

In Lormere Castle, Errin must face a struggle of her own. Not only is she the prisoner of Aurek, but she is bound by magic to obey his whims. She knows that if she slips up he can easily order her to kill herself or, worse still, take out his anger on Silas. Yet she also has hope. Behind Aurek’s back, she plots with Merek – planning an escape for both them and their friends. Yet their alliance is wrought with danger. One mistake would reveal to Aurek that the former King of Lormere hides right under his nose, and would result in a painful death for them both…

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YA Shot 2016 Tour – featuring Melinda Salisbury

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Hello everyone! Today’s post is something a little different. I’m here today to talk about YA Shot.

YA Shot is a one-day festival that brings together UK Young Adult and Middle Grade authors. It’s a celebration of writing for young readers that aims to promote the joy of reading and inspire a passion for writing.

Although YA Shot works year around to help pair schools with local libraries for author events, the event itself takes place on 22nd October 2016. It involves around 70 authors and takes the form of a programme of workshops, panels and book singing sessions at Uxbridge Civic, Centre, Waterstone’s Uxbridge and Uxbridge Library. If you’re interested in attending, you should definitely check out their website – https://yashot.wordpress.com/ 

In honour of this special event, I’m pleased to have a special guest for this post. Melinda Salisbury is one of the fantastic authors involved in YA Shot. She’s the author of two fantastic fantasy novels – The Sin Eater’s Daughter and The Sleeping Prince – both of which you can find reviewed on this blog. The third book in the series, provisionally titled The Scarecrow Queen, is due for release in early 2017.

To read our interview and have a chance to win a copy of The Sin Eater’s Daughter, read on:

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The Sleeping Prince

The Sleeping Prince

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for its prequel, The Sin Eater’s Daughter. You can read my review of this novel [here].

The Sleeping Prince was written by Melinda Salisbury and first published in 2016. The novel forms the second part of The Sin Eater’s Daughter series and follows Lief’s younger sister as she struggles to survive in an increasingly dangerous world. The novel follows The Sin Eater’s Daughter (2015) and, at the time of writing, the final instalment of the series has yet to be announced.

The Sleeping Prince has awoken from his five hundred year curse and wants his revenge. Sweeping through Lormere with his army of golems, he quickly seizes control of the capital and orders all of its citizens to bow before him. Those that do not risk a fate worse than death. Yet victory over Lormere is not enough for the Prince. He desires to be the supreme ruler of everything.

Since Lief’s disappearance, his sister Errin has been forced to live in poverty. In order to provide for her sick mother, she uses her skills as apothecary to make illegal potions to sell on the black market. Her best customer is the mysterious Silas – a man who always hides his face beneath a hood – who offers her good money for a seemingly random selection of potions. Sometimes they are cures, other times they are poisons.

As the Sleeping Prince sets his sights on Tregellan and his golems begin to stalk the woods, Errin knows that she will soon need to flee her home but her mother proves to be impossible to move. It soon becomes clear to her that her only hope for survival lies with Silas, but Silas has plans and secrets of his own. How can Errin possibly convince him to help her and will she ever be able to fully trust him if she does?

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