Title: The Sleeping Prince
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Published by: Scholastic
Publication date: 4th February 2016
Pages: 367, paperback
Genre: fantasy, young adult, romance
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 first read The Sin Eater’s Daughter in the second half of 2016, and this book in January. When I initially sat down to read it, I looked at the blurb, and I’ll admit I was really surprised to realise that The Sleeping Prince picked up the plot where it left off, but with an entirely different set of characters. I thought that might be something that bothered me, but I immediately connected with the new characters and could barely put the book down!