Taking part in this amazing blog tour has simply made my 2016 already, and I'm honored to be a part of celebrating this book and Melinda Salisbury's wonderful mind- so thank you to Faye Rogers and Scholastic for the invite and here are my thoughts on this second installment in The Sin Eater's Daughter series...
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.
Every 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 the 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...
First off, hello to that gorgeous cover I mean come on it's absolutely gorgeous!
Anyhow, regardless of the cover learning that the book wasn't going to be from Twylla's perspective didn't really bother me. I felt that Errin was a brilliant protagonist if not more so than Twylla, I mean having to look after her Mum, worrying about her brother Lief and having to conjure up illegal herbal cures just to pay the bills- now that's what I call a girl with some bottle! If anything I preferred her to Twylla, she didn't moan when things got tough and she's put to the test with each obstacle she faces.
Living in a poverty stricken home, I found it enjoyable learning about Errin in training to be an apothecary. It was a fun addition to the religious/mystical aspect to the book- the mixing of potions and the knowledge of the ingredients was simply fascinating and another good twist to add to the book.
We have a new romance, and no love triangle- nope instead we have the mysterious Silas capturing our attention, and I'm still trying to make up my mind about him but he's certainly a character to keep a close eye on I reckon. What I liked about the relationship between himself and Errin was her not being cloudy-eyed over him as we see towards the last half of the book she stands on her own two feet regardless of everything else, and she really only has herself to look out for to survive The Sleeping Prince's wrath!
This second installment to the series is a real page turner, I feel like I've been sucked in and spat back out again. That epilogue nearly killed me, I was in shock and yet grinning to myself because boy it's SO going to kick off in the next book! Everything has come together and set for kick off, and my head is still spinning trying to take every bit of this book in. All the twists and surprises have left me in suspense of what's going to happen next now that worlds have collided, and the Sleeping Prince's revenge has barely started ahhh!
Melinda Salisbury's writing is a joy to read, and this book has blown me away. I'm not normally a lover of the second book in a series but I take that back, this sequel is perfect and fully deserving of a five star rating.
When not working on her next novel, Melinda Salisbury is busy reading and travelling, both of which are now more addictions than hobbies.