In this follow-up to The Sin Eater’s Daughter, a fairy tale has come to life. The Sleeping Prince is awake, and is taking multiple kingdoms for his throne after five hundred years asleep. He’s brutal, and the world is in chaos. Errin is struggling to survive as the battle approaches. Her father is dead, her brother has disappeared, and her mother seems to have turned into another beast from the fairy tales. The only person she can trust is a man whose face she has never seen, and even then, she counts on betrayal.
You never know with second books how well they’ll come out in comparison to the first in a series. The Sleeping Prince happily goes the way of being just as brilliant. The story is told through a different narrator’s eyes, though characters from the last book do show up now and then, more or less. (Can’t say more without spoilers.) There is more about the world, history, and magic of this series, and a great setup for the next book. There were surprises that I predicted ahead of time, and surprises that I never saw coming. Let me just say that the ambiguous ending from the first book gets cleared up quite nicely!
My favorite thing about the series so far, I think, is the multitude of grey characters. There are some characters that I still can’t tell their alliances. Great construction of intrigue and neutrality. I’m already coming up with theories for the people and plot to come!
Performance: Once again, Amy Shiels does an absolutely fantastic job with the narration!
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I spent the first chapter or so missing Twyla, but I quickly fell in love with Errin. I imagine that the next book will be in someone’s perspective and I will miss being in Errin’s head. I was so pleased with the introduction of new magical elements in this story. I gobbled it down like candy.
I had a hard time deciding which narrator I liked better (they alternate in the third). Errin is so different from Twylla, and seeing all the things she goes through with her mother, never knowing what’s happening – she’s so strong and brave in ways completely different from Twylla, while the two of them are both just someone else’s pawns.
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Thank you so much for the reccomendation on these books. I got so attached to both narrators, I am looking forward to reading “The Queen of Scarecrows” once I manage to get my hands on a copy.