The Scarecrow Queen, by Melinda Salisbury

I’m not going to summarize this book as it would give away spoilers from the previous two books, The Sin Eater’s Daughter and The Sleeping Prince. I’ll just say that this is the conclusion to the series, involving war, rebellion, alchemy, folklore, and sacrifice.

I’ve been looking forward to The Scarecrow Queen since I read the first two books in the series back in the summer of 2016. First I heard it would be published in March this year. Then the publication was pushed back to Halloween. Then Halloween came and went, and while the book finally appeared on store shelves, no audio version of it popped up on Audible. I’ve loved the audio editions. Amy Shiels is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators. But sadly, no audio has ever appeared. I don’t know if perhaps one isn’t being made, if perhaps the series hasn’t sold well enough to have one (boo!!), but I finally gave in about a week into November and bought a copy in print.

My reading of the book was a bit fragmented, for two reasons. First, it had been well over a year since I read the first two books, and I’d consequently forgotten some of the events, characters, and setup. It didn’t take me long to piece it all together. Salisbury does a good job of bringing readers back up to speed without the book feeling like info-dump. Second, I’d only ever listened to the books, so some of the words/names were new to me until I figured out how the spelling correlated to the sounds. Not to mention I really just missed having an audio version. Shiels really made this story come alive.

That’s not to say that this one wasn’t alive though! It started slowly for me – mostly because of the two reasons above – but picked up quickly. I loved watching Twylla’s growth over time, and once again I especially adore seeing an awkward, introverted, passive person as the primary hero of a novel. I also loved Errin, Merek, and Stuan, and the way the characters all figured out how to fit together in a mash of colliding personalities and leadership styles. Then there was Lief, one of the most ambiguous characters I’ve ever read. While the villain of the book – the Sleeping Prince – is pure evil on the level of Voldemort (something I tend to find less interesting in characters), Lief can’t be easily boxed and labeled. One of the best things about the series is that there’s no clear-cut answer about him and his motives.

The Scarecrow Queen was a very satisfying book and end of the trilogy. I really wish more people would read the series. I especially recommend trying out The Sin Eater’s Daughter on audio for a unique and well-executed story.

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7 Responses to The Scarecrow Queen, by Melinda Salisbury

  1. Michelle says:

    Holly loves the first book, but I don’t think she knows there are more books to the series. Now I know what one of her presents is going to be this year!


  2. I’m going to leave a longer comment on your post about it, but I really loved “A Face Like Glass.” “Sin Eater’s Daughter” is officially next on my list. It’s not on overdrive, so I will have to drag myself to the library, but I will definitely seek it out.


    • Amanda says:

      I think I ended up getting the Sin Eater’s Daughter off SyncYA last year, or something like that. It was so very good on audio. I keep hoping the third will release on audio and I check Audible every week or so.

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  3. The library doesn’t have a copy of the Scarecrow Queen. I will have to break down and spend money. Oh goodness.


    • Amanda says:

      Audible STILL doesn’t have an audio copy. Sigh. I’m not surprised the library didn’t get it. I don’t think the first two books sold well. I’m just glad that the third was published at all since too often series are cut if they aren’t selling well enough!

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      • That is why I don’t ever want to write a series. If the publisher cuts you off, your readers get their hearts broken. I had a series that I was in love with die on book 4 of 7, and it broke my teenaged heart!

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