Book Review: THE SCARECROW QUEEN by Melinda Salisbury

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Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: YA
Star Rating: 5/5 stars
Series: Yes - final book in trilogy

*SPOILER ALERT: contains SPOILERS for THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER and THE SLEEPING PRINCE*

Synopsis:

the scarecrow queen

Dawn will rise.

As the Sleeping Prince tightens his hold on Lormere and Tregellan, the net closes in on the ragged band of rebels trying desperately to defeat him.

Separated and isolated, Errin is a prisoner in Lormere, and Twylla is powerless on the run. Time is running out if they’re to prevent the Sleeping Prince from destroying everything they love.

The final battle is coming, and the Sleeping Prince will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever.

Synopsis adapted from Goodreads. Add to your shelves here.


Thoughts:

A wonderful conclusion, gripping and nicely told between Twylla and Errin.

These Goodreads reviews just get worse and worse. It sums up my thoughts, but it’s so sparse!

I liked that this story was mainly from Twylla, with a middle section from Errin. Yes, Errin and the Sleeping Prince have the history, but Lormere means much more to Twylla. We see her evolve from terrified, passive executioner to leader, which is so much fun to watch. There’s far more connection to rebellion to see it through Twylla’s lens than an outsider like Errin.

Errin’s section deals with the Sleeping Prince, while she’s a prisoner – and the deeply personal conflict with Leif’s betrayal. Also, this middle section really proves how much of a creep the Sleeping Prince is – how utterly heartless.

I could never tell exactly where Leif’s loyalties lay – or rather, how much he was with the Sleeping Prince. Was he heart and soul behind the Sleeping Prince – or was it simply that he’d picked the side he thought would win? I’m not sure which is worse. I love that the love interest from the first book is now a villain. The uneasy sense of his layered motives from THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER really come to play here.

I utterly adore the relationship and arc between Merek and Twylla. It’s so hard to be non-spoilery but it tackles power and an irritating flaw in his character to do with deciding things for others. I love his final decision – it shows such growth and it’s a nice subversion of typical fantasy tropes.

Wow. I had stuff to say about the characters for once!

And so the trilogy is over. It’s a brilliant finale to an amazing series.


Read my reviews of other books by Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater’s Daughter (this series):

State of Sorrow:

Standalones:

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