The Scarecrow Queen, Melinda Salisbury – Book Review

Hello Humans! Back again are we? I should hope so, this month has been chock full of some amazing reads it’s almost enough to make me head back and read them all again. *Sigh*

Today I’m reviewing the final book in Melinda Salisbury’s The Sineater’s Daughter series. The Scarecrow Queen was everything I’ve ever wanted in the end of a trilogy, particularly one such as this.

Consider yourself forewarned, this review may contain spoilers for the first two books.

Goodreads Summary:

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. Twylla and Errin are separated, isolated, and running out of time. The final battle is coming, and Aurek will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever . . .

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Much like the second book, this is a book divided. Our characters came together for but a moment before being scattered to the winds again. Once more, Melinda Salisbury is the queen of this technique, you never get confused about whose story you are in, nor does one character get boring after a while (looking at you ASOIAF).

What strikes me most about this book is how well Salisbury crafts a villain. The Sleeping Prince is wholeheartedly evil from start to finish. I mean I know Errin hates him but I’m fairly sure I hate him even more. What I liked especially is that there wasn’t a redemption arc. Don’t get me wrong I love a redeemed villain, it’s one of my favourite YA tropes, but it would have been so wrong to have that in this story and it’s nice to just have someone you can really wish the worst on.

I think another part of why I liked this book is that it is a lot of different stories rolled into one. It’s the story of one girl’s struggle against a terrible villain but it’s also the story of a rebellion, from the ground up. It’s a romance and it’s coming of age and it’s so many other things it would take me a century to list them all. But in all these classic stories nothing feels overly clichéd or overdone. They are simply woven together in such a way as to create something entirely new.

It’s always tricky to tie up the ends of a series without feeling like you’re having plot for the sake of it. My mind is drawn to the Kingfountain series which (while I love it) does have the tendency to make everything absolutely perfect for a happy ending which adds a bit of an unrealistic spin to things. There’s an element of that here, but on the whole this series draws to a satisfactory but not completely unrealistic close.

What shines through is Melinda Salisbury’s talent for writing characters of all kinds (villains and heroes alike) as well as her passion for this series. If you’ve never got round to reading these books I can wholeheartedly recommend giving them a go!

My rating: 5/5 stars.

All opinions are my own.

What say you? Have you read these books already or are they on your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!

J

 

 

 

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  1. Your reviews are continuing to draw me toward this series. Seems like this was a great conclusion to the trilogy 🙂 Can’t wait to get my hands on this series!

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