Title: The Scarecrow Queen
Author: Melinda Salisbury
⭐️ 4.5 / 5
The final battle is coming… 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… Explosive, rich and darkly addictive, this is the stunning conclusion to Melinda Salisbury’s internationally best-selling trilogy that began with THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER
I’m more than a little obsessed with this series at this point. I honestly don’t know how I was so late to the party in reading this.
The Scarecrow Queen is the third and final instalment of Melinda Salisbury’s series The Sin Eater’s Daughter. If you’ve read my reviews for books one and two you’ll know I’m a bit of a fan. I panicked a little bit when I flicked through this book because my pet peeve is switching POVs every few chapters and I could feel it coming owing to the fact the previous books left us with two equally important protagonists that both have a voice. Whilst Melinda did do this and switch POVs between Errin and Twylla I loved the way she did it in much larger chunks rather than ricocheting between the two every chapter, which would have left me reading only out of loyalty to the series and the characters that I needed to know what happened to. This technique did mean that there was a lot that happened to the protagonist that wasn’t narrating that chunk by the time we got back to them which caused some overlap and some gaps that we had to work hard to fill in ourselves but I don’t feel that impacted the story or my enjoyment of it. The split narrative worked well because it allowed us to see what was happening on both sides of the revolution as one protagonist remained with the rebellion and one was unfortunately imprisoned so we could see the ramp up to the final battle from different angles which I loved. The narrative of this book somehow managed to take even darker turns than the previous instalment with the Sleeping Prince, Aurek, employing some really disturbing methods of torture and war tactics. As horrific as his character is, I really enjoyed it and love that Melinda is not afraid to make her ‘bad guy’ truly disgusting and dark and twisted. There’s nothing better than an antagonist who you can hate with all of your heart.
With this novel I found that the story flowed really well owing to the in depth world building we had already been given by the previous two novels. At this point the reader knows so much about the fictional world we’re in that the novel is able to just roll along nicely and we can easily slot together information based on the faiths, superstitions and magical processes at work. It’s a testament to Melinda’s writing that this novel was so enjoyable and easy to read as she has been so thorough up until this point. The only criticism I would have is that the split narrative did cause some of the secondary characters to slip into background characters for parts of the novel as they weren’t with either protagonist for long enough to get the kind of attention I wanted of them. I would have loved to have seen more of Silas in particular (although I’m probably biased because I’m a little bit in love with him). This book contained all of the dark u-turns I’m learning to enjoy from Salisbury so even though you could feel the narrative being wrapped up with almost every page turn, it still retained the excitement I needed. The ending of the novel, and the series, had the beautiful feel of contentment that I wanted for this series and left it open enough that a whole new narrative arc could be born from this in years to come if Melinda wanted to revisit it (here’s hoping – to be honest I just don’t want to let go of Silas and Errin).
All in all I really enjoyed living with this series and am really looking forward to rereading it many times in years to come. It’s definitely become one of my favourites.
Let me know your thoughts for this series or any recommendations for me to read next!