A Stunning conclusion to an absolutely fantastic series.
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 . . .
When you find a series you really love, you become incredibly attached to the characters. You root for them, you hope they succeed, that everything will work out for them. When the conclusion for that series gets announced, a certain amount of trepidation comes along with it. What if the ending doesn’t do the series justice? What if all those questions you have aren’t answered? What if you’re left feeling unsatisfied?
Well, let me dispel your fears. The Scarecrow Queen is perfect.
Picking up after the events at the end of The Sleeping Prince, this epic conclusion heads straight back into the thick of the story. I must admit it was quite a while ago that I read The Sleeping Prince, but it certainly didn’t take me long to get back into the nitty-gritty of the story. The book is well paced, and changes in point of view from Twylla’s to Errin’s. The characters have grown so much since book one and two, and it was wonderful to watch them continue to evolve and adapt to the threat of Aurek.
The Scarecrow Queen, much like the previous two books, has an absolutely fantastic plot, that keeps you hooked right from the very beginning. I completely blame Melinda Salisbury for the fact that I got zero coursework done during the days it took me to devour the book. I couldn’t stop reading the book, and if I absolutely had to put the book down I kept developing theories on what was going to happen next, which were for the most part always wrong. Let me tell you – there are plenty of surprises in store.
The Sleeping Prince was one of my favourite books of 2016, and The Scarecrow Queen will definitely be up there for 2017. Sometimes you find in a book that there’s one or two characters that stand out more than the rest, but for me, that isn’t the case. I love all the characters in this series. Aurek is the perfect villain, Twylla and Errin the most wonderful heroines. If you love gripping fantasy, you will adore this series. I don’t want to say much about the ending, as I definitely don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I will say that it is a satisfying one, and one that I think really works with the overall feel of the book. I loved every second of reading this series, and am eagerly awaiting to see what Mel can destroy my emotions with next.
Merek Vision Board
As a bit of fun for The Scarecrow Queen blog tour, we created some vision boards, showcasing some of the aesthetics of the characters. Be sure to check out the other stops (listed on the poster) to see what all the lovely bloggers came up with. So without further adieu, here’s what I came up with for Merek:
And here is Mel’s!
Nicole’s Merek is brilliant – I love the lion especially, and he would too. She’s done an amazing job to capture every element of him, from his royal side, to his slyer, more tricksy side. I also love the clever reference to the bird in the cage, and what that would mean to both him, and to Twylla.
I absolute adore these images, they’re so beautiful and I think they really match Merek’s personality. We both had some similar images, the crown and books, which I think show how clever Merek is, and how important Lormere is to him. The image of the deer in the wood is probably my favourite, it’s really striking and shows such an interesting side to Merek’s character.
I had such a fab time working on these vision boards, so thank you for checking out my stop on The Scarecrow Queen blog tour. Be sure to check out the other stops, and happy publication day to such a wonderful book!
About Melinda Salisbury
When not working on her next novel Melinda Salisbury is busy reading and travelling, both of which are now more addictions than hobbies. She lives by the sea, somewhere in the south of England.
The Scarecrow Queen is the highly anticipated and captivating finale in the internationally bestselling trilogy that began with The Sin Eater’s Daughter. Published by Scholastic 2nd March 2017.