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The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury

September 8, 2017

The Scarecrow Queen is the third and final instalment of The Sin Eater's Daughter trilogy. A YA fantasy series filled with poison, political intrigue and power struggles. If you haven't read the first two books in this series...why are you still reading this? Go go now! But seriously, air on the side of caution with this review.

Even though it had been a while since I'd read Sleeping Prince (the second novel in this trilogy) I was connected to the world and the story almost immediately. There was only one slight stumble for me which was Errin being referred to as 'The Apothecary' at first. Once I realised who she was everything fell into place.  I loved the pacing of this novel, there wasn't a great deal of emphasis on the battles or fights yet the novel still felt action packed. Having the dual perspectives of Twylla and Errin was excellent. It tied the first two novels together and helped balance this instalment. I couldn't say who had my favourite chapters because I loved them equally. However, I really enjoyed learning more about Aurek (The Sleeping Prince) and seeing how truly awful he was. Now love a villain with layers (insert Shrek pun here) but there was something refreshing about him just being plain evil, with no redeemable qualities. 


Twylla really redeemed herself for me in this novel, not that I didn't like her previously, she just really stepped up and used the title she was given to her advantage. She became the leader that the people needed which was wonderful. Such a welcome change from the first novel, she wasn't afraid to be mad at people or to put them in their place (I'm looking at you Merek.) The one thing that I couldn't wrap my head around was her throwing the knife. Considering that prior to this novel Twylla hadn't lifted a sword her ability to launch a blade while on horseback and have it bury itself in another characters eye was a little far fetched. 

Errin. Her friendship with Merek was wonderful. Its always nice to see a boy/girl friendship in YA that remains simply a friendship. I really appreciated that about this novel. The fact that Errin was an antagonist against her will was such a clever idea, it really helped to build up the tension. 

I felt very satisfied for the most part with this series conclusion, I loved the ending. What I wanted to happen, happened though it seemed to span about 30 pages. The ending just appeared out of nowhere and I was left feeling a little like "'s over" although this could be because I desperately want more from this world. Just imagine another trilogy set 10 years after the events of this novel...

I highly recommend this series and anything that Melinda Salisbury puts out now is an auto-buy. 


Name: The Scarecrow Queen

Author: Melinda Salisbury

Publisher: Scholastic

Pages: 423

ISBN: 978-1-407147-65-9

Rating: 4.5/5

Have you read this? What did you think? 

Thank-you for reading, 

Katie x 

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