The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury, published by Scholastic on 2nd March 2017
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 . . .
The eagerly awaited finale to the series is finally here! There was no stopping me after I got my hands on this book and I couldn't wait to dive straight in. This was a fitting end to a superb series which did not disappoint.
Although I thought that the previous book, 'The Sleeping Prince' had suffered a little bit from middle book syndrome, Melinda Salisbury held nothing back in 'The Scarecrow Queen' which was an exciting and explosive read.
Twylla and Errin may have been separated and their forces divided, but they are by no means defeated yet, as we see them preparing to do battle against the Sleeping Prince. The book alternates between their two perspectives as each has their own challenges to face in the final show down. I actually ended up enjoying the parts of the story told by Errin the most, as she quite literally has to extricate herself from under Aurek's control. He was very creepy and such a great villain in the story. Errin has an ally in Merek and desperately wants to save Silas too but her situation is precarious. Twylla meanwhile is attempting to bring together a band of rebels as the time for battle draws near. I enjoyed seeing all of the characters and the threads of everyone's' stories gradually coming together
The story was fast-paced and gripping and there were some incredible twists and turns lying in wait. I couldn't have guessed how the story was going to be concluded but it was genuine brilliance.
A perfect example of a YA fantasy series that knocks your socks off! I loved it and can't wait to read more by Melinda Salisbury in the future.