Five hundred years ago, Tallith was a utopia, populated by a proud and privileged people, none more so than Crown Prince Aurek, and his twin sister Aurelia. With their golden eyes and silver hair, the twins were the jewel in the crown of the realm, light and dark, night and day. The bright future of Tallith seemed assured in their hands.
But then the rats came.
From across the seas, they summon the rat catcher, desperate to rid their people of the plague attacking the very heart of Tallith. But the rat catcher brings with him more than just his trade; a beautiful daughter who will bow to no man. And when prince Aurek decides he will have her, come what may, he sets in motion a chain of events that will reshape the world for centuries to come…
The last time I read a short story which was an extra for a book I like was Another Together, a free eBook special from The Next Together by Lauren James. Seeing as I love this type of thing – i.e. an addition to the world of some amazing books – I want to talk about it on this blog, but I don’t want to do a full review. The solution is some quick reasons to read it, so I’m going to be doing that for The King of Rats too!
I was so disappointed when I thought that I wouldn’t get a chance to read The King of Rats, as I absolutely adore The Sin Eater’s Daughter series (I reviewed The Sleeping Prince, which is the second book in the series, and talked about the first two books in the series in my post on my favourite books of this year so far), and it was a little extra you could pick up at YALC (and unfortunately I couldn’t go this year!). However, I soon learnt that it was also available online from the Waterstones website, so I got to read it anyway. Then, very excitingly, when I was getting my copy of The Sin Eater’s Daughter signed at YA Shot 2016 (which you can read my recap for here), Melinda Salisbury gave me a physical copy, and I was over the moon. Without further ado, here are four reasons to read The King of Rats.
- You get to find out more about the characters. It was so interesting to see what Aurek and Aurelia were like before the horrible events that bring them into the story of the other book, and I thought it was interesting to see how different they were, and also just how horrible Aurek was. It was easy to see how he could become the sinister character of the Sleeping Prince in later books.
- It develops the backstory to the main plot running through the series. Within the main books, you do get the idea of the backstory, but The King of Rats explained it in so much more detail, and it definitely made the ideas behind the main plot of the books a lot clearer in my mind. I also loved what a unique idea it was – as far as fairy tale retellings go, I don’t think I’ve ever read one based on the Pied Piper, so I liked that it was fresh and new.
- You can appreciate Melinda Salisbury’s writing some more. As I read it, I just wanted to gush about how amazing and vivid Melinda Salisbury’s writing is. Her prose was intensely descriptive, and she conjured up this idea of their fairy tale world very clearly, especially with all her description and development of the setting.
- You don’t have to wait for The Scarecrow Queen to revisit their fairy tale world. The third book in the series isn’t due to come out until 2017, so The King of Rats is a great way to be able to appreciate and delve into the world of The Sin Eater’s Daughter before the release of the third book in the trilogy.
All in all, I would really recommend giving this a read if, like me, you are a massive fan of the series and eagerly awaiting the third book in the series. Have any of you read this short story as well? I’d love to know your thoughts! You can also find out more about The King of Rats on Goodreads here.