State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

34640572Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 445
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 stars
Buy the Book: Amazon, Waterstones, The Book Depository

A people cowed by grief and darkness.
A cut-throat race for power and victory.
A girl with everything and nothing to lose…

Sorrow all but rules the Court of Tears, in a land gripped by perpetual grief, forever mourning her brother who died just days before Sorrow was born. By day she governs in place of her father, by night she seeks secret solace in the arms of the boy she’s loved since childhood. But when her brother is seemingly found alive, and intent on taking control, Sorrow has to choose whether to step aside for a stranger who might not be who he claims to be, or embark on a power struggle for a position she never really wanted.


I received this book in exchange for an honest review but it did not affect my opinion at all.

The time has come. A new Melinda Salisbury book is out in the world. If you know me at all, you will know that I am a Melinda Salisbury fangirl. I’m obsessed with the Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy and I was eagerly anticipating this venture into a new fantasy world by Mel. As expected, it was bloody amazing and it did not disappoint.

State of Sorrow introduces us to another fantastic fantasy world. Mel is the queen of YA fantasy in my opinion – her world building is beautiful and intriguing. Unlike many other fantasy books, the beginning did not feel like a confusing info dump in order to try and explain the world to the reader. The world is beautifully described and thought through. Nothing confused me which is shocking for me since I haven’t been getting along with fantasy a lot recently.

As well as a beautiful setting, State of Sorrow has fantastic characters. From the villains to the main character, everyone is complex and developed (or at least has enough intrigue and room for development in the sequel). Sorrow was a fantastic main character to follow. Mel’s characters always feel incredibly realistic, even in a fantasy world. She wasn’t insanely confident or ‘strong’. She had weak moments. She doubted herself. She made errors. She was an 18-year-old girl. The other characters filled me with intrigue. Vespus made for an interesting villain. Mael, Rasmus, Irris and Charon were some of my particular favourite side characters.

I am not particularly interested in politics as I find it boring and I don’t really read a lot of books that focus on politics, especially in a fantasy world. State of Sorrow was not boring in the slightest. The political elements of ruling a fantasy world were intriguing and I loved seeing how ruling isn’t as black and white as it seems. The constant new developments kept me hooked.

So to conclude, Melinda Salisbury has written yet another fantastic book with shocking plot twists, beautiful landscapes and complex characters. I gasped audibly on the train many times whilst reading State of Sorrow because of just how shocking the plot twists are. I don’t know how Mel manages to do it but she has created another fantastic fantasy world that I can’t wait to further explore in the sequel. I urge you all to go pick up State of Sorrow if you haven’t already got your hands on it.


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