Exclusive Short Story: The King of Rats

The King of Rats

  • Melinda Salisbury
  • Scholastic UK
  • 29th July, 2016
  • Young Adult

Five hundred years ago, Tallith was a utopia, populated by a proud and privilged 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…

A companion story to The Sin Eater’s Daughter series.

Melinda Salisbury is the author of sinister YA fantasy novels The Sin Eater’s Daughter and The Sleeping Prince. I was lucky enough to meet her at YALC and I was treated to an exclusive mini-book featuring her short story, The Kings of Rats.

First of all I need to remind you that I am not big fan of any kind fantasy books. However, time to time I get across these rare amazing books, stories that glue me to the story. This story was one of them.

The King Of Rats

I loved it. I mean this was incredible. Only one minus: there just wasn’t enough to sate me for good. I WANT MORE.

If you haven’t got to YALC this year, Waterstones have came to the rescue! This short story is available to download as a PDF exclusively from the Waterstones website HERE