Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Lost Prince
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publish Date: October 23, 2012

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’s dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myths and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa is the first book in the new Iron Fey series, The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten. It's about Ethan Chase, Meghan's younger brother from the original series. From the very first page I liked Ethan as a main character way more than I liked Meghan. Well, that's not entirely true. I really liked Meghan, but I loved the way Ethan came across in The Lost Prince.

Ethan is a huge jerk for the first part of the book. And I loved that about him. He has his reasons, of course. If you've read the Iron Fey series you know how miserable faeries can make your life if they think you can see them. If not, well, you will find out. So Ethan pushes people away so they won't get hurt. It's interesting to see into the mind of a bad boy. To see why he acts the way he does. I really enjoyed reading about Ethan and watching him grow and change throughout the book.

Kenzie, Ethan's love interest, is such a strong female character. Especially in a book narrated by a male protagonist. Usually, I find, that leading male characters don't always go right for the strong independent girls, but like to focus on the whiny, needy ones instead. But not Ethan. He goes right for Kenzie. Though, I'll admit, that's got a lot to do with Kenzie being so persistent and in-your-face about getting what she wants. I really do love her. She's funny, and always has something snarky to say no matter what kind of horrifying things she sees while hanging around Ethan.

The cast of characters in The Lost Prince were amazing. I fell hard for everyone single of them. Especially Keirran and Razor. Keirran, oh, Keirran. I can't wait to see more of you in the sequel, The Traitor Son. And oh boy! The cameos. Yes. There are cameos made by original Iron Fey characters. And I squealed every time Ash or Puck or Meghan or Grimalkin stepped onto the page. And it was very interesting seeing how Ethan viewed all of these characters. He had very strong feelings about them. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but his hatred for a certain silver eyed faery made me giggle.

If you noticed that this was more of a squealy rant than a review, that's because I loved this book so much I've lost the ability to form sentences. But, here, I'll try. The Lost Prince is a fantastic start to a new series in an already beloved world and lovers of the Iron Fey series and new readers alike will be swept away into the Nevernever alongside Ethan. Trust me, you don't want to miss this one!

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  1. I love Kenzie too! And I'm crazy excited for more of Keirran too. I absolutely loved the original Iron Fey series and I didn't think that it would be possible for me to enjoy this one more, but I think I might just. And I love the cameos from my previous favorites! :D

  2. I had mixed feelings when I read this book. There was so much that I loved; Ethan, Keirran, the Lost Fey, pretty much everything. Yet there was also somethings that irked me, such as Kenzie (she didn't contribute much to the plot), Keirran's lover (she just felt irrelevant as well), and the ending.

    Sigh... I still loved it, and I need The Traitor Son just as badly as you!!!

    Great review! Rant was totally justified anyway!

    -Angie @YA Novelties

  3. Glad that you like this book too. I almost peed from excitement when Puck popped up in the pages. Keirran is so dreamy! :)


  4. I really need to read the Iron Fey series!
    Thanks so much for linking up your review!


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