The Lost Prince stars angst ridden teenager Ethan Chase who fans of The Iron Fey would have last seen as Meghan’s kid brother. Ethan Chase has spent his life hiding from the fey who won’t leave him alone, whilst making sure he gets close to no one. This being typical Edward Cullen defense because he doesn’t want to drag anyone into his mess but really he is a good guy. When people begin to disappear and a weird breed of fey begin harassing Ethan he decides it is time to stop running from the world his sister brought him into.
After absolutely loving the first 5 The Iron Fey novels, I was ready yet nervous to hear the now grown up Ethan’s story. I was glad to dive back into the world of fey but I was nervous it would stand pale in comparison to Meghan’s story. The Lost Prince is somewhat a continuation but also a spin off of The Iron Fey novels and is actually a new branch of The Iron Fey series, called 'Call of The Forgotten'. Saying that, I would only recommend reading The Lost Prince after the first 5 The Iron Fey books just to avoid the serious spoiling of The Iron Fey series in this novel. Here is my review of the first novel in the Iron Fey series.
For me it was strange to see the little boy we all fell in love with, as the boy who is rumoured to have been expelled for lighting fires and getting himself in fights. It was a little sad to be honest because I knew what a sweet guy he truly was! But we do see in the novel that this facade is all to maintain a tough image so no one involves themselves with him and his messed up life. Under the whole tough guy act, he really was a good guy and was obviously struggling under Meghan’s absence and this whole crazy world he was dragged into. Saying this, Ethan wasn’t at all expecting to have feelings for anyone at his new school.
Enter Mckenzie St James the girl no one can touch and the only one who isn’t believing the tough act that Ethan continuously puts on. Kenzie was a really determined and brave character and someone I didn’t love.. but liked and respected. When Kenzie gets dragged into Ethan’s mess she is suddenly introduced to a world she’s never known and feelings she’s never experienced.
There were some moments in the novel where I just wanted to shake some sense into Ethan’s stubborn head. I wanted to explain to him that Meghan (who may or may not make an appearance in this novel) wasn’t all that bad and it especially annoyed me when Kenzie would tell him time after time that she wanted to be involved and he wouldn’t take no for a answer. The barriers Ethan put up really frustrated me at times but I could get where he was coming from.
There are a new bunch of characters that come into play and also the minor return of some friendly faces (not naming whom), which I was SO pleased about. I to be honest didn’t enjoy this as much as The Iron Fey but it’s still something that as a stand alone novel with no comparisons, I thought was great. I was fascinated by this new breed of fey and how exactly they would come to play. This new storyline is one I enjoyed and am really interested with. I wasn’t disappointed with it and I am excited to read the next book, The Iron Traitor.