REVIEW: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

September 22, 2013

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’d 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 myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

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.

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  1. I love all of Julie Kagawa's books :)

  2. I liked that there were more action scenes in this one and that Ethan really held his own :) definitely a darker feel than the Iron Fey series but it was still a fun read.
    Great review, Sunny :)

  3. I've actually only read the first book in The Iron Fey series and that's because the first book was simply just a mediocre book to me. I think I went in with too high expectations because of all the hype... I was just expecting too much. :( I absolutely LOVED Kagawa's The Immortal Rules though!

    So I don't think I'll be reading this one but, you never know, I may end up picking it up one day! I love the idea that it's a spin-off series and there are a few returning characters in it! If only J.K. Rowling would do that... ;)

    Anyway, great review! :D

  4. I haven't read The Iron Fey series yet but I will be picking up The Lost Prince in anticipation of the Iron Traitor getting released. Thanks for your great review, it makes me think I need to pick up the Iron Fey series first so I can appreciate it more!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  5. "This being typical Edward Cullen defense because he doesn’t want to drag anyone into his mess but really he is a good guy."

    Hahaha I agree.
    I found the new new breed of fey to be sooo creepy and I just wish they would all disappear and not bother Meg and Ash! (And Keirran of course). Ethan can stay in the human world for all I care.
    How are you finding The Iron Traitor?

    Great review!


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