Review – The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Lost Prince
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Published: October 23rd 2012

Paperback provided by Harlequin Australia for an honest review

Book Description

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.

My Review

I read the Iron Fey series early last year and I fell in love with the Fey world that Kagawa created and how it crossed into the mortal world. When I found out she wrote a spin off and Meghan's younger brother Ethan was the main character I was really excited and I knew it would be fun. And I wasn't disappointed!

Ethan has struggled with living with the Sight for as long as he can remember. Fey are always stepping into his life and causing havoc. Because of their interference, it appears that Ethan is a dangerous and troubled boy. He is starting over at a new school after being expelled from his previous school and he tries to keep a low profile, but being the new kid always draws attention and it seems that his reputation followed him too. On his first day, he stops a fight with a half pouka/human boy named Todd, and lands in the principal’s office. Trouble seems to find him even if he does his best to avoid it. And Kenzie St James will not leave him alone and she is starting to get under Ethan's skin....

On Ethan’s second day at school Todd goes missing and Ethan tries to locate him but he knows that Todd has been kidnapped by the new Fey that have been lurking around. Ethan continues on as normal and on Saturday he attends a Kali demonstration.  Kenzie happens to be there too as she is doing a report for the school paper. The new ghost-like fey attack Ethan at the tournament and he has to flee to the Nevernever, with Kenzie, for help. That is how their journey begins and we travel through the Nevernever. We meet some new and old characters while they are on their quest to find out why the new fey are kidnapping the half breeds and the exiled fey from earth.

I liked Ethan from the very beginning and I really sympathised with him as he has had to struggle with seeing the fey forever. He feels as though his sister has abandoned him, even though she is queen of the iron fey, he always looked up to her. He decided to learn Kali so that he would be able to defend himself if needed and he has no friends because he doesn't want the fey to use them to torment him. He is a very lonely person and has no one to confide in. When he meets Todd and Kenzie, they seem to wiggle under his skin and he has the need to protect them.

I liked how we got to see a lot of familiar faces that were in the Iron Fey series, Grimiklin, Meghan, Ash, Puck and even Razor, it was great to see them again. Even though I really liked Meghan and Ash in the Iron Fey series, seeing Ethan's POV made me see things in a different light. By the time we see her in The Lost Prince, I resented her a little. I was as cranky as Ethan was and could understand his hurt. It isn't nice to be left behind and to feel like you have been forgotten and that is how Ethan feels after idolising Meghan as a child.

I was really addicted to the storyline and the mystery behind the new Fey. The whole experience is going to change Ethan and his perspective of the Fey. In the beginning of the book he came across as an angry teen but by the end he had definitely grown up and I enjoyed watching the journey. He has a connection with Kenzie, but she has secrets of her own. Their story has only just begun and there is so much that we still don’t know about the new Fey. I am looking forward to see what will happen with Ethan, Kenzie and their new friends in the next book, The Traitor Son, which is due for publication in September.

Once I again need to thank Harlequin Australia for sending me a paperback copy of The Lost Prince to review!!

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