Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince
by Julie Kagawa

ISBN-13: 9-780373-210572
Publication: October 2012 from Harlequin Teen
Rating: 4 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I really liked it!
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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 by Julie Kagawa starts another series in The Iron Fey world, this time focusing on Meghan Chase’s little brother Ethan – who’s not so little anymore. Growing up being able to see the Fey, Ethan has become adept at avoiding their own unique brand of trickery, but not without some hiccups along the way. Quite a few schools later, and Ethan is sullen, broody and anti-social (with very good reason). This newest school will prove interesting, though.

I really liked that we get to see the Fey from Ethan’s point of view. He knows them as trickster, problems and more than a little mean and vicious. He’ll do anything to avoid the Fey and the Nevernever. That all comes crashing down with the intrusion of a half-breed Phouka, a girl named Kenzie and a new Fey that seems to be wrecking terror on any fey found in the mortal realm – exiles and half-breeds alike. Ethan gets dragged into the conflict against his will, and we get a story full of action, intrigue and lots of familiar faces! It’s so nice to see Ethan fleshed out and given more character. Yes, he’s broody, but he’s also loyal, smart, strong and determined. Ethan’s got a good head on his shoulders and he uses it. Also his kick-ass fighting moves.

Grimalkin is everywhere, and it was great to see Meghan and Ash from a different point of view. While in the land of Iron there are some new faces, particularly that of Keirran. Very mysterious, and you know he plays into things somehow. And how cool is it that Ethan has more to do with the Fey than he’d want – prince? Definitely! He can’t avoid Meghan forever, but he tries his hardest. There are some beautiful scenes in the book, especially the fairy rings in Ireland – amazing description, very vivid. Emotions flow through Kagawa’s writing and she can spin a mystery extremely well.

While The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa is a whole new chapter in The Iron Fey, it develops seamlessly from the first series featuring Meghan. With a fast-paced, interesting plot, well-developed characters, a good beginning mystery and wonderful writing, The Lost Prince is an excellent addition to The Iron Fey series and a definite must read for any fan!

e-ARC received from Harlequin Teen and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!