Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa + Giveaway

4 October, 2012 Giveaways, Reviews 68 comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa + GiveawayThe Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1
Published by HarlequinTeen on October 23rd 2012
Pages: 379
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-half-stars

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 name is Ethan Chase.
And I may not live to see my
eighteenth birthday.

Show of hands. How many of you were worried about Kagawa returning to the Nevernever with a spin-off of an already successful series? *raises hand* I mean, let’s think about this for a minute. The Iron Knight concluded and it seemed everything was “happy happy, joy joy,” right? But then there were whisperings in the wind of a spin-off and I found myself saying, “What?! NOOO! NO, Julie! I forbid it! Ya hear?!” At the time the saying “Don’t beat a dead horse” was running through my head and I was so nervous about this new endeavor. If I’m being honest here, spin-offs usually suck big time. But just like in the case of The Immortal Rules, Julie Kagawa has put me in my place saying, “I got this, YO.” And boy, did she ever! The Lost Prince is everything I could want and more. With fresh new characters, cameo appearances and a new evil threatening the Nevernever, how could anyone resist?

Before I begin, I need to get something out of my system.

PUCK!! I LOVE YOU!

*clears throat*

What? Don’t judge me!

Remember the little boy from The Iron King? Meghan’s little brother? Did you ever wonder what happened to him and his family once Meghan had gone off for good with her Ice Prince to rule in the Nevernever as a Queen of Faery? That’s just what The Lost Prince does. And let me tell you, Ethan Chase is not what I expected. The years of being tormented by the fey and losing his sister to their world has made him a very bitter and angry person. Honestly, I don’t blame the guy. He has to constantly look over his shoulder, attempt to pretend They don’t exist so as not to draw attention to himself, push people away so they don’t catch the eyes of The Good Neighbors. It’s a lot of responsibilities for anyone, let alone a teen boy (and yes, he actually sounds like a teen boy). But this is what he has had to endure all his life hopping from school to school due to “bad behavior.” Unfortunately for Ethan, the fey just can’t seem to stay away from him and he ends up on a quest to save the Nevernever.

The plot was brilliantly done. The characters were brilliant. This book was >insert any positive adjective hereworse then the iron fey?! *gasp* I suspect I know exactly who the Forgotten are if I remember a certain scene from The Iron Knight correctly. But even as someone who has followed this series very closely, I have to admit, I have no idea what direction it could possibly go.

The one thing I was worried about most with this spin-off would be comparing the old characters to the new characters. I LOVED the trio in the original series. Meghan, Ash and Puck were the perfect blend of romantic tension, banter and comic relief. And they all do make cameo appearances (Did I mention how much I love Puck?), but this isn’t their story. It’s Ethan, Kenzie and Kierran’s. I really think fans will really enjoy the new trio and it seems like Kagawa has us in for a world of hurt with them too. I mean, I bawled by eyes out so hard with The Iron QueenWhenever I go back to read that last scene I fall to pieces.  But it feels like that could come a lot sooner with The Call of the Forgotten. MY EMOTIONS! Kagawa, stop being so awesome all. the. time! Wait…

#DontStop

And you know what? Even if you haven’t read The Iron Fey – which you’d better go do if you haven’t *gives dagger eyes* – you could still follow along easily to this story. For those who have been waiting for a certain Cait Sith (no relation to the cat pictured above, of course) to guide you back through the Nevernever, this will merely feel like a continuation from the original series. And you noobs? There are a few rules you must familiarize yourself with: Never make a contract with Them. Show no fear when dealing with the Fair Folk. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And as Grim would say, “Do try and keep up.” Welcome to Faery.

ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you!


 

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68 Responses to “Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa + Giveaway”

  1. Marijana Sitar

    Thank you so much for the givaway!! I want this book so badly! 🙂
    Marijana Sitar

  2. Gellie

    I WANTTTT. I can’t wait to read this. I didn’t like The Iron Fey that much but I loved The Immortal Rules! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  3. cynicalsapphire

    Okay, so I didn’t like The Iron Fey personally. I thought they were too predictable, and I didn’t like the characters (except for Puck who’s fan-flipping-tastic). I mean, I didn’t read the last book, and I just found out in this review what happened, and it’s EXACTLY WHAT I KNEW WOULD HAPPEN. Sigh.
     
    However, everyone loves this one and I really liked The Immortal Rules. Do you think it’s better? Darker, maybe? Less obvious?

    • Stephanie Sinclair
      Twitter:

       @cynicalsapphire I think it may be a little obvious if you’ve read the other books because there are clues all throughout the series, but I do think this one is a tad darker the The Iron Fey because the main character’s backgrounds are more sad. 
       
      The Iron Queen was hands down the best out of the original series. But I do think The Lost Prince is a stronger beginning than The Iron King. 

      • cynicalsapphire

         @Stephanie Sinclair Hmmm, I might give it a chance at some point then. A new point of view could make things better for me.
        This is one of those series that pretty much everyone else loves but me! It happens to all of us.

  4. rabbitsfortea

    I loved the first book of Iron Fey, but somehow after the second book my interest kinda waned. 
    It might be the writing that’s a little immaturish but given how that has totally changed in “The Immortal Rules”, I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK. Give me the fey world any day <3
     
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Stephanie Sinclair
      Twitter:

       @rabbitsfortea The second book was my least favorite of the series because of the way Meghan acted towards Ash, but it was loads better in The Iron Queen. She did a lot of growing up. The Lost Prince is much less frustrating.

      • rabbitsfortea

         @Stephanie Sinclair Gosh, I know. The second book really frustrated me in terms of Meghan’s character. I might have to go back to the series then. 
         
        & def reading The Lost Prince!

  5. AnimeGirlAlex

    Uh, yeah, I’m one of those who never picked out the first series. 
    I’m sorry but fae aren’t really mah thing. 
    I’m glad the story was kept fresh and all, though. 

  6. vividly13

    I still haven’t finished the last book in the Iron Fey but look forward to this one.

  7. Elysium

    I have to confess I haven’t read her books before. But I have the first 3! Just never gotten around to read them. And this sounds so good too!

  8. MonsterGirl18

    I AM SO EXCITED!! This looks better even than the others – it has nothing to do with the fact that Ethan is way cuter than Ash or Puck, either. XD

  9. Katy

    Thanks for the giveaway, I’m happy it’s international, because I live in France 😀

  10. Ambrluvsports

    I finally purchased The Iron King just days ago, but now it seems I’m really going to be in for the long haul lol

    thanks for the giveaway!

  11. misscyn

    I’m not sure how I feel about Fey themed books yet, but it seems everyone really  likes Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, so I might just have to give a go haha. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Danielle Nguyen
    Twitter:

    The Iron Fey series is one of those series that I feel got better with each book, so I’m expecting a lot from The Lost Prince. Can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. deadtossedwaves

    I cannot wait to read this bloody book. I’ve been waiting for months. Love this series!!

  14. Melissa Robles

    Thanks for the giveaway!!! I love love The iron fey!! <3 <3 Julie Kagawa is one heck of an amazing writer :3

  15. Jasmine Albitos

    Thank you for such an awesome giveaway!  This is another book in a favorite genre that I will be adding to my TBR list. 🙂

  16. maidenveil

    I’m also soooo excited for this book! I love the Iron Fey series! 🙂
     
    -Len of <a href=”http://maidenveil.blogspot.com”>Musings of a Reader Happy</a>

  17. Realm of Fiction
    Twitter:

    I always tend to worry about a spin-off series when I love the original one. I guess that’s probably why I’ve put off reading my galley for so long! I might make a start on it next week actually. You’re a Puck fan, Steph? We should get t-shirts! 😀

  18. jadie

    thanks for the giveaway, loved the review too. I adored the Iron Fey series and cant wait to read this book!!!

  19. paloma

    I can’t wait for this book to come out! Thank god it’s not some spin-off of a story (while I loved) is done.

  20. MindaInk

    At first I didn’t think I would be that interested in a series starring the non-faery brother of Meghan….but I have a feeling he is special in his own way. The suspense is killing me. Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. Jenn

    I love Julie Kagawa’s books and can’t wait for this one to come out! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  22. Jovial_1

    I’m looking forward to this so much.  It looks like it’s going to be a really good spin-off :).  Thank you.

  23. AprilYedinak

    I am dying to read this!  I read all the others and I can’t wait to read Ethan’s story.

  24. SarahO

    I’ve actually only read The Iron King but I can’t wait to get to the rest of the series, and this book as well.

  25. SnatcherGirl
    Twitter:

    I oddly feel out of love with these books right before Iron Knight, but something tells me I’ll need to pick it up again…xD

  26. Khal_Khaleesi

    I really want to read this book!! It looks so so good, and I’ve heard great things about it =D
     
    x

  27. LeeLou

    This sounds so exciting! I have heard really great things about this book so far. I think I’m really going to like Ethan.

  28. Neyra

    ahhh i’ve heard so much about this series, i have the first book, the iron king… ??? o.O but i haven’t had time to read it 🙁  i ‘m looking forward to it though ^-^

  29. ZaraAlexis

    I’d love to win this since I’ve been working on collecting the Iron Fey series!! Yay! What a cuddlebuggery giveaway! 😀

  30. Lilian S

    i really want to read about Ethan, i already read the iron fey series, and i like it. I’m now officially is a fan of Julie Kagawa.
    Thanks for the giveaway

  31. chikittie

    Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway. I have read all of Julie’s books and love them. 🙂

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