Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

13 November, 2012 Reviews 10 comments

I received this book for free from Publisher 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 KagawaThe Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1
Published by HarlequinAUS on November 1st 2012
Pages: 400
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Format: ARC
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three-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.

This novel is one of Julie’s books that will have you demanding for the second one as soon as you finish your read.

Look, last time I knew Ethan he was a five years old.  Please tell me I’m not the only one conflicted about the boy on the cover!   I almost didn’t want to read this book because I kept expecting Chris Hansen to come in and tell me to take a seat.

Then I’d be like, “I swear!  He’s sixteen!  I just READ about him when he was five!  He’s totally of age now!”

Then I’d cry dramatically JUST like this.

But, facts are facts, folks.  Ethan’s aged like a fine brandy if brandy had washboard abs and a butt built for spanking.  AAAAAAaaaaaannndd, I just reached my creepy quota for the review.  Wow.  That didn’t take long.

So Ethan meets up with Love-Interest while trying to avoid the Fae working their darndest to ruin his life.  To save his and the Love-Interest’s life they escape into Fairyland to track down his sister and solve the mystery and try to save the world.

More Facts: you don’t need to have read the Iron Fey series to read this book.  There’s enough back history and explanatory exposition to make it through. I certainly haven’t read The Iron Fey series and I managed to enjoy this one as a standalone.

Like angst?  Ethan’s your main dude.  Seriously.  Kid could bottle that stuff.  I’m sure there’s a roaring trade in teenage self-pity tears.  But he’s balanced out so nicely with Kenzie who would, by herself, be kind of a meh character.  I might have found them both insufferable frustrating except they seemed to bring out the best in each other.  So if teenage hot boy angst is your thing – hit this one up!  It has it in spades.

Other than that you have all your old friends back.  Meghan, Ash, Grimalkin, Puck et all and then you have some newer ones and then you have a pretty decent and solid mystery/action story going on.

Julie Kagawa’s come along way since the first novel of hers that I read, The Iron King. I didn’t get bored, kept eye rolling to a minimum and largely enjoyed the narrative.

There’s one young man in the book though, I won’t mention who he is.  But I will say this: Son. SON! Don’t go breaking our hearts, m’kay?  You’ve reduced me to quoting Elton John here.  It doesn’t get more serious than this.

 

So, over all summation is that I want to hunt down the Iron Fey series and read that.  Then I want to hunt down the novellas and read them.  Then I want to start badgering the Harlequin Teen’s publicist to put me on the list for the next one.  I’d say that’s a ringing endorsement.  Wouldn’t you?

Kat Kennedy

Kat Kennedy

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10 Responses to “Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa”

  1. cynicalsapphire

    Is sixteen of age in Australia? Because it’s still hands off in America. O__O That is pretty awkward. Kind of like the Star Wars prequels where Padme’s all “oh hey baby Annikin”
     
    You’ve made me curious. I hated the Iron Fey, but I like what you said about the MCs bringing out the best in one another. I also want to know about the dude who inspires Elton John.

  2. Kate C.

    Maybe the fourth book in the Iron Fey killed my love for the series, because I’m finding myself very MEH about the whole idea of Ethan having a story.  *shrugs*

  3. VeganYANerds

    I enjoyed this for the most part too, apart from Ethan – ha! He was a bit over the top with all his moodiness but you’re right about Kenzie balancing him out – I’m glad she was around!

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