Friday, January 25, 2013

Book Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Note: If you haven't read The Iron Fey series then don' read as this contains MAJOR spoilers for that series.
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Length: 379 pages

"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."


Protagonist: Ethan Chase, the formerly four-year old brother of Iron Queen Meghan Chase is all grown up and due to his past trauma in the Nevernever he harbors a deep hatred for all things fey. He does his best to keep a low profile and to not bring attention to himself, but that never stops the fey completely. Now he has a reputation as a trouble maker due to run ins with the fey that leave him looking guilty of crimes such as arson. I was entranced by his passionate disdain for the fey and the internal struggle that he faced when he needed fey help to protect his family and those he cares about. Ethan also has a grudge with Meghan as she cut off ties with him when he was still very young. Those who have read Iron's Prophecy know why, but Ethan only knows that his sister turned her back on her family for Them.

Romance: Ethan's romance is with a girl named Kenzie that he meets when he starts at a new school after being expelled form his old one. Kenzie is, coming from a guy's perspective, totally my type. She is beautiful, while at the same time won't hesitate to bash a few skulls if she needs to. She is stubborn, smart, and won't let anyone stand in her way. She and Ethan don't exactly have an instant connection, especially since he pushes her away every five seconds to keep her away from the fey. I liked that, while there isn't a slow burn that evolves into an epic love over time, it wasn't too unbelievably instant. We also get to experience some romance from Ash and Meghan's son Keirran who has some forbidden love of his own.

World-Building: I didn't think it any more possible to add world building elements to this vast and wonderful Nevernever, but once again I was proven wrong. We are more formally introduced to "The Forgotten" who are fey who have been eradicated from the minds of mortals and have lost their glamour and their names, so now they feed off of the glamour of other fey, starting with the exiles and half-breeds in the real world. We also get a few cameos from Iron Fey characters, we only get one scene with former protagonist Meghan and two scenes with Puck and Ash, but my favorite character of all is back and gets a variety of scenes with out new protagonist and co. Yes, Grimalkin is back and finds humans just as boring and predictable as he ever did with Meghan.

Predictability: I was very excited with he lack of predictability for this book. Even when I think I may know what's going on from various foreshadowing scenes I'm still caught entirely off-guard with what happens. I'm not sure I can even name a time where I knew exactly what was gong to happen, which means I'm either getting rusty or this book is great at keeping secrets. There were a few times when I knew something was up but couldn't quite put my finger on it.

Ending: The ending, much like that of Iron's Prophecy left me feeling like anything can happen, it didn't quite plateau like most first books in a series do, but I felt like there needed to be something more that would steer me into the direction this story's going to go, because right now, with a title like The Traitor Son for the next installment I'm a bit nervous.

Overall, this is a great 5 out of 5. I don't think I could have given it a worse score even if I was extremely picky. The characters were written extremely well and the storyline is leaving me itching for more and concerned about what may come.

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  1. Ok, so I saw "major spoiler" and I stopped there. I have this one. Have had it for a while. Still have not picked it up. Not sure what I am going to do with it. I really need to just pick it up and read it!

    1. Haha, Brooke the Major spoilers are for Iron Fey, you're all good to read it no spoilers major or otherwise for this book in this review

  2. Hey! I nominated you for the Liebster Award! http://mycrazybookobsession.blogspot.se/2013/01/liebster-blog-award.html?m=1

  3. I just finished reading The Iron knight and I can't wait to read this! Kagawa is one of the best author. Ever.