Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Lost Prince (Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1}

Author: Julie Kagawa

Published: Harlequin November 2012

Synopsis: 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.

Status: Read on October 23, 2012 — I own a copy {Courtesy of Harlequin Australia}

My Thoughts:

Fans of Kagawa’s young adult paranormal series The Iron Fey have been waiting excitedly for this spin off featuring Ethan Chase, the younger brother of Meghan Chase, the Iron Queen. Ethan is seventeen and has spent the last ten years defending himself against Them, the faeries that delight in tormenting a human with the Sight. Cultivating a bad boy persona to keep others at arms length for their own protection, he has gained a reputation as a troublemaker which sees him start a new school mid semester. Despite his plans to keep his head down, on his very first day he attracts the attention of school golden girl, Kenzie and intervenes in the bullying of a half-phouka, Todd. When Todd goes missing and Ethan and Kenzie are attacked by the Forgotten he is forced to enter the Nevernever to seek his sister’s help.

Kagawa’s world of fey is quirky, imaginative and unpredictable. I thought her creation of the Iron fey inspired but here the author reinvents lore again with the Forgotten. First introduced in The Iron Knight, the Forgotten are the fey who have faded from human memory. In The Lost Prince, they have found a way back from limbo into the Between, and the world.

While it took me a long while to warm up to Meghan, I had no such qualms with Ethan. The Lost Prince is written in his first person point of view and immediately reveals an appealing character who is smart and resourceful, Ethan is not a passive victim of Them, he has learnt ways to protect himself from faerie. Ethan does harbour a lot of resentment though, at his sister for disappearing into the Iron Realm, at the death of a childhood friend lured by a phouka, and his memories of being kidnapped as a child. Coming to terms with his experiences is a struggle, especially when he has no choice but to involve himself in the fey world.

Fans of the original series will be pleased to catch up with Meghan, Ash and Puck who all make an appearance, along with Grimalkin and The Exile Queen. It is Keirran, Meghan and Ash’s son, that becomes involved in Ethan’s quest though, revealing incredible power and a strange connection with the Queen of the Forgotten.

The Lost Prince is a fabulous start to Kagawa’s new spinoff, as enchanting as the Iron fey series but with new twists and turns to keep it fresh and interesting. I am already looking forward to the next installment The Traitor Son due for release in late 2013.

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tahlia Newland
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 13:41:05

    Sounds good.



  2. DannyBookworm
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 16:24:25

    Oh I loved Ethan right away too, he was so angry and it broke my heart!



  3. Robyn
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 16:30:57

    This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review. Another book you might want to read soon is called, “Up From Corinth: Book 2 of Journey Into Darkness” by author J. Arthur Moore. I just finished this book and it was amazing!

    Duane Kinkade enters the Civil War at Shiloh in search of his father, but finds the mind-numbing chaos of battle, fear, the loss of a friend, and his own wounding; leading to an unexpected new and deep friendship in the other army as he is cared for after the battle.



  4. The Australian Bookshelf
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 21:40:45

    Great review, Shelleyrae. I’m looking forward to reading The Lost Prince shortly. I haven’t read the Iron Fey series, but I was told it shouldn’t matter too much… though it seems like some background info on the characters would be beneficial



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  6. Teddyree
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 16:38:18

    my review for this one goes up on Thursday, I wasn’t a fan of The Iron King and didn’t really warm to Meghan either so I never continued with the series but I really enjoyed The Lost Prince. Maybe even enough to complete the Iron Fey series 🙂



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