Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Book Review: The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) by: Julie Kagawa

Release Date: October 23, 2012 from Harlequin Teen
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Source: I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

"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’s 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 myths 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."

My Thoughts:

This is one of those books that I have been dying to get my hands on. I am a huge fan of The Iron Fey, so when I discovered that there was going to be a spin off series with Ethan I was immediately drawn to it. I was dying to go back into the Nevernever and see what some of my favorite characters are up to. 

Seeing Ethan again was a bit of a shock. The last time we saw him, he was four years old so it takes a bit getting used to seeing him as a teenager. We learn that things have not been very easy for Ethan growing up and that fey have tormented him his entire life. While it took me a bit to get used to Ethan as a teen, once I did I really liked him. He is strong and courageous, but he is also very closed off. He is afraid to let others get close to him for fear of what the fey will do to them. That is until Kenzie comes along. Kenzie doesn't put up with his tough guy crap. She can tell it is all an act and is determined to find out what is underneath. I really liked Kenzie's character and I think the best way to describe her would be fierce. There are some other characters I enjoyed, but I'll let you read the book and discover them for yourself.

Of course, we see some of our favorite characters again. Ash, Puck, Grimalkin, and Meghan all make an appearance and I'm not going to lie my favorite parts of the book was when these guys showed up. I loved seeing these guys again and it really made me want to go back and re-read the original series all over again. However, I did realize that I was reading The Lost Prince mostly to meet these beloved characters once again. I was not as invested in Ethan's story as I should have been, I was more interested in when I would see Ash or Puck or Meghan again. I feel like this is a problem with a lot of spinoffs. It is very hard for the new characters to live up to the original ones you fell in love with. While I liked the new characters, they were not the original trio. I cared about Ethan's story, but not as much as I wanted to when I first began reading.

While I may personally like the original series better, that does not mean The Lost Prince was bad, not by a long shot. I enjoyed the story and it kept me guessing from beginning to end. Julie Kagawa is a great writer and reading this story was effortless. You will get sucked into the Nevernever once again.

All in all The Lost Prince is a good read. Fans of the original series will enjoy going back into this world once again.


  1. Great review! I still need to finish up the previous books in this series but I'm really excited about starting this one. It sounds really great and I love this world. I'm happy that favorite characters make an appearance too.

  2. I'm excited about reading this, but am confused by Ethan. It's only b/c he was a baby, and it just feels weird to me. But I am looking forward to it. Thanks for the review!

    1. It felt weird for me too! But Julie does a god job and you get used to it pretty quick.

  3. I am very excited to read this one too! I have yet to read the Iron Fey series I think I'll start with those first and then read this. I am intrigued by this world of fey people, and the characters sound very promising! I can't wait to get my hands on this series! Brilliant review, Teresa! :)

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    1. Yes, read The Iron Fey series first and then read this. You will love Ash and Puck and Meghan and all of the lovely lovely characters.

  4. Great review! I feel left out because I haven't read The Iron Fey series! You really make me want to just run out and get the entire series, but I don't think should because, well, I'm not wearing any pants. I didn't buy these boxers off a hobo just so that I could conceal them under some pants!...well that and I spent my last million dollars buying these boxers and forgot to set aside some book buying money (I know huge oversight on my part! I should have asked the hobo to set me up with an installment plan).I guess The Iron Fey series will have to wait. Great/awesome/wonderful review, as always. Can't wait to read The Iron Fey series so I can read The Lost Prince!

    1. I have no clue how to properly respond to this awesome comment. I guess I will start with this: What!?!?! You haven't read The Iron Fey yet?! Sell those boxers and get some money so you can immediately go out an buy the boxed set because that is a series you need to read.... like yesterday. They are one of my all time favorites.

      Thanks for the lovely comment :D


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