Friday, 12 October 2012

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Lost Prince
Author: Julie Kagawa
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Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten
Source: Netgalley
Format: eGalley
Publication Date: 23rd October 2012

Tell Me About It
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
The Ethan that we know and love from the Iron Fey Series is not the same Ethan in The Lost Prince.  Ten years after the events of The Iron Knight, Ethan is older and jaded about life.  Constantly on alert for signs of Them, he has metal earrings, nails in boots, and an iron cross around neck, that's just part of his daily routine before getting breakfast all to protect himself.  Starting a new school, again, after being thrown out of previous one, Ethan just wants to make it through his final year.
Faeries are everywhere and are starting to hunt down half breeds.  Todd, a half phouka and Ethans' friend is taken by faeries and Ethan makes the decision to venture into Nevernever to ask his sister for help.  Ethan must venture into Nevernever and find his sister and ask for her aid in stopping the new fey, however his trip is not made alone as Mackenzie is unwillingly dragged into the Nevernever with him.
"This is the Iron Realm", I told her. "It's still Faery, just a different flavour of crazy."
What he didn't count on was his unknown Nephew, Kierran, offering his aid, and what started out as a day in school ends up become a crazy wild adventure travelling the trods, saving faeries, and learning more about himself in the process.  Together this trio and the occasional assistance from Grimalkin and Puck, set out to find out the truth about what is happening and what they can do to stop it.  A visit to Nevernever would not be a proper visit without some familiar faces making an apperence, Leanansidhe strikes a bargain with someone,  Megan, Ash and Glitch even get a glimpse in this adventure.

The Lost Prince has everything that drew us into the world Julie has created, and even more on top.  I enjoyed getting to see the old gang again and how they are living in the Iron World, but most importantly I loved getting to see how Ethan has grown up, and yes, he may not be the sunny young child we knew and love from The Iron Fey, but he definitely makes a lasting impression.  If you grew up having to see and try to hide what he sees, you would be more jaded and cynical of the world.  On his journey we get to see him putting his fighting skills to good use and I liked getting to see the logical and tactical side to him as he plans out his moves.
Mackenzie is someone who Ethan likes, but refuses to drag into his world, and he tries a lot of ways to get her to go back home.  But when her secret is revealed, and the reason for why she made a deal, my heart broke for both Ethan and her.  Having to go through all what they did and fighting their feelings for each other, to have this hang over their heads with no possible solution.

The Lost Prince is a must read for any fan of the series, and it's one I could not put down.  From the minute I began I was willingly dragged back into the Iron Fey world and I grudgingly let go when I came to the end, which was far too soon in my opinion.  I can't wait to read the next instalment and I am counting down the days already.

1 comment:

  1. This was my first foray into the Iron Realm-and I defintely enjoyed it (what I read of it before the kindle died)! Great review.


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