Book Review of The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Lost Prince

Author: Julie Kagawa

Release Date: October 23rd, 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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.

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: Julie is own of those authors that I will automatically buy whenever she publishes a book. I fell head over heels in love with her Iron Fey (The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen and The Iron Knight) series and was ecstatic when I heard she was going to do a spin off series in that world.

In The Lost Prince we follow Ethan, Meghan’s brother, who is trying to get through life without drawing the attention of the Fey. The last time we saw Ethan, he was being rescued by Meghan and was very young. So seeing him now, as a teenager, was quite an adjustment. I think it was a brilliant way for Julie to keep us engaged in this world, because we really did have great resolution with Meghan’s story, but the world Julie created was too magical to not write about more. Ethan was a great character to spin off with considering he had a large role in how this series began. With his traumatic entrance into the world of the Fey, there is no way he would leave it unscathed and The Lost Prince explores that.

While Ethan does share similar characteristics with his sister, his dealings with the Fey and barely there sister, have left him with a harsh outlook on life. His friend Kenzie calls him on it:

“Anyway,” Kenzie continued, “we’re still on for that interview, right? You’re still planning on showing up, I hope. I’m dying to know what goes on in that broody head of yours.”

“I don’t brood.”

She snorted. “Tough guy, if brooding was a sport, you’d have gold medals with scowling faces lining the walls of your room.”

Who can blame the guy though? He has had a hard life and no one to talk to about it or vent out his frustrations. Even though he keeps everyone at arm’s length and feigns the “tough guy” attitude, he is lonely. I loved getting to know Meghan when she was on her journey and I enjoyed getting to know Ethan just as much. His sarcastic nature and quick wit had me laughing numerous times throughout the novel.

While he has been trying his hardest to stay out of Fey affairs, he get sucked back into it when a friend of his goes missing. He tries his hardest to keep a low profile, but cannot ignore all the strange things happening around him. Though he is not happy about it and comments about it to a familiar “friend”:

“Dammit, I don’t know why I’m here. Why am I here? I was hoping I’d never see this place again.”

“Please,” the cat said in that annoyingly superior voice, eyeing me over its leg. “Why are you even surprised, human? Your last name is Chase, after all. I was expecting your arrival any day now.”

As you can see, Julie did have some familiar characters make cameos in The Lost Prince and I was so thankful that we got to catch up on how life in Faery has progressed since we last visited. The book is still focused on Ethan, but the characters we have come to know and love still play a part in that and I appreciated Julie incorporating them into Ethan’s story. I thought I would miss all of them and not like Ethan as much, but the opposite was true. Julie nailed the male point of view and as a result Ethan really grew on me.

One of the secondary characters I was particularly interested in was Kierran. If you have read this series before, his name might look familiar with you. I was happy that he appeared on the page so many times and we got to know his character more. I was a little disappointed with some of his decisions towards the end, but I think those will make the next book very interesting.

As for the plot, something very strange is happening in Faery and there is not too much I can say without ruining the story. Julie has an amazing ability to come up with interesting and engaging stories that keep me glued to the pages and The Lost Prince is no exception.

The Lost Prince has a unique plot with memorable characters that will keep you coming back for more. The world Julie has created is mesmerizing and I enjoy every trip I take to Faery when I read one of her novels. I am looking forward to future books in this series and seeing where Ethan’s life will take him next.

FTC: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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