Book Review; The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Posted on 6 February, 2013 by Faye - 10 Comments

The Lost Prince

Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: MiraINK
Published: 6th January 2013
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source:: ARC from NetGalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
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


Out of the Darkness

As soon as I heard about The Lost Prince, I was instantly intrigued. I had really enjoyed the Iron Fey series (check out my reviews here and here) and I had also fallen in love with Julie Kagawa’s The Immortal Rules (review here), so I was sure that this new novel was probably going to be just as exciting and interesting as the others and I am happy to report that I was right. While The Lost Prince is different to the other Iron Fey books, it still had the same beautiful descriptions, a gripping and fast-paced plot, and some well-thought out characters, which made it impossible to dislike.

Arises a New Evil

Ethan has been subjected to the fey ever since his older half-fey sister Meghan had to save him from capture within the fey world. Now that he’s older, he tries hard to ignore the fey who try to irritate him and get him into trouble but when his new half-phouka friend Todd disappears, he realises that he can’t just sit back anymore. The plot of this novel was captivating, to say the least, as there was always something going on. This is something that I have come to expect from Julie Kagawa but even I couldn’t guess what horrors would be around the next corner. This novel is covered in mystery, and it is up to Ethan to not only discover the truth but to fight whatever it is, but Ethan is merely a human, out of his element in the midst of a fey war. It is hard not to find this plot utterly enjoyable.

With Wicked Plans

As per usual, it is clear to see that Julie Kagawa has put a lot of time on making her characters realistic and likable. I instantly connected with Ethan, I wanted to do what I could to make it better. He may have seemed cold and distant but sometimes we just reach our limit and feel like we can’t do any more or deal with any more. But then, when things start to get real, Ethan knows that he cannot just sit back and I liked that about him. Despite everything, you could tell that deep down he did care because he was protective by nature. He was stubborn, and strong, but he also had very good reason to be. I’m not sure what it was but I just couldn’t help but enjoy his character. There were moments when his words and actions irritated me, but overall he was a good protagonist and one I was happy to see within this fey-world.

Kenzie was another character that I liked reading. She was strong, confident, stubborn and wouldn’t listen to Ethan because she was going to do her thing with or without his consent. She was caring and friendly, and it was clear that despite trying hard not to, Ethan was drawn to her. The romance between them was slow, it wasn’t something that was supposed to happen but something that they just couldn’t stop and I really liked that about them. It wasn’t a blinding, irritating love and that made it perfect for me. There was a third character I will mention – but not by name for spoilers – that I really enjoyed reading about. Unfortunately I knew who he was as soon as he made an appearance but even that made a massive grin appear on my face. He was mischievous, fun, and protective, and I really hope we get to see more of him soon! Bumping into the characters from the Iron Fey series was also great.

That Will Destroy

Once again, Julie Kagawa has proven that she is a talented and wonderful author who can write from many different perspectives and can keep the world she created alive and beautiful on the page. I have to admit that I am rather addicted to her writing style but I can understand that it may not be to everyone’s tastes. But if you’d like a story that is action-packed and fast-paced then you really should be reading her novels. When it comes to the inter-linking with the Iron Fey series, The Lost Prince can be read as a stand-alone, separate from the series, but I personally felt I got a lot more from this story because I had the background knowledge of the other characters. But then, that’s really probably only because I got to grin like a silly person when my favourite characters appeared on the page!

Until It Wins

This is a novel that is well-written, well-described, and highly entertaining. It holds a unique and interesting plot that really grabs the reader, making them not only want to know what’s happening but need to know. It was fun in some places, causing me to laugh aloud, and then there were moments of worry, anger, and sadness but it all just made the experience of the novel truly captivating. I would easily recommend this book to other readers, especially to those who like reading books with beautiful descriptions or those who just love fey stories, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has read and loved The Iron Fey series. This is a book that I am certain I would be able to re-read again and again!

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

Faye

10 Comments

  • Ah, I’m happy that you loved it as much as I did! I hear a lot of complaints about Kenzie, but I really liked her :) It’s good to see that you liked her too. I completely agree about their romance. It was so sweet and slow, exactly what I want to see in a book.
    Great review!

  • Marni says:

    I haven’t read this yet but it sounds good. I just wanted to mention how much I like the cover compared to the US one. I like ours but love yours!

    Other than that, great review!

  • I’ve always been sort of hesitant to try faery stories, as they aren’t really my thing, however, I can appreciate an author that has an expansive imagination and one who delivers beautiful imagery. I also like that Julie weaves in characters from other books, even if its only in a subtle way. Very cool.

    If I were to start getting into faery stories, would you recommend I start with the Iron Fey series?

    • I can totally get that, I started my first fey stories with trepidation but I actually haven’t found any that I dislike yet! (*fingers crossed it stays that way*)

      It’s definitely a good series to start with! My first was Bridger by Megan Curd which is also a good fey book that eases you into the irish folklore side of things :-)

  • Alexandra says:

    Third character? IS THIS PUCK? OR GRIM? Either would make me extremely happy.
    Augh. I loved the original Iron Fey trilogy, but I just couldn’t get into Iron Knight, and I don’t even know why – I adore faerie kingdoms and quests and Ash-and-Puck-and-Grim so I should have adored it, but I just… didn’t. But your review is making me think I should really give this one a go. :-)

    • *taps nose* I’M NOT TELLING. You have to read it and find out! :D

      This one is more in the style of the old Iron Fey series as opposed to Iron Knight :-)
      It’s our main protagonist, mysterious evil, and fighting to save everyone. You know, how it was before :D Just with a new protagonist!
      I think you’ll like :)

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