Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)

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.

Okay so I wasn't the biggest fan of the first few books in the Iron Fey series but The Iron Knight and Kagawa's The Immortal Rules really impressed me, so when this new spin-off series was announced I knew that I had to read it... I had my reservations though, spin-offs can either be fantastic or awful and I was hoping - no, praying - that Kagawa would not let me down with The Lost Prince.

The verdict? I did really enjoy this book despite it having quite a few flaws, mainly with characterisation. The appearance of several of the original characters was definitely a highlight though the more mature Ash and Meghan made me feel oddly sad and sentimental. I loved seeing Puck and Grimalkin, they were fantastic as always. The new characters I didn't like so much, Ethan was likable enough but I think Kagawa was trying really hard to make him a bad boy with a heart of gold without giving him much else, but Kenzie really annoyed me. I started to like her a bit more towards the end and her secret that is revealed at the end may make me a little more sympathetic in the next book, which I will definitely be reading, but she was just annoying and pushy and I wasn't a big fan.

I did feel that the storyline was very similar to the storylines from the original series, with a journey through the never-never to find out more about a new type of fey, it was interesting to revisit old places and  explore more of the never-never and Kagawa's beautiful descriptions of the haunting and gorgeous places is great as always. Kagawa has also improved on her habit of telling not showing and so the pacing and writing was so much better.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Lost Prince. I have to know it down a grade just because I had some problems with the new characters and it didn't seem that original to the original series. I did enjoy seeing the old characters and the great descriptions of the places.

Book released 23rd October 2012 by Harlequin Teen/January 6th 2012 by Mira Ink
ARC received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review (eBook)

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