Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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. (courtesy of Goodreads)
The Lost Prince is the fifth book in the Iron Fey world and is told from a new narrator. You'd think that the series would feel tired, but Julie - amazing writer that she is - inevitably finds a way to make the world of Fey fresh and exciting.
Over a decade has passed since Meghan Chase rescued Ethan from the Never Never and eventually became the Iron Queen. Ethan is no longer the cute, innocent little boy who we met in The Iron King. He's now a teenager with a chip on his shoulder. He resents being abandoned by his sister, hates having the Sight (being able to see fey), and hates how the fey ruin his chance at a normal, safe life as soon as they realize he can see them. It's not always pleasant reading a book from an angry person's point of view, but Ethan was a joy. Maybe because he wasn't as annoying as Meghan was at the beginning of the series. Maybe because of his dark humor. Maybe because his inner nice guy kept sneaking out from under his hard exterior.
As much as Ethan tries to avoid it, he gets sucked into the Never Never when it's discovered that something is destroying exiled fey and half-breeds. Something had to pull him back into the faery world - otherwise we wouldn't have a book.
We're introduced to a few new side characters in The Lost Prince. My favorite is Kenzie, a regular human who gets dragged into Faery with Ethan. She is eternally optimistic, but manages not to seem naive. She's the type of person who sets her mind upon the impossible and gets it done come hell or highwater. She keeps some of Ethan's gloom from falling on the reader and pushes him not only to get further involved with the fey but to also realize that his Sight is not the curse he believes it to be. Kenzie is a stubborn, strong character who is definitely worthy of Ethan.
Best of all, my favorite characters are back. Meghan, Ash, and even Puck play side roles in the book. Oftentimes, the idea of them is more prominent than the characters themselves. But of course, Grimalkin is a key character. It wouldn't be an Iron Fey book without Grim. I loved getting to know Kierran, Meghan and Ash's son, who we sort of had a glimpse of in Iron Knight. He's a cross between his mother and father.
Of course, like all of Julie's books, The Lost Prince is full of action. The book is well paced as Ethan, Kenzie, Keirran, and the rest of their gang face one danger after another on their quest to stop whoever or whatever is destroying the exiles and half-breeds. This book is very plot driven, but honestly the characters interest me much more than the plot. That's the wonderful thing about the series - if you are a plot person, you'll be satisfied. You'll be equally satisfied if you're a character person
I highly recommend The Lost Prince. I wouldn't read it unless you've read the other Iron Fey books, although it is a separate story. Once again, Julia has taken us to the world of the Fey - a world that we simultaneously love and fear - and introduced us to characters we can root for.