Friday, August 10, 2012

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince (Call of The Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 23rd, 2012
Page count: 379 pages
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Format: E-arc
Who I'd Recommend it To: Fans of The Iron Fey series.
Rating: ★★★★ 1/2
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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.


The book starts off with Ethan, after moving quite a few times, going to a new school. Obviously, he's not the cute, sweet four year old boy we read about in The Iron King. Ethan's all grown up, and he's changed a whole lot. He can see the Faeries, and they torment him constantly, resulting in Ethan trying not to get too close to people, so they don't end up getting hurt.Ethan starts off the book with a mean, cold personality, trying to be as unapproachable as possible, and he has a whole lot of resentment toward his sister Meghan, The Iron Queen, for abandoning him and their family.

This book reminded me of how much I miss The Iron Fey series and being transported into this magical, yet terrifying world. It was so lovely to go back to the Nevernever and to see the characters I adored in the books. Although we don't get to see them much, Ash, Meghan, Puck (who, might I add, is hilarious as always), Grimalkin and many more beloved characters make appearances. It was interesting to see how much had changed, and yet how a lot of things stayed the same.

Even though the old characters were delightful as always, I adored the new ones. Ethan, of course, was a fantastic character. He's a very bitter person and is a major A-hole to many people, but it's understandable. The guy's gone through hell of a lot, but his heart is in the right place. He pushes people away for good reason. He's also trained in Kali, a martial arts involving knives and sticks and stuff. So, yeah, it's safe to say he kicked some ass. 

Kenzie, Ethan's love interest, is a fantastic character, also. She seemed to even out Ethan's angst and moodiness with her lively, bubbly personality. And it was very refreshing to see a popular girl who isn't portrayed as mean and manipulative. It's hilarious how nosy she is, being a reporter and editor for the school's newspaper. She also happens to be surprisingly bad ass at times. And she's a great match for Ethan. They're adorable, and I loved the way their relationship developed. (And her confession at the end. My God. It made me tear up a little, I have to admit.) I'm definitely adding Julie Kagawa to my list of Authors Who I Suspect Are Trying To Kill Me - One Book At a Time. The supporting characters were great, also. I adored reading about Todd,  Annwyl and especially Keirran, who I'm sure we'll see a lot of in the next book!

Once again, Julie Kagawa's writing was amazing. It flows well, and keeps you interested at all times. Her world building is fantastic; everything is described so vividly. There was a lot of things I didn't see coming and didn't expect at all in this book, which is always a good thing. The only fault I can point out right now is the anticlimactic ending, but I feel like it didn't take away from the story that much. I feel like this book is leading up to something epic, so I'm excited to see where it all goes in the next book, for sure.

In short: Julie Kagawa has definitely done it again! The Lost Prince is amazing. This book is everything I'd hoped it'd be: Full of magic, great action, fantastic characters and constant surprises. Fans of The Iron Fey series will definitely not be disappointed!


  1. This sounds amazing and I really enjoyed your review. I haven't read The Iron Fey series, although I own book one and I'm looking forward to checking out Julie's work.

  2. I think this is the official first review I've read for Lost Prince, and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it! I liked the first three books of the Iron Fey series, but for some reason, I had trouble getting into The Iron Knight. I'm planning on eventually trying again, so I can finish the series and (eventually) move on to this one!

    1. I had trouble getting into the last one, as well! Just wasn't the same in Ash's POV. So, yeah, I ended up skim reading it. I was still able to understand this one without fully reading that one, though. :)