The Lost Prince

Book: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Published October 2012 by Harlequin Teen

How I Got It: Purchased for my Nook (400 pages)

Genre: YA/Paranormal: Fairies

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Goodreads.com 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.

I totally wasn’t sure what to expect with The Lost Prince.  I mean, I loved The Iron Fey series, and I was hoping that The Lost Prince would meet the high expectations that Kagawa set with The Iron Fey.

I really liked The Lost Prince.  We see Ethan again, since The Iron Fey was more of Meghan’s story.  It’s nice to see his story, and what his life was like after being taken into the Iron Realm years earlier.

He is one bitter, angry guy, and I don’t really blame him.  He basically gets kidnapped, and then goes on to lose his sister, who becomes the Iron Queen.  Him pushing people away- which is understandable- got somewhat irritating.  He’s not the cute 4-year-old we saw in The Iron Fey, and has become all moody.  I’m not completely sure how I feel about Ethan yet.  How he acts makes so much sense, and it’s nice to see a character that I wondered about when reading TIF.  But…there’s something about him that seemed off.

As for other characters, we have the usual characters- Ash, Meghan, Puck and Grimalkin all makes appearances.  We meet Kenzie, a girl from Ethan’s new school, and Kierran, who is Ethan’s nephew (and the son of Ash and Meghan).  Kenzie’s desire to get Ethan out of his shell was slightly irritating, but Kenzie’s character also made a lot of sense at the end of the book.

And Kierran.  I have the feeling that Kierran and Ethan are going to remind me of Puck and Ash.  There is something similar about the two relationships.  Kierran’s interesting, because he can use magic from all three courts.

In The Iron Fey, we had iron faeries.  But in The Lose Prince, we have The Forgotten, and we have a war coming.  It’ll be interesting to see what Kagawa does with them, especially since Kagawa mentioned them a few times in The Iron Fey.  How Kagawa comes up with the characters and world she does, I don’t know.  But I love that she’s now focusing on the Forgotten, because their mention in The Iron Fey was really interesting.

Final thoughts: I really liked The Lost Prince.  In all honesty, it just felt like something was missing, and I can’t quite put my finger on it.  Still, it’s a pretty solid book, and I wasn’t disappointed by it.  It gets a 4 out of 5.

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