PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen
RELEASE DATE: 23rd October 2012
FORMAT: ARC, 400 pages
GENRE: Paranormal, Young Adult
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. (Goodreads)
When I love an author I quite often pick up their next book without reading the premise and I did so with THE LOST PRINCE, I was expecting the story to be from the point of view of Prince Keirran, the prophesied son of The Iron Queen Meghan and Prince Ash, so imagine my disappointment when I opened it up to find out it’s from the point of view of Meghan’s younger half-brother Ethan.
I was not disappointed for long, Ethan turned out to be quite exciting to follow, labelled as a trouble youth, wearing clothing inside out, multiple piercings and due to possessing faery sight, destruction seemed to follow him. Ethan is entirely human but has always been able to see faeries and see through their disguises, Ethan see this as a curse and tries to avoid any contact with the fey.
Ethan has started a new school, this time he want it to work out and tries to stay off the raider, this attitude doesn’t last long as when he sees a bully, the quarter-back picking on a fellow peer Todd, Ethan steps forward to protect him, although Todd is a half-blooded fey. Despite his cold, hard exterior, Ethan shows his caring, protective nature from the off, he is courageous and very endearing, I liked and connected to him quickly.
Todd now realising that Ethan can see the Netherworld, turns to Ethan for help after the local fey start to disappear and feels like he could be next. A new faery seems to have arrived in the form of a ghostly, wraith like, glamour sucking fey. These unforgotten fey are preying on exiles and half-bloods as to avoid detection from the courts in the Netherworld, after these fey confront Ethan to stay out of their business, Ethan is happy to do so, until Todd disappears, then Ethan decides to investigate.
The unforgotten Fey decide that they must prevent Ethan from contacting his half-sister Meghan, The Iron Queen and attack him when Kenzie, a cute girl who is the school reporter was trying to get a statement from Ethan at an event.
Kenzie is a strong, courageous human girl that was innocently dragged by Ethan into the Netherworld, now Ethan and Kenzie set off to find Meghan following a special guide, Grimalkin. Once Ethan and Kenzie arrive at the Iron Court, Ethan is hailed as the lost Iron Prince. Once in the palace Meghan wants to protect Ethan and tries to prevent him from seeking Todd and all the other missing faeries.
However, Prince Keirran has other ideas, as time differs in the Neverworld Keirran is roughly the same age as Ethan and so the adventure begins. THE LOST PRINCE continues the usual pattern of the plot that the Iron Fey Series follows, two males, one female, a cat and a quest, only this time the main protagonists are Ethan, Keirran and Kenzie, some may think this could get boring and repetitive but I was thoroughly entertained all the way through.
Although the plot is familiar the story is unique, with a few twists, a touch of romance, devious faery deals and special appearances from Ash, Meghan and Puck I loved being back into Kagawa’s world, although I’m unsure about Prince Keirran.
There is a great chemistry between Kenzie and Ethan but Ethan feels that there is more to Kenzie and he was right, Kenzie is hiding a secret.
But there was still that tiny sense of unease, that dark, ominous thing Kenzie had been keeping from me since we’d met. I knew some secrets weren’t meant to be shared, that knowing them could change your perspective of a person forever. I suspected this might be one of those times.
This secret brings them closer and I have high hopes of their relationship and story developing further in The Traitor Son, I can’t wait.
I will be honest and say that I am biased and if you haven’t guessed I’m a huge fan of Julie Kagawa. I loved THE LOST PRINCE it had action, twists, romance and tricky faeries, with a few familiar favourites from the Iron Fey series thrown in, I couldn’t asked for much more. The writing flows beautifully, the world created is vivid and exciting and the characters are completely absorbing.
I can’t get enough of the fey Kagawa has created and I’m greatly anticipating the next installment, to see how this new and fragile relationship between Ethan, Keirran and Kenzie develops and to see if the prophecy from Iron Prophecy will come to pass, I hope not.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- The Lost Prince
- The Traitor Son
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