Monday, October 22, 2012

Review: The Lost Prince

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Publication Date: October 23rd 2012
Pages: 379
Source: Ebook from Publisher
Genre: Fantasy, Romance

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.
Please know if that if you have not read the Iron Fey series, there will be spoilers in this review.

I absolutely LOVED the Iron Fey series, so when I was approved for this book I completely freaked out. Of course, nothing will ever be as good as the original four books in the series, but this spin off was well worth reading. The Lost Prince is told in the point of view of Ethan Chase, Meghan's little brother, in his teen years. Ever since he was little he has been able to see the Fey as the make his life terrible day after day. He hasn't seen his sister in years, and now a half fey friend of his has gone missing like all the other fey that live in the mortal world. Now he is forced to seek his sister's help and return to the Nevernever to try and save his friend along with the help of a girl he accidentally involved in this crazy journey. And that's just the beginning.

My absolute favorite thing about this book was that it gave a different perspective on all of the characters of the Iron Fey series, giving different opinions and almost making me rethink my ideas of each of the main characters. Ethan has a very different personality from Meghan, who narrated the first three books in the series, and from Ash who narrated the fourth book. Because it's told in his point of view it's easier to see the unlikable characteristics of both of those characters, as well as Puck who shows up in the book at one point. New characters in the story include Todd, a half fey friend of Ethan's who was kidnapped by some unknown fey, Kenzie, the girl that gets sucked into the Nevernever with Ethan, and a character you might recognize briefly from The Iron Knight, Kierran. 

The beginning was a bit slow because you have to get into a new character that was never in the previous books much, and he has such a different perspective on the world than Meghan. The point where it really started to pick up was maybe 50 pages into the book when Ethan finally makes it into the Nevernever and the journey begins!

One thing that was kind of noticeable about the story, is that it was obvious that this book was written for the sake of continuing the series, not because there was more of the story to tell. It's not like this book doesn't work or doesn't fit in with everything that happened with the other books, but when your really think about it, how likely is it for all the stuff that happened in the first four books to happen and then get all better, and then all of a sudden there's this problem.

1 comment:

  1. I liked getting the different perspective on them too. I wasn't actively thinking about it while I was reading, I just flew through this book, but after reading your review and thinking back on was pretty interesting. Especially since Ethan had such...different feelings about everyone than we as readers would have had. Great review!