Expected Release Date: October 23rd, 2012
Finished Date: August 10th, 2012
Publishers: Harlequin Teen
Source: ARC For Review
The Review: Julie Kagawa is back with this spin off series to The Iron Fey and The Lost Prince is the first in the series. It's magical, spell-bounding and dark and let's not forget....dangerous and it is so great to be back in this compelling world.
Ethan Chase knows all about the Fey because his sister, Meghan is The Iron Queen. He tries to avoid the fey and he tries to never attracts attention to himself. He basically hides away from the world other than going to school and doing Filipino martial arts, and it saddens him to sees the disappointment in his parents eyes at what he's become. He never meant to become this person but knowing about the Fey can do that to a person. Eventually Ethan is dragged into the world of Faery and despite his best efforts, he drags Kenzie, a girl from school along with him. Now Ethan and Kenzie must go on a journey into Faery to warn Meghan, that there is a new kind of Fey attacking the half-breeds and exiles and in the process try to rescue his friend that has been kidnapped.
It's no secret how much I adore The Iron Fey series. It's one of my top favourite series ever so when I heard Julie was releasing a spin off series, I knew I had to read it. Julie is one of those authors that I will love anything that she writes. She has a very creative imagination and she has a keen eye for detail. She makes her stories come to lifebecause there so vivid and full of twists and turns. Julie really raises the bar with every story she writes and weaves in complex story line's that are full of pure awesomeness.
With this story being told from Ethan's point of view, we see a whole new outlook to the Fey. Ethan hates them and it really clouds his judgement. He can't look past the fact that the Fey were responsible for taking Meghan away from his family. I liked Ethan. It was hard to get used to picturing him as a 17 year old boy because in previous books he was only 4 years old. He's changed so much and I can't help feel sorry for him. I wanted him to come to terms with his sister's fate and I wanted to see him overcome his angry to the Fey, and as the story progresses we do see that. Kenzie played a big role in Ethan's progress. She's introduced to world she knows nothing about and she really takes it on the chin. She doesn't stand for Ethan's rudeness or anger. I really enjoyed them together and I'm excited to see where they next go.
Now this book wouldn't be the same without an appearance from Meghan, Puck, Grim, Razor and of course....ASH! Oh, Ash how I've missed you! As soon as he came on the scene, I got butterflies in my stomach. He's one of my ultimate book boyfriends so I wanted him in this story. All though his role is small, it's better than nothing. And of course it was nice to see the other characters too. We also see new characters like Annwly & Keirran. If you've read The Iron Knight then you'll know who Keirran is but I loved him. He can be my Ash substitute and I'm VERY eager to see what lies ahead for him.
Overall, fans of The Iron Fey will love this instalment from Julie Kagawa. She doesn't disappointment and delivers an intriguing, unique and captivating story with The Lost Prince. A must read!
A big thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.