Monday, 4 February 2013

Review - The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)

Goodreads description: 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.

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Julie Kagawa revisits the world of the Iron Fey in her stunning new series, Call of the Forgotten. Whilst Meghan rules the Iron Kingdom as Queen, her younger brother Ethan, who was only four when she first disappeared into the Nevernever, has never forgotten her – even though he and his parents have to pretend she never existed. It’s dangerous for humans to get involved with faeries, but the faery world refuses to leave Ethan alone, and when he stands up for a half-breed faery-human, he doesn’t realise just how fast things can get out of control. Half faeries and exiles are disappearing, and when the sinister ghost-fey responsible notice Ethan asking questions, they come after him. Now Ethan’s stuck in the Nevernever with his new human friend Mackenzie, and it seems his birthright isn’t as easy to escape as he thought…

I couldn’t wait to read this book, and it was far from disappointing. I like Ethan as a protagonist, even when he’s pushing people away so they won’t attract the attention of the fey, which is understandable, considering how what happened to his sister has affected his life. I like Kenzie’s no-nonsense attitude and her fearlessness in the face of the crazy things happening around her, and the introduction of Meghan’s and Ash’s son Keirran was unexpected, as was his storyline. The Lost Prince also brings back many familiar faces, including Meghan, Ash, Puck, the queen of exiles Leanansidhe, and the enigmatic Grimalkin. We’re also re-introduced to the sinister ghost-fey from The Iron Knight, the forgotten – fey whose only way of clinging to existence is to drain the glamour from other fey. This makes for an exciting story packed with the same action and suspense that makes the Iron Fey series awesome.

One of the interesting things about this book is that the main characters are mostly human, taking on the fey armed with nothing more than martial-arts sticks. This makes for some intense action scenes! The plot is interesting and the twists are unexpected. I confess that I prefer the original Iron Fey series, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I’m looking forward to seeing where Julie Kagawa takes the series next! 

Rating: 4.5 stars.

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