Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince

Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1; The Iron Fey, #5
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.


Review

I just love this series so much!!! I was ecstatic when I discovered that Julie was going to continue on with the Iron Fey, and even more excited when it was revealed that we would be looking through Megan's brother Ethan's eyes. We finally get to see how being in Faery affected him and what his sister being a Faery Queen means for his family. We see that the family has started falling apart ever since Megan left. The worst part for Ethan isn't that she left, but that she told him to forget her. And the fact that he can See. And being able to See is torturous. We all know that the fey like to torment, and Ethan can't seem to get away. He gets in trouble constantly for things that the fey have done: like getting blamed for setting a school library on fire when in fact the fey were trying to kill him by doing so.

Because of all of these things, Ethan Chase has only one rule. Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them. But after starting a new school, he discovers a half-breed phouka also attending. He attempts to stay away from him, but the boy just draws him in, along with other fey. Not to mention, the schools most popular girl Kenzie can't seem to stay away from him no matter how much of a jerk he is to her. After his new friend disappears, and he and Kenzie are attacked, Ethan has no choice but to seek help from his sister in Faery and to bring Kenzie along with him. And thus begins a wild ride into the Nevernever, only this time, it is two humans trying to survive in a place that only wants to see their demise. Some of our favorite characters appear: Grimalkin, Megan, Ash, Puck. And we gain some knew ones, such as Megan and Ash's son Kierran.

I cannot say enough about how much I am in love with this world. I love every minute of reading about the Nevernever, even if every creature they come across seems to want them to fail. I'm very interested in the Forgotten, which is what this series is going to revolve around. We get a sense of who they are and what they want in this book, and it seems that they just may succeed. You can tell that Ethan has been tormented his whole life over these creatures and he really hates them to the core. He can't stand any of them. I'm really hoping that in the end he makes peace with them, and that he finds a faery girl to fall in love with even though it would seem that the love interest is going to be Kenzie. She is probably my least favorite part about the book. I just couldn't connect with her as a character like I can all of Julie's other characters. I'm not sure why that is, but I've seen several other reviews of this book and most of them have the same views on her. I'm hoping that in the next installment she becomes a character I can connect with. Throughout the book it's clear that Ethan is slowly opening up to the world of Faery, if only to save his sister and those she cares about: her family and her kingdom. I can't wait to see where Julie takes this series from here.


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