Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

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.

Title: The Lost Prince
Author: Julie Kagawa
Published: October 23rd 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Links: Goodreads
Received: Received from Netgalley
Rating: 5 of 5

Mt thoughts: Where do I start with this book? Back when I read The Immortal Rules, and found the first chapter of The Lost Prince at the end I was lost in anticipation. I wanted the rest of the book right then and there but had to wait. Then it showed up on netgalley and I was like: gimme, gimme, gimme!

This part of the story weaves together more missing pieces of the puzzle and begins an entirely new thread to the story that was previously explored in The Iron Knight When Ash traveled to the end of the world to get his soul, he encountered the Forgotten. In The Lost Prince Ethan is the only human up against the Forgotten in their quest to drain the glamour and magic from the Fey.

By some accident Ethan brings a stubborn reporter named MacKenzie who is a cross between Lois Lane and Kenzi off Lost Girl. I’m sure the name bit was just a coincidence, but hell it threw me off. There will always only be one Kenzi in my books and her real name is Ksenia Solo. She’s also the ONLY human in a world of Fey, so again, the striking similarity to Kagawa’s Kenzi is a throw off and a half.

The other interesting thing is Kierran. Again, Kagawa doesn’t tell us how old this kid is in the beginning and if you’ve read Iron’s Prophecy You’ll know that Kierran is Ash and Megan’s son. Thing is, about ten chapters after we’ve met him we find out he’s 17 like Ethan and he’s just aged differently because of the time difference in Faery. Hell, Megan and Ash still look 17 and somehow despite Ash being human he’s still got his glamour and faery magic. I feel like I’ll let that slide in favor of my next rant.

Lo and behold, I cannot be the first author to do anything anymore. Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, these books are riddled with vampires, werewolves, faeries, shifters, and everything else that goes bump in the night. I’ve staked my claim with the Flames and will probably be ready to pummel anyone else who writes about them (ahe, plagiarism anyone?) but cancer. Why cancer? That was my thing, the whole, I’m going to take an epic fantasy and turn it to a contemporary fantasy and deal with an issue like cancer.

Julie beat me to it. I won’t tell you who has cancer, or what exactly happens and I will say that if you give two artists the same topic and say go, they’ll paint two very different pictures. Same thing with authors. While Julie had the cancer idea and ultimately put it in her book, I’ve had the same idea in my head for years and I crafted a very different book.

And now for the good things. Lots more fights going on, there’s also two romances brewing. For a second I thought we were going to get the dreaded love triangle with Ethan, Kenzie and Keirran, this poor human girl torn between the human boy who can see the Faeries, and the Iron Prince, but then Annwyl, a girl from the summer court appeared and Kierran was enamored by her the moment she stepped onto the page and I was thus satisfied. Thank god no love triangles.

Last but not least, thanks for a quick and amazing read. I’ve never mentioned it before but after reading The Iron King I started a file on my phone called “Words to Remember” Kagawa has contributed a great deal to that list through her talented writing.

I can’t wait for the next book in the Iron Fey series!