Friday, December 14, 2012

Book Review: The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa


Blurb: 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.

Not too long ago, Ms. Kagawa hooked me on her Iron Fey series starting with The Iron King. The story had remnants of a fantasy adventure series complete with mysterious quests, a developing romance with a dark, brooding hero, a flippant talking cat and an epic battle against good and evil. The series began and ended, rounding out the story and answering all the questions it began. Or so I thought. 

Let me just say when I found out Ms. Kagawa was continuing the Iron Fey series in a spinoff, I was overjoyed to see a continuation of the family centered around little Ethan. Now Little Ethan is all grown up with his own problems in high school. 

I love the fact that the story began with Ethan as a baby and now continued as he is a young man dealing with the fallout of his sister's decisions. Although Meghan ended with her own happy ending in the NeverNever, her actions left a shadow on the world she left behind. 

As we open, Ethan is a troubled youth with a reputation that precedes him. He is angry, brooding and keeps to himself to limit the amount of trouble that finds him. As stories go, that doesn't happen and he attracts the attention of jocks, a cheerleader (and potential love interest) and a kid being picked on. His act of heroism in saving the kid from the meatheads not only captures the interest of the cheerleader but also the one group he had been evading all his life: the fey.

I absolutely loved the fact that Ms. Kagawa is continuing this series and not in a way that feels like an episodic milking of an overdone story. Considering the ending and how it ties into the previous installments (especially Iron's Prophecy, definitely read that novella before diving into this new series), this is turning into an awesome fantasy family saga. I'm eager to see where she is taking it. The only gripe I have with The Lost Prince is the fact that it took a bit too long to get going on the good parts, the opening setup with Ethan and his problems in school could have been shortened but when things got to the NeverNever, it really picked up. 

I'd hate to say too much for those who are new to this series but if you are looking for a great new YA Fantasy series to dive into with wonderful world building and a story that you could easily lose yourself into, definitely check out the Iron Fey series in order, leading up to this currently running series. You'll be hooked!

I'm looking forward to seeing this series continue next fall with The Traitor Son. The title alone offers an intriguing turn of events from The Lost Prince!

The Iron Fey Series
The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1) 
Winter's Passage (Iron Fey, #1.5) 
The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2) 
The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3) 
Summer's Crossing (Iron Fey, #3.5) 
The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4) 
Iron's Prophecy (The Iron Fey, #4.5)  
The Iron Legends (The Iron Fey, #1.5, 3.5, 4.5) 

Fun Extras: 
Ash's Letter To Meghan  
An Iron Fey Valentine 

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