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I Belong


Early Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Lost Prince

Author: Julie Kagawa

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten (Book 1)

Publication Date: October 23, 2012

Format: Paperback, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 0373210574 (HarlequinTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0373210572 (HarlequinTeen)

Reviewed by: Kayla

Synopsis:

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 myths and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday.

Quick and Dirty: Ethan, Megan’s younger brother, has his own adventure in the Nevernever–against his will.

Opening Sentence: My name is Ethan Chase.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

YAYAYAYAY!!!!! Ya’ll have no idea how excited I was to read Ethan’s story (umm…okay, maybe more like see Puck and Ash…*sighs*). But anyway, Kagawa does not disappoint in this new spin off of the Iron Fey series. She manages to create a new intriguing group of characters that almost (but not quite) lives up to the original series (’cause nothing beats the original cast of characters).

For those of you who have read the Iron Fey series (and those of you who haven’t, GO, SHOO!!! Run to your local book store and buy the whole series!) remember that little six-year-old-kid that was so adorable? Well now Ethan is all grown up and facing his own fey-problems. Ethan has the Sight–the ability to see the fey even though he himself is not fey. And these are not the cute faeries that follow Peter Pan. These are vicious, bloodthirsty, human-antagonizing fey that will cheat you in a deal or take your first born. And Ethan Chase has to see them every morning of his life. That’s why he’s taken up Kali, a martial arts with sticks, knives, or bare hands. Ethan has done everything that’s in his power to stay away from the world his sister, Meghan Chase, has come to embrace. But the world of Faery hasn’t forgotten Ethan. He’s forced to flee into the Nevernever with a girl he wouldn’t dare fall for in tow. A new kind of fey is rising, and it’s up to Ethan and his friends to warn Faeryland.

The bad thing about spin-offs is that the main reason they’re read is to see the reappearances of the old characters. Yes, this was the driving reason I read this book, but once I started reading it, I was once again immersed into the world of Nevernever and intrigued by these new characters. Kagawa’s writing is still beautiful and intoxicating; her descriptions of the surreal Nevernever and action scenes are fit for a movie (I literally view her stories as a movie in my head). Even without Puck, she still had snarky comebacks and lines that had me laughing. But the characters were the driving force in this story.

Forget that cute, clingy little boy that was described in the original Iron Fey. Now he’s a brooding, quiet teen that has to worry about where he looks, how he acts, and who he hangs around. He’s had to switch schools multiple times because of incidents with the fey (the most recent one was when redcaps burned down the school library trying to get to Ethan, but Ethan was blamed because he was seen running from the scene). He can’t get close to anyone because the fey will use them against them. So pretty much everyone sees him as a rebellious teenager in need of some juvie time. Yet Kenzie still insists on getting close to him. I love this girl–she’s spunky, brave, and wants to be a journalist! She has the habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time (on multiple occasions). But she balances Ethan’s don’t-mess-with-me personality, and really, brings a bit of lightness to the story.

There are multiple character arcs in this story so it’s hard to tell where it will go in the next installment. Kerrian has his own star-crossed lover arc, and then there’s the prophesy… But for those of you who just want some more Ash, Puck, or Grimalkin, I’m sure you’ll find some in this story. Yes, they aren’t major characters, but there are still hilarious Puck comments and sarcastic Ash moments. Grim is still disappearing in the midst of danger, and we get to see Meghan adjusted to her position of Iron Queen.

Just a reflection on the book as a whole: it seems like the conflicts in this book parallel the Iron King. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be like that, but (without getting into specifics) the same conflicts appear with different characters. It’s weird. And cool. I’m not quite sure how I feel about it until I can read the next book. AND I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT BOOK!!!!! By the way, if it isn’t apparent by now, I highly suggest this book, even if you haven’t read the past Iron Fey books. Love it! Thank you Julie Kagawa for extending the Iron Fey series!

Notable Scene:

I closed my eyes. “Then, I’m sorry,” I whispered. “I didn’t want to do this. But try not to freak out when we get there.”

“Get… where?”

The circle of fey hissed and flowed toward us, claws reaching out, mouths gaping. Praying this would work, I squeezed Kenzie’s hand in a death grip and flung the token into the puddle at my feet.

A flash of blinding white, a ripple of energy with no sound, I felt my stomach pulled inside out, the ground spinning under my feet, and held my breath. The mad hisses and clicking of the transparent fey cut out, and suddenly I was falling.

I hit the ground on my stomach, biting my lip as the gym bag landed on my shoulder and sent a flare of pain up my arm. Beside me, I heard Kenzie’s breathless yelp as she thumped to the dirt and lay over, gasping.

“What… what in the hell?” she panted, and I heard her struggle to get up. “What just happened? Where are we?”

“Well, well,” answered a cool, amused voice from somewhere above us. “And here you are again. Ethan Chase, your family does have a knack for getting into trouble.”

The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten:

1. The Iron Prince

2. The Traitor Son (TBA)

FTC Advisory: HarlequinTeen provided me with a copy of The Lost Prince. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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