The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa Review: Magical whimsical fey spin off

October 27, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa Review: Magical whimsical fey spin offThe Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1
Published by Harlequin Enterprises, Australia on 2012-10-23
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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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.

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

The Lost Prince is my first foray into the Iron Fey series and what a perfect place to start than with a spin-off series? Perhaps there were some things that weren’t as significant as they would have been if I had read the first series, but I still enjoyed it immensely. Julie Kagawa is a talented writer creating incredible worlds with great character development and romances.

The balance between normalcy and paranormal was really enjoyable and had a Narnia feel, where Ethan starts off going to school in the real world and gets whisked off into the land of Nevernever. Being greeted by a talking cat (also a cait sidhe fey) reminded me of Alice in Wonderland, especially when they encountered all the strange and unusual fey on their way to visit the Iron Queen. The whimsical, magical nature of the faery realms meshing with the real world was fascinating, with Ethan having the gift of Sight to see the fey in real life.

Ethan is a great main character, rough around the edges and guarded against getting close to anyone to prevent them from getting hurt. He’s also a bit of a punk and a bad boy, and he knows the Filipino martial art of kali with knives which makes him a major badass. Despite his hard exterior, I liked how his emotions underpinned his character, especially when it came to his sister. It was also refreshing to follow a guy’s POV, especially when it was done so well.

Although most of the book focuses on the adventure, the relationship was naturally built up over the course of the novel which was great. Kenzie is a great match for Ethan, she’s inquisitive, beautiful and popular but also fearless, stubborn and protective. She kept us on our toes where a few times we were left guessing about her choices, but all was revealed by the end of the book.

Ethan, you’re a sweet, infuriating, incredible guy, and I think I…might be falling for you. But there are things in my life you just can’t protect me from – Kenzie.

I was intrigued with Meghan, having not followed her journey in the Iron Fey series. Why she would keep secrets from her family and abandon them could only be my guess, and I just love how she can be a normal teenager but then switch on her Iron Queen energy. It’s kind of weird how her son Keirran looks like the same age as his uncle and parents…but that just shows how time is in the faerie realms. The secondary characters, Keirran and Annwyl really fascinated me as they were fey that had a forbidden romance. Although Keirran’s whole “we’re going to leave without you so I can protect you” thing was definitely chivalry getting annoying.

Julie Kagawa is a fantastic author and has a knack for creating great characters with wild, imaginary worlds that transport you to another place. I now see the appeal for faerie stories, it’s just such a mystical place with all these magical creatures that can be sinister, threatening and just out of this world. The action, great characters, magical world and romance had me glued to its pages and I’m picking up Iron Traitor straight away. Highly recommended for any lovers of paranormal books!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5


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26 responses to “The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa Review: Magical whimsical fey spin off

  1. I still need to write my review for this book but I agree with you 100%! Now I feel like I really should read the Iron Fey series!

    I really am not a fan of books about the Fae but I really love what Julie Kagawa has done with this series so far, so I think I'll have to totally give the previous books a chance too!

    Great review, Jeann!
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    • Yay, glad you picked up the TFIOS hardback, enjoy it when it arrives! If you don't mind missing out on the back story of Meghan and everything, you can start at The Lost Prince like me. The Iron Traitor is certainly worth it.

  2. Wonderful review Jeann! I think I gave up on fae books when the Wicked Lovely series turned out be such a disappointment for me. But Julie Kagawa's series sounds promising, and everyone seems to love her! I really need to get onto her book asap!
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    • Oh no, I'm sad to hear the Wicked Lovely books was disappointing! I haven't read it yet but have a few of the books from the series. Julie Kagawa is definitely great, I've read her Immortal Rules series as well which is fantastic.

  3. I haven't read any of Julie Kagawa's work before, but I think I'm definitely going to have to start. Yours is one of many reviews of her work that I've seen today! The universe is trying to tell me something lol I had no idea this was a spin off series, so thank you for pointing that out!
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    • YES Keirran is definitely annoying, especially in The Iron Traitor! I have just finished that one so will be reviewing soon. Sounds like The Iron Fey is definitely something I must read soon then 🙂

    • Well this is a spin off series, so you could start from the beginning with Iron King. Although I loved her Immortal Rules Series, if you like vampires I would start with that one.